Sly Cooper

Speculation of a second game in production at Ghost of Tsushima studio Sucker Punch Productions tied to the late Sly Cooper series has been doing the rounds this weekend, but none of it's actually true. Alongside a presumed follow-up to the developer's samurai hit, Jeff Grubb of Giant Bomb suggested the team may have another title in the works, though it wasn't based on discussions with sources; it was simply a "pie in the sky" proposal.

This didn't stop the internet from picking up the off-hand comment as a proper rumour, though, leading to suggestions Sucker Punch Productions actually does have a new Sly Cooper title in the works. Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier has now weighed in on speculation, tweeting: "No truth to this one, sorry to say. Sucker Punch is a one-project studio."

Commenting on the second game potentially being the reason why the Ghost of Tsushima sequel is taking longer than expected, Schreier explained: "The reason Ghost of Tsushima 2 isn't out yet is because AAA video games now take 5-7 years to make." The PS4 game, later ported to PS5 and coming soon to PC, first released in July 2020.

Sucker Punch Productions already stated that no new InFAMOUS or Sly Cooper games are in active development at the studio or from external developers in a blog post almost two years ago. At the time, it said: "With our focus on our current project, we have no plans to revisit inFAMOUS or Sly Cooper right now, and no other studio is currently working on projects related to those franchises either. These characters are very special and near and dear to our hearts, so while we’d never say never to re-opening those doors down the road, for now there are no inFAMOUS or Sly Cooper games in development."

Funnily enough, the statement was made after another separate rumour of a new Sly Cooper game in development at the now-defunct Concrete Genie studio PixelOpus. It seems the forgotten raccoon just can't catch a break after PS3, PS Vita entry Thieves in Time didn't set the world on fire.

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