A leaked schedule listing suggests that Thief 4, the game developer Eidos Montreal once called "the worst kept secret in the industry" on Twitter, looks set to finally jump out of the shadows at next month's Games Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The official timetable for the conference (spotted by posters at the hawk-eyed NeoGAF) shows that one presentation - "Stealing Sound: Generative Music in THIEF " - has attempted to quietly sneak into the conference.

"Innovative audio has been at the heart of the original THIEF titles," says the talk's blurb, and "this presentation will mark the first time that the game has been spoken about publicly."

The talk, which of yet has no confirmed date, promises "the first public insight into Thief [4] and its generative music engine," intends to argue the "benefits of using generative music in games" and "present a theoretical framework for its justification. Developers should more enthusiastically embrace alternative music models to resolve ongoing issues with linearity and to create a musical aesthetic that pushes away from the shadow of film."

The official Thief 4 teaser site hasn't changed. The game was previously confirmed in May 2009, but there has been very little information made public since.

The Games Developers Conference runs from February 28 to March 4.

We're still desperately hoping the game doesn't actually come out being called Thi4f, and that the logo currently being used on the teaser site is all a big joke.

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