Thief: The Dark Project

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This page is for the 1998 game. For the 2014 reboot, see Thief.

Thief: The Dark Project
Thief: The Dark Project cover
Developers
Looking Glass Studios
Publishers
1998-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
Engines
Dark Engine
Release dates
Windows December 1, 1998
Reception
Metacritic 92
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth, Immersive sim
Art styles Realistic
Themes Steampunk, Fantasy, Medieval, Victorian
Series Thief
Thief: The Dark Project on HowLongToBeat
Thief: The Dark Project on IGDB
Thief: The Dark Project guide on StrategyWiki
Thief: The Dark Project on MobyGames
Thief: The Dark Project on Wikipedia
Thief
Thief: The Dark Project 1998
Thief II: The Metal Age 2000
Thief: Deadly Shadows 2004
The Dark Mod (unofficial spin-off) 2009
Thief 2014

Key points

TFix helps run the game on modern systems.

General information

TTLG Forums - Thief Series
TTLG Forums - modding & mission design
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
TFix removes the CD check.
Windows
Amazon.com
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Thief Gold.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Thief Gold. Uses TFix Lite 1.26. Includes manual, wallpaper, reference card, soundtrack, avatars and concept arts.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Thief Gold.
Windows
Humble Store
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Thief Gold.
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Thief Gold.
Windows
An updated version of the original demos is available.

Version differences[edit]

Thief: Gold includes extra missions, bug fixes, and some other enhancements, but makes controversial changes to existing missions that tone down supernatural themes and otherwise alter the perception of characters.
  • You can "downgrade" an installation of Thief: Gold to Thief: The Dark Project if you want to play the game closer to as originally published (though not perfectly) by using GoldToDark.

Essential improvements[edit]

Unofficial Patches[edit]

NewDark[edit]

NewDark is an fan-developed update patch to the Dark Engine that let Thief: The Dark Project / Thief: Gold runs on modern systems.

Can be applied alongside TFix for additional improvements. Later versions of TFix also have NewDark pre-installed.

GoldToDark[edit]

GoldToDark is a "downgrade" community patch for Thief Gold that will revert most changes made in Thief Gold into a version more like the original Thief: The Dark Project.

This must be used on a clean installation of Thief Gold.
TFix can be installed thereafter and should correctly detect that you are using The Dark Project instead of Thief Gold.

TFix[edit]

TFix is an "upgrade" patch that updates the game with NewDark, which improves compatibility for modern systems.

Features many mission fixes and optional texture mods.
The GOG release has an out-of-date, lite version of this patch. It's recommended that you update the TFix Lite, which does not have texture mods and mission fixes or install TFix.
Unlike the GOG release, the Steam release does not use TFix.
Restart the current mission (or progress to the next one) after patch installation. Otherwise you may encounter various issues, such as torches that don't properly go out when extinguished.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Tell intro not to play[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open cam.cfg using Notepad.
  3. Add the line skip_intro to the file and save it.

Scale UI Accurately[edit]

UI scales incorrectly at higher resolutions[citation needed]

Install NewDark via T2Fix.

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open cam_ext.cfg.
  3. Change ;d3d_disp_scaled_2d_overlay 64 to d3d_disp_scaled_2d_overlay 64.
  4. Save the file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/211600/pfx/[Note 2]
Configuration files are: cam.cfg (basic settings, resolution), cam_ext.cfg (NewDark advanced settings), cam_mod.ini (Mod and fan mission options), install.cfg and user.bnd (key bindings).

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVES[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/211600/pfx/[Note 2]
Fan mission saves are kept in the mission's folder.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings (GOG.com version).
In-game video settings (GOG.com version).
In-game resolution settings (GOG.com version).
In-game resolution settings (GOG.com version).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOV[citation needed]
  1. Install TFix and set the resolution you want in-game.
  2. If your FOV is not detected correctly go to the installation folder and edit cam_ext.cfg.
  3. Change ;fov 90 to fov ## with the FOV you want.
  4. Save your changes and relaunch the game.

