The Thief reboot will not feature quick time events, the developers revealed today in a Q&A about new elements in the game.
This comes after an announcement at E3 that the game would feature quick time gameplay, although the developers stress that quick time events were always quite sparse.
Given the strong reactions it evoked in the press and the community, it was an easy decision to do away with [quick time events] entirely. So we’re not doing it. No quick time.
In the same Q&A, the developers also stated that stealth is still vital to the new Thief game. Upgrades and the new Focus metre will focus largely on aspects of thieving over action, from improved lock picking skills to better hearing.