Since the link SlyCooper.com only redirected to a sub-domain of Sony's Playstation website, the site going offline does not mean that they failed to renew the web address; it most likely means that Sony intentionally unpublished the Sly Cooper website. Could this mean that they are abandoning Sly Cooper? Could this mean that they took the website down to perform updates and renovations on it to promote an upcoming game? Could this simply mean nothing at all? It is entirely possible that the site was taken down to free up server space. There wasn't much content on the official website, and it hadn't been updated since 2014 anyway. It does seem strange that Sucker Punch still own the website address SlyCooper.com. It's possible that they've always retained ownership since 2002. However, I remember looking up the website on WhoIs in the past and I thought I remembered seeing it under different ownership... but I have a terrible memory and could be mistaken. (SEE EDIT BELOW). Of course Sucker Punch announced just last week that they have been busy working on a new game, Ghost of Tsushima, which is a total departure from the Sly Cooper and inFamous series. This all probably means nothing, just figured it was worth reporting to see what you guys thought - let us know in the comments!
EDIT (3:45 pm EST): Upon digging deeper, I've discovered some other curious information. Both SlyCooper.com and SuckerPunch.com are registered to the same person: Michael Becker. According to his LinkedIn profile, Michael Becker has only been working as an IT Administrator at Sucker Punch since February 2015. So there HAVE been changes to the ownership/registration status of the website since Thieves in Time was released (though this could simply be because the domain was renewed - I dunno). I do wonder why Sucker Punch are the ones renewing and retaining ownership of the Sly Cooper domain, and not Sony (who, correct me if I'm wrong, presumably holds the IP for the Sly Cooper Series?). Of course any company wouldn't want an important domain - even for a retired product - to fall into somebody else's hands. It just confuses me as to why Sony isn't handling it since Sucker Punch is done with the series. This also seems weird because, once the animated series is released, won't the companies involved with that venture want to use SlyCooper.com for promotional purposes? I'll have to do more research to see who the website was registered to in the past, and if it ever changed hands from Sucker Punch Productions before this more recent update in registrant information.
However, an article written by The Japan Times that covered E3 2016 (an annual gaming expo) reported that "Glen Egan, president and CEO of Sanzaru Games Inc., which provided a sports game for Oculus, predicted virtual reality will establish itself as a gaming mainstay." This all got me thinking; what if Sanzaru is practicing what it takes to develop a virtual reality game because it plans on introducing the technology into Sly Cooper? Sony, of course, attended E3 that year, and took the opportunity to debut their answer to virtual reality gaming: PlayStation VR. Since Sanzaru probably still has a contract with Sony, and the company seems to be interested in Virtual Reality, could they be building the next Sly game around it? I know that sounds far fetched, but it isn't the first time that a Sly Cooper game has tried to implement similar new technologies. When Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves was introduced, some of the levels could be played in 3D with the use of included 3D glasses. With the release of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Sanzaru pushed the PS Vita tie-in and the concept of augmented reality. What are your thoughts on a Virtual Reality Sly Cooper 5? Unrealistic? Awful? Awesome? Am I nuts? Let me know in the comments, and if you found this article interesting, please like and Tweet as it really helps us out!
So you've probably all noticed that the site looks a lot different now and a lot has been changing, so here's a post addressing all those updates and what to expect in the future. This includes a look at the design and a ton of new content I've added recently, along with where I see the site going and evolving in the future and what other content such as downloads and information that I hope to be adding. Click the Read More link if you wish to continue reading!
There were some rumors floating around last year that Sucker Punch might be working on a Spider Man game, but I highly doubt it as they have never developed a game using someone else's intellectual property. As one rumor suggests, they might come up with a new series. Entirely possible. But I think it's equally possible that it'll be Sly 5. Everything I said in my article last year (scroll down to read it) still holds true, so my next stop was Sucker Punch's Twitter page. On September 23rd last year (two days before my birthday!), Sucker Punch retweeted PlayStationLifeStyle's retrospective article celebrating the 14th anniversary of the Sly Cooper series. A few months later, on December 2nd, Sucker Punch Tweeted out a picture of a cake sporting the Sly Cooper logo with the caption "Amazing fruit cake created by a fellow Sony colleague visiting the studio today. It was as delicious as it looks." The cake itself wouldn't normally be of interest, but the fact that it was baked by a Sony employee visiting the studio is grounds for a double-take. Sure, the Sly logo is more iconic, but that cake could have just as easily exhibited the inFamous logo (which has likely made more money for Sony at this point anyway).