Windowed[edit]

Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Install TFix.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Edit cam_ext.cfg.
  4. Change ;force_windowed to force_windowed.
  5. Save your changes and set your chosen resolution in-game.
For borderless fullscreen windowed mode choose the desktop resolution in-game.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Installing TFix enables Vsync by default. Vsync can be disabled.
Disable Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit cam_ext.cfg.
  3. Change ;vsync_mode 0 to vsync_mode 0 and save your changes.

High frame rate[edit]

Set frame rate and correct game speed[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit cam_ext.cfg.
  3. Change framerate_cap 100.0 to framerate_cap ### with the FPS you want.
  4. Change ;phys_freq 60 to phys_freq 60 and save your changes.
  5. For more than 250 FPS change SlowFrame 4 to ;SlowFrame 4

Input[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No game-managed mouse acceleration. In addition, Windows mouse acceleration can be disabled in-game by adding use_raw_mouse_input to cam_ext.cfg.
Mouse sensitivity
Default sensitivity is very high.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Go to Options and set Joystick: On.
Full controller support
Pausing and menu navigation cannot be rebound from their mouse and keyboard inputs.
Controller remapping
Analog triggers and the right analog stick cannot be bound.
Controller sensitivity
Lacks analog camera movement.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
DualShock 4 controllers
Supports Directinput controllers.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes false
Generic/other controllers
Supports DirectInput controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings (GOG.com version).
In-game audio settings (GOG.com version).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master volume and ambient sound (usually controls background music in addition to atmospheric sound effects, like machinery).
Surround sound
See EAX support. Up to 7.0 output.[1] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software for non NewDark versions.
Subtitles
Supported since NewDark 1.22. Simply update the game with the latest TFix, go to this page, and follow the instructions.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0, EAX 1[2]

EAX support[edit]

Thief features enhanced 3D sound effects that originally required a Creative sound card with special EAX drivers. To use EAX effects on modern systems, do the following:
Install patch and OpenAL[citation needed]
  1. Install NewDark using TFix.
  2. Install OpenAL 2.1.0.0.
  3. In the game go to Options, Audio, and change Hardware Acceleration to OpenAL. EAX can now be used.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
For subtitles use the New Thief Gold subtitles patch.
French
Retail only.
German
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Hungarian
Fan translation by KGy.
Polish
Retail only. Patch for digital release here. A subtitles patch has existed, but is currently lost.[3]
Russian
Fan translation by «Dark Fate Team», download.
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See install/setup instructions. Alternatively see Helix Mod: Thief Gold.
iZ3D
See install/setup instructions.
vorpX
2D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list. Available 3D mode not confirmed yet.

Issues fixed[edit]

A detailed forum thread for technical difficulties is available on the Through The Looking Glass forum.

Crashes on multi-core systems[edit]

Install TFix[citation needed]

Install NewDark via TFix.

Videos do not play[edit]

Install TFix[citation needed]

Install NewDark via TFix.

Set game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Windows ME

Gamma slider has no effect on gamma/brightness[edit]

TFix and config tweak[citation needed]

Install NewDark via TFix.

If you still can't change gamma:

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open cam_ext.cfg.
  3. Change ;d3d_disp_no_rgb10_buf to d3d_disp_no_rgb10_buf.
  4. If running in windowed or borderless fullscreen mode, change ;d3d_disp_sw_cc to d3d_disp_sw_cc
  5. Save the file.

Retail version won't install[edit]

Owners of the original disc version may encounter problems when attempting to install on modern operating systems.[4]
Copy files manually
  1. Copy the THIEF folder found on the first disc to a non-protected folder (e.g. C:\Games\)
  2. Copy the THIEF folder found on the second disc to the folder you have previously created, overwriting the first folder.
  3. Install TFix.

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

Thief has frame rate issues in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.
Install TFix[citation needed]

Install NewDark via TFix.

Lag and stuttering[edit]

Add a line to user.cfg

Install NewDark via TFix.

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open USER.cfg.
  3. Add the line small_portal_repel.
  4. Save the file.
TFix and config tweak[citation needed]

Install NewDark via TFix.

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open cam_ext.cfg.
  3. Change d3d_disp_no_rgb10_buf to ;d3d_disp_no_rgb10_buf.
  4. Save the file.

Laggy/jittery mouse input[edit]

Use MarkC's Mouse Acceleration Fix
  1. Go to this website.
  2. Follow the instructions on the site.
T2Fix and config tweak[citation needed]

Install NewDark via T2Fix.

