Sly Cooper Thieves In Time Video Interview

Last month at E3, we got to see a closed door session of Sly Cooper Thieves In Time with developer Sanzaru Games. Since I recently finished up the Sly Cooper Collection for the PS3, I figured this would be a great time to talk about what we saw.

The presentation started off with a trailer and then some gameplay. The story picks up right after Sly 3 and pages start disappearing from the Thievius Raccoonus right before Bentley’s eyes. It’s up to him to get the gang back together and set off on a series of adventures through time. All the familiar Sly elements were there with the sound effects, sneaking, climbing and standard platforming. We even got to see a bit of Murray making his way through one of the levels. Scheduled to release some time in 2012, the characters, environments, lighting and animations were already looking really polished. When it hits, it will have multiple playable characters like Sly 2 and 3, much larger levels to explore with a ton of interactivity and of course it’ll have 3D support as well.

The demo then moved on to a boss battle with El Jeffe voiced by none other than Nolan North. Speaking of voice actors, the original cast is back so there should be no worries on that front. The boss battle harkened back to Sly 1 with a lot of timing and patterns to work out but it also showed off destructible environments. It looks like they’re really trying to ramp things up and it should be a lot of fun based on what we saw.

Glen Eagan, President of Sanzaru Games said that they’ve been working closely with Sucker Punch in developing the new game and after the stellar job they did porting the Sly Cooper Collection to the PS3, you can rest assured that the game is in good hands. These guys are fans of the the originals and it shows. I got to talk with Glen after the presentation and he spoke about how they became the developers for the game, some of the improvements and a bit more about costumes.

Look for more coverage in the coming months as I bug Sanzaru for any tidbits about my new favorite game series.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 25 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation – minus the Switch.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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  • Nice interview. But I do have to ask, where did you get that Shooter t shirt?

    • lol,

  • Anonymous

    I really liked that they did the Sly Collection first, especially since they aren’t the original developers.  It helps with the continuity of the game, yet since they are a different developer I’m interested in what they are going to add as their twist.  The “costumes” sounds interesting, something I haven’t heard mentioned until your interview, so thanks!

  • Scruffy

    This also has become one of my favorite game franchises.  That’s what I love about these HD collections, I get to play a lot of these games I missed out on last generation.

  • Awesome stuff yo!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so let me get this straight – gorgeous visuals, bigger boss fights and Metroid-esque backtracking and hidden areas. I think I just hopped on the hype train. I’m really impressed with the franchise as a whole, each new title has managed to expand in scope, while retaining all the charm of previous incarnations. Given that Sanzaru handled the Sly Collection and their comments here, where they really seem to “get” the franchise, I am excited about this next title and hopefully its the first in a long line of future Sly games.

    • Yeah, it blew everyone away when we got the live demo. I’m really hoping that we’ll be able to do a preview on this one.

  • Anonymous

    I think I’ll have to get the Sly collection as I have never played this series and really want to.

    Nice interview.

    • It’s an incredible bargain for three awesome games.  Well worth it.

  • I just can’t wait for this game! Now let’s hope that once Sanzaru Games is done with Sly 4 they will work on Ratchet and Clank and/or Jak and Daxter Collection! *_*

  • I saw it at PAX Prime and it looks unbelievable.  The tail graphics are awesome.  But yeah, they’re making the stages more lateral, which is really cool.  Also, from what Glen teased, there will be the time trials from the first game.  Excellent.