At the least, a visit from Sony means that the studio is working on a game (duh). Since Sony bought the rights to Sly Cooper, there would certainly be a significant amount of oversight during the development of a fifth Sly Cooper installment. A few weeks later, on December 22nd, Sucker Punch tweeted out its annual Holiday Card (always ripe for speculation), this time parodying a famous Norman Rockwell painting, only replacing Bob Cratchit with Delsin Rowe from inFamous, and Tiny Tim with Sly Cooper. This is certainly nitpicking, but notice Sly's gloves. Since the very first game, Sly has had blue gloves. In this image, he has red gloves. Sure, maybe the change was made to enhance the Christmas vibe in the image, (they did, after all, add mistletoe to both characters). But Delsin hasn't been altered at all. Could this be indicative of Sucker Punch changing Sly's design? If so, that would suggest they're working on a Sly Cooper game. (It is worth mentioning that in the original image, the person in Sly's place is wearing red gloves too. So maybe this is just a red herring). Also, while this could just be the art style, it looks like this Sly was based on the updated Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time model as opposed the the earlier models Sucker Punch used in the first games. But again, this could just be nothing.
Look, I know I'm reading too much into these. But other than some really cool instructions on how to 3D print a Sly Cooper cane, there has been NOTHING in the way of news regarding Sly, so please bear with me lol. Finally, I have one last exhibit of evidence that I discovered by watching a fantastic Sly Cooper/Ratchet & Clank YouTuber, VTNVIVI. For years there has been little in the way of Sly Cooper merchandise. However, as VTNVIVI points out in his video, a Sly Cooper plush has recently hit the PlayStation Gear store for pre-order. Sony seems to have a couple of plushes on sale (one is a... a brick? Really its just a brick?), but I believe they are mostly all characters from active franchises. That would make sense as active franchises = lots of money, and inactive franchises = less money. These plushes are expected to exit "pre-order" status and enter official "order" status on May 31st, which is little more than a week before E3 2017... where Sucker Punch will announce a new game...
You might be wondering why I haven't mentioned Sanzaru. I suppose I must address them. Firstly, I'll give Sanzaru SOME credit because they delivered when Sucker Punch couldn't. After several agonizing years, they gave us Sly 4. I loved the game, but it felt to me as though their heart wasn't 100% in it. There hasn't been any news from the company regarding another Sly Cooper game, and I doubt there will be. The most recent update we've received from them is that they are waiting for a green light from Sony. In my opinion, the window for maximum profit has vanished. They waited too long. I don't think Sony ever intends on giving Sanzaru a green light. Either way, Sanzaru seems to have moved on to other series and other platforms. I think that the green monkey's days with our favorite raccoon are finished. I know I'm being rather salty here, but its disappointing to see Sly dumped at the curb despite success. Again.
Shifting gears to the movie now, I saw a post on the Sly Cooper Reddit reporting that somebody on Tumblr messaged one of the developers (pictured above) of the Sly Cooper Movie who confirmed that the movie is still in production, though it will likely skip the big screen and be direct-to-video. Well, as far as news goes, thats about all I've got. Do I really think Sly 5 is coming? I'm not sure. I really hope so. Sly Cooper was my childhood, and I started this website in eighth or ninth grade. Now I'm an adult, a college graduate, a professional graphic & web designer (curating this website inspired me to pursue that field), and I'll be continuing my design education for another two years. I don't have as much time for the website or video games in general as I used to, but Sly Cooper and this corner of the Internet will always be a part of who I am. I always promised not to abandon the site, and I never will. It'll be here even after I die. I just hope that Sly 5 is released before that happens!