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open cam_ext.cfg.
  3. Change ;d3d_disp_limit_gpu_frames 1 1 to d3d_disp_limit_gpu_frames 1 1.
  4. Save the file.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6, 9 DirectX 9 requires NewDark/TFix.
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound, OpenAL OpenAL requires NewDark/TFix.

View bob[edit]

By default, Thief: The Dark Project has view bob that may cause motion sickness.
Edit the configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\cam_ext.cfg with a text editor.
  2. Find the line ;bob_factor 0.3.
  3. Remove the semicolon and set the value to 0.
bob_factor 0.0

Mods[edit]

AngelLoader[edit]

Standalone FM loader where you can manage, install, and play all of your FMs in one place.
Supports Thief 1, Thief 2, Thief: Deadly Shadows and System Shock 2.
Well maintained and open source.

Fan Missions[edit]

A large number of Fan Missions, many of very high quality, have been produced for the Thief games.

A categorised list is available here.
Some of the older FMs for Thief Gold and the Dark Project suffer compatibility issues when played with TFix/NewDark. An ongoing effort to preserve, test and fix these missions has resulted in a series of patches.
Running Fan Missions[citation needed]
  1. Install TFix and ensure the installer option to create a shortcut to the FM Selector is checked. If you did not check this option, add the command line argument -fm on a Thief desktop shortcut or in the Steam interface.
  2. Start FM Selector using this shortcut.
  3. Select a folder for installed missions and an FM .zip archive path when prompted. Do not put the archive path inside the FMs folder or vice-versa, otherwise things will not work correctly.
  4. To install a mission, drop its .zip file (do not extract it) into your chosen archive path, start the selector, double click the mission/zip file name and select 'Ok'. It has now been extracted to the installed missions folder.
  5. Launch the mission by double-clicking the name again. To launch the original game select 'Skip FM' in the lower-left corner.

Texture mods[edit]


Enhancement Pack 2.0
An updated version of the original Enhancement Pack (which is included in TFix and is much less comprehensive). This contains higher-quality reproductions of original textures and objects. Also works with Thief II: The Metal Age.


The Necro Project
Very similar to the Enhancement Pack 2 but focuses on giving the game a slightly darker, noir look. Somewhere between the EP2 and HD Mod in lore accuracy. Also works with Thief II: The Metal Age.


Thief Gold HD Texture Mod
Adds new textures, effects and enemy skins to all original missions. Significantly alters the game's graphical style (far more than the two packs above). The mod is compatible with Thief: The Dark Project and Thief Gold. Includes a tool to configure advanced graphics settings (Anti-Aliasing, Bloom, etc.). An FAQ with installation steps is available.


Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack (mirror)
Thief Gold textures upscaled 4x using AI, more accurate to the original textures than other texture packs, but of less resolution than other alternatives. It is far higher in resolution and detail than the original textures however. Provides a more vanilla but HD look for the game.


Thief Gold HQ Paintings Pack (mirror)
Standalone addition of the ESRGAN mod for Thief Gold and Thief II: The Metal Age. All paintings from the game being manually recreated using real-life originals from online galleries in HQ 1024x1024 resolution. Could be used with any other modifications.

Additional mods[edit]


AM16's Thief1 Fixed
Fixes many issues in the original maps, such as misaligned textures and bugs, no changes to gameplay have been done.


Sound effects enhancement pack
Provides cleaned-up and resampled sound files for Thief Gold and Thief II: The Metal Age. The quality difference is particularly noticeable when wearing headphones.


ESRGAN Video Pack (mirror) 60 FPS version
Provides AI upscaled cinematics with 320x240->640x480 size enhancement and 15 to 30 or 15 to 60 fps conversion with filtering compression artifacts of the original videos. Requires TFix to work. It's a part of the Thief Gold ESRGAN Texture Pack, but can be installed standalone.


Thief Gold Fresh UI
provides a new UI for Thief Gold.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 210 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA video card
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible
Sound (audio device) 100% DirectX 6.0 compatible sound card
Other 4x CD-ROM drive
The system requirements for NewDark/TFix- and by extension those for the GOG.com release- are higher than the original requirements listed here.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/211600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (211600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References