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New Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Gameplay Video, Treasure Design Contest Winners

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Happy New Year from the Sly gang! 2012 was full of fantastic gaming goodness. Hopefully you’ve found some favorites (I know I have – Persona 4 Golden, anyone?) that you’re still playing, but we’re sure you’re already looking ahead to what’s landing in 2013.

By the looks of it, 2013 is looking just as good with the upcoming release of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time! Sly and the gang are back on February 5th for $39.99 on PlayStation 3 and $29.99 on PS Vita. If you buy the PS3 copy, you’ll receive the digital PS Vita version from PSN at no additional cost.

Today we’re here to give you a taste of some of the new gameplay you’ll get to experience. In case you missed it, we had an IGN Live session right before the holidays, with Glen Egan and Mat Kraemer from Sanzaru Games showing off the first few hours of the game. In that preview you got a glimpse of some of the gameplay mechanics, Sly’s samurai costume, his Japanese ancestor Rioichi Cooper, and a look at one of the vibrant lush environments Sly will be visiting as he travels through time. In this new gameplay video below, you’ll get to see how the team works together to pull a heist on El Jefe, the epic boss you’ll meet during your travels to Feudal Japan.

This is just a slice of how the game is going to break down but there will be plenty to do aside from that, including earning all of the costumes — which you’ll be able to replay the game with to find new collectables and hidden treasures. Speaking of collectables, we’d like to take a minute to announce the winners of our Sly Cooper Treasure Design Contest! It’s been quite a while, but we finally got a hold of the winners and are happy to reveal the two winning designs. Both the items below and their descriptions will be included as collectable treasures in Thieves in Time:

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time - Cane Polish

–By Case M.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time - Cookie Jar

–By Jaime P.

We had tons of entries and the team had a tough time choosing these winners, but we want to make sure everyone got to see their designs! Big congrats as well to our runner-up winners, who were also notified. We hope you’ve been enjoying the fantastic prizes!

Bet you can’t wait to start playing, right? Well good news — we’ll be releasing a new downloadable demo, so you can get some hands-on time with Sly before the game hits store shelves. Starting January 22nd, the new demo will be available exclusively for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Then, on January 29th, it will be available publicly to all PSN users. For those of who got early access to the first Sly demo from the Ratchet & Clank Collection, this demo is brand new — so be sure to check this one out as well! Stay tuned for lots more on Sly as we head toward launch, and don’t forget to pre-order your copy today.

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Remmulak said:

January 9th, 8:09 am

Nice price point…$39.99 with cross buy ….definitely will pick this up. Didn’t play the previous ones, looking forward to this one.

G-Force08 said:

January 9th, 8:13 am

Wow. $39.99? I’m surprised! That’s a great price!

Also, sucks that I didn’t win (of course I wasn’t going to) but I like the relics. Also, loving the Daxter relic there too. ;)

I can’t wait for this game! C’mon February!

remanutd5 said:

January 9th, 8:19 am

$39.99 both versions? oh my god, 2 copies sold!!!!! anyways where is our psvita demo?

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:43 pm

    PS Vita demo will drop on 01/29 =)

IzoGray said:

January 9th, 8:27 am

Yo my threads on the ign Vesti get to two pages like it’s nothing.
Are there two trophy lists, aka two platinums?

Do they unlock for each system on one playthrough?

pls respond.

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:43 pm

    One trophy list to rule them all. Sorry! No doubles.

anti-altair16 said:

January 9th, 8:29 am

40 bucks?! YES! I’ll be pre-ordering next week since I could totally afford this now. Good price to set the game at since it’s not getting much attention. I just hope it sells enough copies to be a profit. Can’t wait to try it out on the Vita also. I’m excited for that demo on the 22nd!

TRIX_BOL said:

January 9th, 8:29 am

Thieves in Time looks good, Now with that price for two copies, it sure makes it marvelous!
Sly Cooper series are so fun to play. Good job to the Team at Sanzaru Games.

valber16 said:

January 9th, 8:30 am

Very good. I’m hoping the game for a long time. And it is very good to know that I can have both to version PSVita + PS3 for a single price.Thanks Sony.

Zookey said:

January 9th, 8:30 am

Platted/loved first 3–so psyched!

Couple of questions:

A) Is the PS3 and Vita versions 2 separate Platinums?

B) Since you can use the Vita somewhat (to find treasures), does this mean Sly 4 uses Cross Controller capability–like I can use my Vita as a complete replacement for a DualShock?

WilburMonkey said:

January 9th, 8:30 am

Can you say about how much memory card space the Vita version will require?

MakoSOLIDER said:

January 9th, 8:31 am

woah! 39.99! Is that so? Awesome!

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    Kristine Steimer said:

    January 9th, 11:49 am

    Just jumping in here since Cristian is out of the office — yes, it is so! $39.99 :D

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:45 pm

    Thanks, Kristine!

remanutd5 said:

January 9th, 8:33 am

can we pre order the game on psn? and is the demo coming out on the 22nd a vita one or just for the ps3?

