Comfortable twentieth birthday, Sly Cooper! In the present day we’re so joyful (and somewhat bit shocked) to have a good time the 20-year anniversary of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus! The place does the time go? Initially shipped on September 23, 2002 for PS2, this was Sly’s authentic journey (often known as Sly Racoon in some components of the world) and our studio’s first-ever PlayStation recreation!
Earlier than we prepared our celebration hats and cake, we now have some model new Sly Cooper merchandise to disclose as we speak to have a good time the milestone. However first we wished to look again on Sly’s legacy throughout the entire franchise and share recollections from a few of our staff who helped form Sly Cooper into the collection we all know and love, again when a few of them had somewhat extra hair or rather less grey in it:
Doing degree design for Sly 1 was an excellent studying expertise. From prototyping utilizing LEGO for the Muggshot rooftop to numerous degree iterations that came about to get the texture and gameplay good. I keep in mind so many alternative variations of ranges I labored on that even after I play it now I may be shocked at what the ultimate variations are!
– Rob McDaniel, Senior Technical Artist
Sly 1 was our first BIG recreation, and there have been a number of milestones the place the sport was very clearly prone to getting canceled. To me, the largest breakthrough was the milestone we invented the “Binoc-u-com” the place Bentley and Sly would hatch plans – however actually it was a good way to present the participant instructions with out it feeling ham-fisted.
On the time we have been constructing Sly, so many video games had been pushing the visible execution bar upwards of their cutscenes – manner past what we have been able to on the time. One in all our greatest choices was to reverse that development and make our cutscenes extra graphic as a substitute—which gave us one thing distinct and distinctive, but additionally prevented combating an arms race we’d by no means win. Nice alternative, and one we used for all of the Sly video games, and developed for InFamous and past.
Sly was our first recreation with skinned characters – and getting his TAIL proper turned out to be one of many trickiest bits. We created a bunch of failed options together with customized spline controls for the animators. The “proper” reply ended up being to animate simply the very base of his tail, and construct a real-time simulation for the remainder. To this present day we nonetheless have “tails” simulations we use in locations!
Favourite second? The ending of Sly 1 – that’s gotta be one in all my favourite sequences we’ve ever shipped! The ultimate bit with the 10-second head-start is perfection.
Lastly, I keep in mind how small the staff was! The 25 of us within the credit was all the studio, together with our testers and the workplace workers! Appears a very long time in the past!
– Brian Fleming, Co-Founder
For one mission in Sly 3, I animated a lemonade consuming recreation. Bentley needed to button mash by means of some poses to out-drink a number of NPCs earlier than a bar room brawl broke out. It was primitive, however it was adequate to get us to about 3 weeks earlier than we shipped when one of many animators lastly changed it with one thing higher. I’m undecided if it was a good suggestion or cautionary story, however it was a enjoyable instance of the concentrate on teamwork that drives Sucker Punch to this present day. We had a ton of customized mechanics in Sly 3 like psychic NPC management, crusing pirate ships, treasure maps, biplane fight, disguises, firework fight, red-blue 3D and hotseat multiplayer. That wouldn’t have been attainable with no ton of teamwork.
– Adrian Bentley, Programming Director
Again within the Sly Cooper days, the staff was a lot smaller, and consequently every of us set to work on all kinds of issues. It felt nice laying out metropolis streets one week, then serving to tune pirate ship fight the subsequent. Sly’s cartoon actuality allowed us to place in no matter piqued our curiosity that month. We’d make choices round no matter obtained probably the most laughs. It was a bohemian environment I’m deeply grateful to have been part of. Additionally, the voice actor who performed Bentley (Matt Olsen) labored at a report retailer close to my home. It was cool catching up with him on weekends and getting tips about bands I’d by no means hear of.
– Nate Fox, Inventive Director
It’s arduous to consider twenty years have handed for the reason that world first met Sly, however we wished to ensure to throw him a party in model. We kicked off the celebration earlier this week with The Sly Assortment, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and Bentley’s Hackpack becoming a member of the Classics Catalog for Premium members on PlayStation Plus*. Past that, as we speak we’re joyful to debut some new artwork and merchandise to honor the franchise’s legacy.
First, authentic Sly Cooper artwork director Dev Madan created a completely beautiful tribute to twenty years of Sly, with a gorgeous authentic piece of artwork jam-packed with references and easter eggs.
It’s simple to get misplaced looking at the entire wonderful particulars, and as we speak we now have two alternative ways so that you can get this beautiful poster on your residence.
First, we’ve partnered with our mates at Prepare dinner & Becker for an extremely high-quality high quality artwork print of the anniversary artwork. The print, on FSC-certified Radiant White 270gsm paper, shall be obtainable in two sizes: a 28” x 40” model restricted to 40 hand-numbered items obtainable beginning at $225 USD, and a 20″ x 28″ model restricted to 150 hand-numbered items obtainable beginning at $120 USD. Each variations will solely be obtainable whereas provides final, and can embrace a Certificates of Authenticity signed by artist Dev Madan.
The prints will start transport in early October 2022. You’ll be able to pre-order beginning as we speak at Prepare dinner & Becker with transport obtainable worldwide.
We even have an alternate poster print of the artwork obtainable on the PlayStation Gear retailer – an 18″ x 24″ print on pound 100 gloss textual content paper. It will likely be obtainable for $24.95 USD with an estimated ship date of December 2.
Dev Madan has additionally created a model new Sly Cooper twentieth Anniversary t-shirt design obtainable on the PlayStation Gear retailer, that includes model new artwork of Bentley, Murray, Carmelita Fox and Sly himself! This 4.3-ounce, 100% combed ring-spun cotton shirt additionally options the Sly Cooper twentieth Anniversary brand on the suitable sleeve. This shall be obtainable for $33.95 USD with an estimated ship date of December 2.
Transport for PlayStation Gear is accessible within the following areas:
- LATAM: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
- EU: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Eire, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK
Pre-orders for each the shirt and poster can be found beginning as we speak on the PlayStation Gear retailer!
And eventually as we speak, our mates at Fangamer have created a model new Sly Cooper twentieth Anniversary Plush! This cute model of Sly sits at about 9 inches tall, and features a plush cane that may connect to Sly’s arms by way of a magnet. Fangamer will start transport the Sly plush worldwide early subsequent yr, and you’ll enroll now at Fangamer to be alerted as quickly as orders change into obtainable!
Thanks for 20 years of assist for Sly Cooper! In only a few weeks, Sucker Punch will have a good time our twenty fifth anniversary general, and whereas we’ve moved on to new worlds since then, our work on Sly is an unimaginable a part of that legacy that we’ll at all times be pleased with. We hope everybody enjoys revisiting the collection or discovering it for the primary time on PlayStation Plus, and for those who decide up any of the merchandise we introduced as we speak, please present us your assortment on Twitter by sending pics to @SuckerPunchProd!
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