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Sucker Punch Not Developing Sly 4

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It has recently been confirmed that Sanzaru Games, not Sucker Punch Studios, will be working to develop the next instalment in the Sly Raccoon series. No doubt some will be disappointed that there has been a change of hands, though the franchise couldn’t have been passed on to a more able studio. If the name still hasn’t rung any bells, Sanzaru Games was the team behind last year’s Sly Collection, so it’s safe to say they have a working knowledge of Sly and his anthropomorphic cohorts. Sanzaru’s Glen Egan also confirmed that Sucker Punch are aiding them with the creative input.

In terms of the game itself, Thieves In Time looks to retain everything fans love about the previous instalments. There will be a number of luscious environments to explore, though whether there will be open-world hubs has yet to be confirmed, though very likely. Bosses will be multi-tiered and worked into the environment to allow for epic set-pieces and enthralling segments of gameplay.

One of the new mechanics being introduced is the use of costumes. Though used in previous games, costumes have mainly been employed for stealth sequences, though this time around their use will be much more vital. In the demo footage shown, Sly could switch between his regular attire and a suit of samurai armour, allowing him to reflect fireball attacks from the featured boss. Costumes and locales could also tie in with the title of the game, which suggests Sly and the gang will partake in time travel.

When asked about possible interactions between the new Sly game and Sony’s upcoming handheld, the PlayStation Vita, Egan hinted at possibilities though for now it’s mainly under wraps.

Source: Gametrailers

  1. bacon_nuts
    Since: Mar 2011

    A tad disappointed/cautious about the change of developer, but it sounds promising and the teaser was amusing.

    Comment posted on 08/06/2011 at 12:55.
  2. monkeyspoon
    Since: Dec 2009

    Interesting. So what are Sucker Punch working on now infamous 2 is out.

    Comment posted on 08/06/2011 at 13:01.
    • Rabid-Coot
      Since: Oct 2009

      Infamous 3

      Comment posted on 08/06/2011 at 13:05.
    • Porcupine_I
      Since: Aug 2009

      Sucker Punch working on a new IP according to their Facebook page

      Comment posted on 08/06/2011 at 18:25.
  3. jimmy-google
    Since: Feb 2009

    I read the word “reimagining” a lot yesterday refering to Sly 4. As long as the essence of Sly is still there I have no problems. I don’t think it’ll be like Naughty Dog leaving Crash or Insomniac leaving Spyro. Sucker Punch still has some involvement as do Sony so hopefully the quality will remain high.

    2012’s release list is looking a little light for me so this is a much needed release.

    Comment posted on 08/06/2011 at 14:28.
    • Cutter.T
      Since: Jun 2009

      The thing that makes me positive about the game is this: It turns out that Sanzaru Games are actually making it because Sucker Punch has left the franchise. The folks at that studio loved the series so much that they were the ones who asked Sony and Sucker Punch if they could make it.

      Look at the video interviews and the giddy smiles on their faces should tell you enough.

      Comment posted on 08/06/2011 at 17:20.
      • Jim H [Teabags]
        Since: Nov 2009

        Exactly :) Sanzaru are passionate about the franchise and feared that Sucker Punch’s commitment to inFamous could jeopardise Sly 4, hence why they pitched to Sony.

        Comment posted on 09/06/2011 at 12:01.
  4. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Could still be cool as thst have a template as oppose to revamqping

    Comment posted on 09/06/2011 at 07:33.