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:46 pm

    No, unfortunately.
    The demo on the 22nd is PS3 only. Vita on the 29th!

anti-altair16 said:

January 9th, 8:33 am

@Cristian Cardona
Question. Is it $40 only on PSN or will it be $40 in stores too?

iZalman007 said:

January 9th, 8:34 am

What is the reason for the pricecut? Great news!

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:47 pm

    We want to make it a no-brainer purchase!

pscoolman said:

January 9th, 8:34 am

Why is it now only $40? I’m super happy about it, but is the price drop because of the length of the game or is it to get as many new Sly fans as possible?

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:47 pm

    As many fans as possible. Believe me, it’s not going to be any less of a Sly experience!

Welmosca said:

January 9th, 8:36 am

My God a demo…can’t wait for January 22nd….I’m so excited I can’t wait to have this game on my hands…and damn $40.00 is too cheap…even more considering that we get the Vita version together….Thieves in Time is one of my most anticipated games of 2013….I’m really counting on Sanzaru in this one….Sly is one of the best video game series ever created.

G-Force08 said:

January 9th, 8:36 am

I’m just waiting for them to come back and correct the price. :/

Hopefully it stays $39.99.

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    Kristine Steimer said:

    January 9th, 11:47 am

    It is $39.99 for the PS3 version, though not all retail sites appear to be updated yet. :)

gmrdad3 said:

January 9th, 8:41 am

Sweet! I have Sly PS3 reserved but with this pricing I might buy a Vita copy too since we have 3 Vitas in our house and can only do the free Vita copy on 1 or 2 of the 3 Vitas due to account limits. Now I can get both PS3 and Vita versions for $70. Thanks!

professorportal8 said:

January 9th, 8:42 am


only 1 platinum

TubaDude49 said:

January 9th, 8:42 am

This $40 price tag for the game makes me nervous. $50 is seen as a budget title, and $40 is usually reserved for re-released HD collections. Is this game going to have the same depth and polish as the Sucker Punch titles?

It may turn out being great, Wipeout HD/Fury could have easily gone as two separate full-price retail games without me feeling ripped off, but all I’m saying is that the deeply discounted price on Thieves in Time does not exude confidence in the finished product.

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:49 pm

    That’s not always the case. The real question is, do you want to have an awesome game for $40, or have an awesome game for $60? We’ll take the extra 20 if you want to give it to us =)

DarkDoc23 said:

January 9th, 8:45 am


Do yourself a favor, and buy the Sly Collection. The originals were made by Sucker Punch, the guys behind inFamous 1 and 2. They are great, and the humor and gameplay are incredible. If you like stealth gameplay, you’ll like them.

cubbielovr said:

January 9th, 8:47 am

I am very excited for this game, and the $39.99 price point is a great bonus! Good work Sanzaru, and thanks for the great news!

xZEEZO said:

January 9th, 8:48 am

no special edition ? :(

anti-altair16 said:

January 9th, 8:49 am

@iZalman007 @pscoolman @G-Force08 @TubaDude49

The reason it’s $40 is because it likely won’t sell well due to the game not getting much attention and the fact that Sly Cooper doesn’t have that big of a fan base. So lowering the price will get more people to buy the game. People will probably buy it new instead of used also since it’s launching at such a low price.

TRIX_BOL said:

January 9th, 8:54 am

@ anti-altair16
Right on the dot dude. To everyone out there over-thinking the game will suck or have poor graphics only because it will cost $39.99 +Tax, shame on you. Sly and the gang are an especial piece to the PlayStation franchise since it debuted on PS2. The games are humorous and addictive.

awhoowhoo2 said:

January 9th, 8:58 am

it is nice for the ps3 version of the game is only 40 bucks,but it is too bad that my treasure didn’t made it into the game. this game will be the one of the greatest game of 2013. Good job sanzaru and i will get the new demo on jan 29.

Jesszman said:

January 9th, 8:59 am

Will this be available on PSN day one?

ultimatepunchrod said:

January 9th, 9:02 am

Awesome price point! Can’t wait to play!

BLEACH-Fan said:

January 9th, 9:05 am

Daxter easter egg = WIN!!!, Sanzaru please make a Jak and Daxter game

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SNORLAXex said:

January 9th, 9:06 am

Having cross-buy just makes this perfect. I’m so excited!

TaggSte said:

January 9th, 9:17 am

Thanks for the new video!

Is there any chance of getting an unlockable “classic” Sly skin (PS2-era look)? I’m sure I’ll get used to the new Sly look, but I’d love a PS2-era skin.

JimmyHACK said:

January 9th, 9:23 am


GT-420 said:

January 9th, 9:29 am

Boy announcing the winners took you guys forever…I think a lot of people don’t care anymore. And to be honest, those winning designs are IMO quite underwhelming. Two boring looking bottles? I thought this was a ‘design’ contest? Cane polish and a cookie jar don’t strike me as very creative. I have to think you must have passed on some truly great entries that people sent in. The EU version of this contest awarded prizes to Oh well, thanks anyways for running the comp.

