Reviews forthcoming, good folks. Until then, here are the details.
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) announced today the North American release of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time™, available exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. Developed by Sanzaru Games, the development team behind PS3's premastered The Sly Collection™, the title introduces an all new epic time-traveling adventure complete with the beloved franchise's signature action-adventure platforming gameplay, humorous writing and the original voice actors Sly fans know and love. Continuing to evolve the series, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time brings the game to life across both PS3 and PS Vita, further expanding the gaming experience with "cross platform features" like Cross-Save, and immersive new touch controls and augmented reality on PS Vita.
In this new adventure, the gang tears through space and time to restore the legacy of the Cooper Clan through a variety of gameplay including open world exploration, new stealth and combat moves, action-packed missions, collectible costumes and treasures, interactive puzzles, and epic boss bottles. Chronicling where Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves™ concluded, Sly carries on with a case of alleged amnesia and dances off with gal pal Carmelita, leaving Bentley as the keeper of the treasured Thievius Raccoonus -- the Cooper family's ancient book of master thievery. When the pages start disappearing, the gang must help save the Cooper Clan legacy from being destroyed forever by traveling back in time to meet Sly's most famous ancestors. With a full cast of playable characters, players will visit majestic and exotic locations such as Feudal Japan, Medieval England and Ancient Arabia in order to solve the mystery.
"Capturing a wide fan base when it debuted on PlayStation®2 over 10 years ago, Sly Cooper is one of PlayStation's most storied franchises, and today we mark the next evolution of the series with the release of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time," says Guy Longworth, Senior Vice President, PlayStation Brand Marketing, SCEA. "Playable on PS3 and PS Vita for the first time, gamers will now get to experience the beloved franchise at home or on the go, and in a whole new way through richer graphics, more immersive gameplay and seamless connectivity between the two devices."
In the series' most ambitious title yet, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time harnesses the processing power of the PS3 system to create completely re-designed characters, larger and more vibrant interactive environments, and realistic physics-based gameplay that brings the series forward for the most engaging Sly experience yet. Sly Cooper:Thieves in Time is also playable in vibrant Stereoscopic 3D on the PS3 system. With the PS Vita version, players can now take their campaign on the go with the Cross-Save, enabling save data sharing between the PS3 and PS Vita system so players can save their progress on one platform and continue their game on the other system. In addition, the PS Vita version fully utilizes the dual analog sticks for expert precision and platforming, and introduces front and rear touch controls, motion control, and augmented reality features for a more intuitive gaming experience.
Launching alongside the full-featured title, gamers will also be able to challenge their skills and their friends with the release of Bentley's Hackpack™, a new downloadable companion game for PlayStation®Network playable on both the PS3 and PS Vita systems. Featuring three of the retro inspired arcade mini-games from Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Bentley's Hackpack introduces an additional 20 levels and 100 challenges to each game and adds competitive social leaderboards so you can compete against your friends for top scores. Bentley's Hackpack is available as a free-to-play demo, or $2.99 for the complete experience, and has an ESRB rating of "E10+". Purchasing the PS3 or PS Vita version of Bentley's Hackpack will allow gamers to download the game on the alternative platform at no additional cost.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is now available exclusively for $39.99 on the PS3 system and $29.99 on the PS Vita system. As an added bonus, consumers who buy the PS3 copy will receive a digital PS Vita version from PlayStation Network at no additional cost. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time has an ESRB rating of "E10+". For more information about the ESRB, visit www.esrb.org. For more information about Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, visit the PlayStation blog or the official game site http://slycooper.playstation.com/en-us/.