Despite Patrick's insistence that this game will suck, I still hold out some hope for it.
There's a lot of press currently about the bad affects of Hype in games writing and reviewing, but no one ever discusses negative hype. When Super Mario 3D World was discussed before it came out, the best people would say is, "New Mario games are okay, but they're just all the same. Nintendo refuses to do anything new. I'll pass." And now those same people who gave it a judgmental shrug are saying it's one of the best games of the year.
I think Jeff is one of the last game writers who, despite his lovable jadedness, consistently checks himself and adds a legit, "Maybe it'll be great", about games he's down on before release.
So Thief... maybe it'll be great! ;)