The winners of the EU Sly Cooper contest had much more interesting treasures (Egyptian Vase, Spyglass):

I guess it’s not just Plus that has discrepencies.

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:52 pm

    Bottom line is that it worked for us and the team and we’re happy with the choices. The thing with ‘design’ is that, like art, it’s largely a matter of opinion and preference.

    These designs *and* descriptions were our favorites and in the end, that’s all that mattered.

Chrono-Cactaur said:

January 9th, 9:30 am

>$39.99 on PlayStation 3

Well played, Sony. Now I think I can get this game closer to its release date, which is great for me and my wallet. At $60 I would have had to wait a few months for a price drop.

You see? Not every single game has to be $60. Since you guys are trying to target the family/casual crowd a bit more in the coming years, keep that in mind because people LOVE IT when games aren’t $60. That price point brings negative connotations.

Anyways, February is going to be awesome. I actually hope Luigi’s Mansion doesn’t come out in the same month so I can fully enjoy Sly 4.

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:53 pm

    You know you could, uh…skip Luigi.
    *hint hint*

vanwinkle said:

January 9th, 9:30 am

THAT’S AN INSANE PRICE. Seriously. I can’t believe it.

NOW. Is that demo going to be on Vita as well!?

StargamerX said:

January 9th, 9:42 am

Okay, too many awesome things just happened.

$39.99 price point? The fact that they haven’t corrected it yet leads me to believe it’s not a mistake.

A brand-new demo on the 22nd.

DAXTER is a collectible treasure! Way to tease Sanzaru, I really hope you are working on Jak 4. My mind would be blown. I think you would be the only other developer than Naughty Dog that I would trust Jak and Daxter with.

This game looks awesome, extremely hyped for February 5th!

Gorvi said:

January 9th, 9:42 am

Will the demo be for PS3, Vita, or both?

Ryumoau said:

January 9th, 9:43 am

only $40 and cross buy? Awesome! Thats how you sell a game appropriately. :)

Pikmologist said:

January 9th, 9:50 am

Only $39.99 probably means it doesn’t have that much content to cost $59.99. At least tehy are being honest unlike other people. :P

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:54 pm

    Nope. That’s your assumption – truth is, there’s PLENTY PLENTY. Price doesn’t always equal quality or content.

tabreez said:

January 9th, 9:53 am

Is it true that the game releases in March 27th for the UK?

PhoenixDowny said:

January 9th, 10:00 am

I’ve never played a Sly Cooper game before but I am looking forward to picking this up for my PS Vita.

professorportal8 said:

January 9th, 10:02 am

DaGimp13 said:

January 9th, 10:09 am

$40 for both? sold for sure. is the crossbuy deal available for both physical disc and digital versions for PS3, or just when bought via PS Store? or is it just a voucher inside the case for physical copies only?

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    Kristine Steimer said:

    January 9th, 11:56 am

    Cross-buy works for both digital and physical copies of the PS3 version of the game. JimmyHack below explained how the physical redemption works, on digital versions you’ll get the entitlement for both games on the Store.

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:55 pm

    Kristine. Droppin’ knowledge.

johnnyp70 said:

January 9th, 10:17 am

Is this price correct? None of the retailers I checked have that price point.

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:55 pm

    It is. They’ll take a bit to update.

RenderMonk said:

January 9th, 10:27 am

So how were those two selected winners (with no names mind you, like were given on the UK winners) and the runners up (also with no names given) able to list more than 250 characters? I was only able to input 250 characters, instead of words…..Just feel like this whole contest got screwed up, and rather than coming clean about it, shady stuff went down, and Yes, I feel raw about it. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth about making the game purchase now too.

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    Cristian Cardona said:

    January 9th, 12:56 pm

    They submitted their idea and it fit the rules (character limits).
    The team went ahead and fleshed it out to make it work for them. Hence, the longer copy.

Mattotastic said:

January 9th, 10:30 am

I was not expecting that price as most $40-on-release games are either HD Collections or Bundles, so I’m glad to hear!

Can’t wait to pick it up in February.

krae_man said:

January 9th, 10:30 am

And I thought I was getting a deal preordering it for $44.99 back during Futureshop’s E3 sale.

johnnyp70 said:

January 9th, 10:42 am

Will this also be available as a Day 1 download?

infamousXX87XX said:

January 9th, 10:45 am

I was going to buy it at $60. So this price point is definitely welcomed

JimmyHACK said:

January 9th, 10:53 am

@43 Crossbuy games on retail disc, the disc has a section you launch from the XMB called disc benefits.. this will launch from the disc to allow you do download the vita digital from store.. Think of cross buy ps3 disc as the gateway to vita version, its not a redeem code etc.

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