E3: Sly Cooper to Return to PlayStation After Seven-Year Hiatus

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E3: Sly Cooper to Return to PlayStation After Seven-Year Hiatus

Watch out Paris, Sly Cooper is in town, and he's after your valuables.

Before Sucker Punch started working on the superpowered morality plays that are the Infamous games, it created the much more furry Sly Cooper series. It's been quite a while since the last Sly Cooper game, but next year the long raccoon drought will end courtesy of developer Sanzaru Games.

Revealed as part of Sony's E3 press conference, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is scheduled for release in 2012. If the announcement trailer is to be believed - and considering it ends with a joke, it might not be wholly reliable - the game takes place on the streets, and rooftops, of Paris. Sanzaru has previously worked on The Sly Collection, which were PS3 ports of the original three Sly Cooper games with updated graphics and 3D effects.

The Sly Cooper games star an anthropomorphic raccoon thief named, predictably enough, Sly Cooper. Sly is the last surviving member of a line of master thieves, heir to the "Thievius Racoonus," a book containing the collected knowledge of Sly's larceny-inclined family. The games combine comic book and film noir elements with third-person platformer/stealth gameplay.

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Hopefully this will focus on Sly more than his comrades.

Great to finally see it coming back.

My highlight of E3 so far, even with Luigi's Mansion 2 and Star Fox. Though Overstrike is still a close second.

That lizard really knows how to scale the roof tops.

I never played any of the Sly games, but I hope for the fans that this franchise won't suffer the same fate that Crash and Spyro did when they changed developers.

After the last game I was worried that Sly would settle down, but seeing the cops on his tail made me happy.

Loved the old sly games for the PS2. Great to see it making a return. Shame its a PS3 exclusive though.

YEEESSS! This is the best thing! Between this and the Mass Effect 3 info, I'm very happy about this E3.

This game cannot be released soon enough.

Yay! Best news to come out so far!

Casual Shinji:
I never played any of the Sly games, but I hope for the fans that this franchise won't suffer the same fate that Crash and Spyro did when they changed developers.

But they AREN'T changing developers. That's the best part!

The only bad news is that this means no inFamous 3 anytime, soon. But that does mean Sly 4.

Misread the article. :P

Hm. Lotta furries in Escapist.

More to the point: Thieves in "Time"? I'm starting to sense a pattern here...

Onyx Oblivion:

Casual Shinji:
I never played any of the Sly games, but I hope for the fans that this franchise won't suffer the same fate that Crash and Spyro did when they changed developers.

But they AREN'T changing developers. That's the best part!

The only bad news is that this means no inFamous 3 anytime, soon. But that does mean Sly 4.

The article says Sanzaru Games not Sucker Punch. Unless I'm missing something...

And seeing as the industry has a hard on for blockbuster trilogies, I doubt Sucker Punch would leave Infamous by the wayside for a new Sly game.

I don't know... I was never a big fan of the other games. May have to pick up the HD trilogy, before I even think about getting this.

Pimppeter2:
Yay! Best news to come out so far!

Now we just need Jak 4, don't we? ;P

Anyway, great to see a new game for this after so long.
Does the seven year hiatus make Sly a doctor now? /badjoke

Sevre:
My highlight of E3 so far, even with Luigi's Mansion 2 and Star Fox. Though Overstrike is still a close second.

So...everyone is doing reboots or sequels to games released a while back?

...Huh. Thought there would be something original. But hey I loved Luigi's Mansion so no complaints.

I'm about to fail my yearly physical (by having to cancel it) and was dreading it, but this news made me smile big time. Need to get ready to mug-I mean borrow my friends PS3.

I am trying very hard not to get too excited about this (cites the Crash and Spyro debacles mentioned earlier) But it looks somewhat promising, the whole trailer is basically the intro to Sly 1 (albiet with a twist) so if they're at least paying homage to that, hopefully they at least understand what made Sly great and unique and not fall into the trap that Playstation MOVE - Heroes did...ugh I loathe that game...

Still, the thought of Sly being brought out his self-imposed retirement to battle Dimi....wait wait I thought Dimitri was cool with Sly since he helped Dimitri get back his granddads scuba gear...oh bugger.

*edit* grammar...what a cruel mistriss...

It's good to have you back, Sly. It's good to have you back...

