'Sly Cooper & The Thievius Raccoonus' Announcement

by Thomas on May 16, 2002 @ 8:25 a.m. PDT

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the Sept 2002 release of "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus", created exclusively for the PlayStation2. Developed by Seattle-based developer, Sucker Punch, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus takes action-adventure platform gaming to new heights on PS2, showcasing a conceptually new type of character,extraordinary character designs and animations with toon-shading technology, innovative gameplay and spectacular graphics.

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus(TM) Broadens the Action-Adventure Platform Game Experience While Stealing Gamers' Hearts

Toon-Shaded, Action-Platform Game Developed Exclusively for PlayStation(R)2 Features Cool, Hip, 'Sly' Raccoon

"We are thrilled to have Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus as part of this year's premier PlayStation 2 lineup," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Sucker Punch has implemented some remarkable details into this amazing game. When Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus hits store shelves this fall, consumers will experience one of the most innovative and fun action-adventure games ever."

Sly Cooper was born into the world's greatest thieving family. On his eighth birthday, Sly is presented with the "Thievius Raccoonus," an ancient thieving instruction guide passed down through his family for generations. Later that evening, a gang of ruthless villains break into his harmonious home to steal the valuable heirloom. As Sly watches in terror, the intruders overpower his father and split the "Thievius Raccoonus" into pieces, which they divide between themselves.

Ten years later, Sly is out to steal the "Thievius Raccoonus" back and reclaim what is rightfully his. He enlists the help of his gadget genius pal, Bentley, and his big eager friend Murray, and the trio embark on a quest to help Sly prove he is the world's greatest thief and to restore honor to his family's name.

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus blends realistic physics in richly detailed, toon-shaded worlds. As one of the world's greatest thieves, gamers will enjoy smooth, seamless gameplay and animations. Gamers can choose from a variety of gameplay options including stealth, platform, vehicle, boss and mini-games. Stealth and smarts are required as you sneak through the day and night ... rooftop chases, narrow escapes, dodging security guards and ninja-like jumping ... through windows, doors and across buildings. The adventure takes place across numerous worlds with diverse landscapes and environments, with mini-games, hideouts and vehicles all waiting to be experienced by gamers.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch Productions designs innovative games that feature the best in character design, gameplay and technology for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Sucker Punch's first title was the critically acclaimed, Rocket: Robot on Wheels. Since releasing Rocket, the Sucker Punch team has been committed to the development of a new title for PlayStation 2: Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. Additional information can be found on the company's Web site at www.suckerpunch.com.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) game console and the PlayStation(R)2 computer 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.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation game console and the PlayStation 2 computer 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.

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