FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 11, 2005 Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the first details behind the Fall 2005 release of Sly 3: Honor Among ThievesTM. Created exclusively for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system by Seattle-based developer Sucker Punch Productions, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves builds upon the best-selling Sly Cooper franchise with an all-new, toon-shaded adventure across exotic and remote locations . Incorporating many of Sucker Punch's signature talents including its critically-acclaimed artistic style and exceptional storytelling, players join Sly and his crew as they struggle against new villains as well as old adversaries in an effort to pull off the ultimate elaborate heist.
True to the evolution of the Sly Cooper franchise, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will entice a broad range of players with multiple tiers of gameplay to reach both the hard core and gaming novice. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will draw players immediately into the devious adventures of Sly and his crew by o ffering a unique cast of playable characters, a challenging dual analog stick multiplayer mode, new vehicles, mini-games, disguises, enhanced combat move sets and much more.
"In Sly 2: Band of Thieves , the team took significant design risks and the end result was an amazing, versatile game which we've significantly built upon and extended in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, " said Grady Hunt, senior producer, product development, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We've added a breadth of new features and replay value into the game, and brought back aspects that made the previous Sly Cooper episodes huge hits. In the end, we will deliver an innovative, yet true classic platform gameplay experience sure to satisfy PlayStation 2 fans of all ages."
Players hungry for a more in-depth gameplay experience will have the opportunity to replay missions by utilizing the time machine feature, thus providing an opportunity to sneak around an environment again using alternative moves and disguises in order to achieve even higher Master Thief ratings. In the new multiplayer mode, players will play head-to-head and experience cooperative missions or replay mini-games together.
The story line for Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves begins with Sly and his crew in disarray and struggling some setbacks. Bentley was crippled in the final battle with Clockwerk at the end of Sly 2: Band of Thieves and confined to a wheelchair, and Murray, feeling responsible for Bentley's tragic accident, has quit the team and chosen a path of non-violence and solace.
Meanwhile, Sly learns of a secret family fortress that houses the amassed Cooper family fortune. Upon arriving at this hidden location, Sly discovers another enemy group attempting to steal the Cooper fortune. Sly and Bentley quickly realize they will need considerable help to defeat this new rival. Their recruiting starts with Murray, and once back on-board, Sly, Murray and Bentley set out to enlist some new and familiar faces in an effort to pull off a World Class heist.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Sly3: Honor Among Thieves . For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.
About Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions creates innovative games featuring award winning characters, artwork, and technology for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system. The Seattle based studio is the creator of the Sly Cooper series of gameswhich have received IGDA and AIAS awards for "Original Game Character of the Year", "Outstanding Achievement in Animation", and "Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction". Sucker Punch is hard at work on their next big title, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, due to ship in the Fall of 2005.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStationÂ® and PS oneTM game console, the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system and the PSPTM (PlayStationÂ® Portable) handheld entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP handheld entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.