FanboyInDisguise:
I am trying very hard not to get too excited about this (cites the Crash and Spyro debacles mentioned earlier) But it looks somewhat promising, the whole trailer is basically the intro to Sly 1 (albiet with a twist) so if they're at least paying homage to that, hopefully they at least understand what made Sly great and unique and not fall into the trap that Playstation MOVE - Heroes did...ugh I loathe that game...

Still, the thought of Sly being brought out his self-imposed retirement to battle Dimi....wait wait I thought Dimitri was cool with Sly since he helped Dimitri get back his granddads scuba gear...oh bugger.

*edit* grammar...what a cruel mistriss...

Well 1)its the same devs
2) ratchet and clanks still doing fairly well after a bazillion sequels.
3) i dont have a third point but im going to ramble for a bit anyway.

*mistress

LOL

I bought 'The Sly Collection' for PS3 and I enjoyed the hell out of it!

Good to see it's back! But then again, there was a hidden teaser for it in 'The Sly Collection' so I was expecting this :P

Genixma:

Sevre:
My highlight of E3 so far, even with Luigi's Mansion 2 and Star Fox. Though Overstrike is still a close second.

So...everyone is doing reboots or sequels to games released a while back?

...Huh. Thought there would be something original. But hey I loved Luigi's Mansion so no complaints.

Only originals I've seen are Overstrike and Dust 514(even that's based on the EVE universe). It's not a great idea to reveal new IPs at E3, you're trying to show not only gamers but investors why they should be interested in you and it's easier to do that with a well established IP that can generate buzz than a new IP which only has one trailer in its bag.

Casual Shinji:

Onyx Oblivion:

Casual Shinji:
I never played any of the Sly games, but I hope for the fans that this franchise won't suffer the same fate that Crash and Spyro did when they changed developers.

But they AREN'T changing developers. That's the best part!

The only bad news is that this means no inFamous 3 anytime, soon. But that does mean Sly 4.

The article says Sanzaru Games not Sucker Punch. Unless I'm missing something...

And seeing as the industry has a hard on for blockbuster trilogies, I doubt Sucker Punch would leave Infamous by the wayside for a new Sly game.

I somehow missed that part...

Must be my excitement.

That said, they did a fantastic job with the porting.

Julianking93:

Pimppeter2:
Yay! Best news to come out so far!

Now we just need Jak 4, don't we? ;P

Its would cure all illnesses in the world, stop all war, and bring great prosperity to all nations. So I say yes.

This is the most pleasant surprise of E3 so far. Now, what about Jak 4?

bet he's glad he didnt mess up the landing on that spike ouch couldve been painfull

As I've said previously, I'm absolutely certain the InFamous climbing engine will be put to use here, albeit with some minor alterations for younger audiences, but mostly in tact.

New Sly, New Rayman, New Luigi's Mansion, New Kid Icarus,

I think my nostalgia receptors be overloading.

I think I came in my pants a little, I love Sly Cooper.

Hm, I don't want to buy a PS3 just to play this, but I really want to play it. Probably the first PS3 exclusive I've cared about enough to consider buying a PS3. Damn you exclusivity!

I was leery at first, as the news of a new developer brought back the old trauma of a certain unmentionable Spyro game for the PS2...

...but the trailer put my worries to rest. This is looking GOOD!

THERE IS A GOD!

If only I had a PS3! This game would have my money in the time it takes to say Thievius Racoonus

Sly Cooper! Cannot wait! Absolutely loved the games on the PS2 and was hopefuly for a new Sly game since the port to the PS3! Woo!!

Onyx Oblivion:

Casual Shinji:

Onyx Oblivion:

But they AREN'T changing developers. That's the best part!

The only bad news is that this means no inFamous 3 anytime, soon. But that does mean Sly 4.

The article says Sanzaru Games not Sucker Punch. Unless I'm missing something...

And seeing as the industry has a hard on for blockbuster trilogies, I doubt Sucker Punch would leave Infamous by the wayside for a new Sly game.

I somehow missed that part...

Must be my excitement.

That said, they did a fantastic job with the porting.

I would agree, except they actually removed some content from the Collection. Like the commentary track in Sly 1. Or the hidden movies(with 2 exceptions) in Sly 2. I was disappointed when I found out. :(

But still, the Sly Collection nevertheless plays marvelously on the PS3.

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