Sly 2: Band of Thieves Interview

September 14, 2004

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus snuck onto the gaming scene in late 2002 and quickly stole the imaginations and TV spaces from gamers worldwide. Blending an impeccable art style with a truly original sense of grace and panache, Sly Cooper quickly became one of the most popular video game thieves since Looking Glass Studios’ Light-Fingered Garrett. Now, with the release of Sly 2: Band of Thieves, gamers will once again get to slip on the cap and mask of the world’s foremost Master Thief and play the best Saturday morning cartoon ever to appear on the PS2.

Will players get to control any other characters besides our Thieving Trio at any point in the game?

In addition to playing all three of the stars, there are a ton of mini-games and vehicle opportunities for players in this game. You get to drive a tank, fly a helicopter, drive RC cars, and play in Bentley’s digital hacking cyberspace, for example. None of these are “characters”, of course, but they add still more variety to the overall play experience.

The Designer’s Commentaries players unlocked for beating a Thievius Raccoonus stage under a certain amount of time were among the cooler unlockables of any game to date. Any chance they’ll be making a comeback in Band of Thieves?

Unfortunately they won’t be appearing in Sly 2: Band of Thieves. Who knows though, they make a return in a future game.

Will Sly and/or Bentley and Murray be able to unlock new moves and gadgets like in Thievius Racconus?

Most Definitely! Sly 2: Band of Thieves has a rich economic model fueled by loot the gang can pickpocket from guards and the surrounding environment. Using those items, you can purchase powerups for all three characters!

Will Sly, Bentley, and Murray each get an equal shake in Band of Thieves, or does the breakdown favor one of the characters more?

Each of them gets a strong part, but Sly is still the star, of course.

Inspector Carmelita Fox served as Sly’s constant ball-and-chain in the first Sly Cooper. What part will she have in dogging Sly and his crew in Band of Thieves?

The tireless and beautiful Carmelita Fox will of course return in Sly 2: Band of Thieves! She makes a number of appearances in this title, and even manages to catch a gang member or two in a few situations. In addition, she plays a key role in the plot of Sly 2: Band of Thieves.

If a particular job requires two or more thieves acting at the same time, will the computer AI control Sly’s teammates, or will the player switch back and forth?

It depends on the situation. Sometimes there is switching between and sometimes you’ll control one player and the other is controlled by AI. We try to present lots of visually interesting and creative setups, so we end up varying the controls to best fit the presentation.

Are players still going to be able to go back and re-play their favorite missions, or have you abandoned that in favor of the wide-open “hub” areas?

There will be less of this than in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. We’ve decided to focus on the huge amounts of additional content we wanted to get into this game, as well as the more organic economy elements in Sly 2: Band of Thieves.

Are Bentley and Murray going to be all you’ll ever need in the way of teammates to finish a job, or will Sly sometimes have the opportunity to hire or recruit “local talent” for certain tasks?

With buddies like these, who needs anything more?

With the new emphasis on combat, are we going to see more knock-down drag-out boss fights, or are you sticking to the more cerebral “hit A