Thief II: The Metal Age is a 2000 stealth game developed by Looking
Glass Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. Like its predecessor
Thief: The Dark Project, the game follows Garrett, a master thief who
works in and around a steampunk metropolis called the City. The player
assumes the role of Garrett as he unravels a conspiracy related to a new
religious sect. In response to feedback from players of the original
Thief, the developers placed a heavy focus on urban stealth in the
sequel, and they minimized the use of monsters and maze-like levels.
Looking Glass neared bankruptcy as the game was created, and the company
was kept running by advances from Eidos. Thief II received positive
reviews from critics and its initial sales were stronger than those of
its predecessor, but the game's royalties were processed slowly, which
compounded Looking Glass's financial troubles. As a result, the company
closed in May 2000, with plans for Thief III canceled. The third game in
the series, entitled Thief: Deadly Shadows, was developed by Ion Storm
and published by Eidos in 2004. Thief 2X: Shadows of the Metal Age, an
expansion mod for Thief II, was released in 2005.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thief_II:_The_Metal_Age>
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