AMD today announced exclusive collaboration with Square Enix to optimize “THIEF” for the Graphics Core Next architecture in select AMD Radeon graphics processors, as well as the x86 and graphics architectures featured in AMD A-Series APUs. Developed in conjunction with the AMD Gaming Evolved program, “THIEF” will extensively leverage the advanced capabilities of AMD Radeon graphics processors including AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology for panoramic gaming, AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technology for supreme performance, and state-of-the-art DirectX 11 rendering for pristine image quality.
Even though AMD did not share any specific PC features for the new Thief game, there is a high chance to see the company’s TressFX technology being used to it. PCGamesHardware hints at some other techniques too, such as enhanced depth of field or Diffuse HDAO.
Thief will be powered by Unreal Engine 3, and it will be interesting to see whether the game will be able to handle more than three CPU cores. As we’ve seen in the current-gen era, all games that are powered by Unreal Engine 3 are optimized for tri-core CPUs. PS4 and XBOne come with eight CPU cores, so we can at least expect this title to take full advantage of four CPU cores.
The ‘THIEF’ franchise has a storied history that we are proud to join in this latest installment,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “We are even more pleased to work so closely with their development team to realize the vision for these games with the incredible gaming performance of a PC powered by AMD Radeon graphics. And as the exclusive hardware partner for ‘THIEF,’ we continue to demonstrate that the best experience for gamers and developers lives at AMD with the Gaming Evolved program.”
Square Enix is present at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with a wide variety of games and demonstrations to be discovered and experienced hands-on in the South Hall at booth #1647, or online with the Square Enix Presents YouTube™ channel.
“AMD, Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal have a strong and notable relationship,” said Stephane D'Astous,general manager, Eidos-Montréal. “It was only logical that we extend the cooperative efforts of our teams to ‘THIEF,’ imbuing it with the expertise that made ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’ such a technical achievement. Those efforts include a broad range of exclusive performance optimizations for AMD CPUs, APUs and graphics cards, and we are excited about making our game a technology showcase on the PC platform.”
AMD also has a large presence at this year’s E3, located in the South Hall booth #423. From an array of gadgets powered by AMD APUs and CPUs, to UltraHD gaming driven by the world’s most advanced graphics cards, fans can experience AMD’s full commitment to gaming on a diverse range of state-of-the-art computing solutions.