Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time New Pricing Structure

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Sneaks in with Discounted Pricing, Demo Date and New Gameplay Footage

An interesting bit of information about Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time has been announced. I think most of you will be happy to hear they have opted to stray from the norm and take a special, discounted price structure with this title.

As opposed to the naturally assumed pricing structure of $59.99 and $39.99 for PS3 and Vita titles respectively, Sony has chosen to go with an easier-on-the-wallet approach with a $39.99 and $29.99 structure. The PS3 version will cost $39.99, which includes Cross Buy for the Vita version. Those who are not interested in the PS3 version can drop a mere $29.99 for gaming on the Vita only.

Before you make a mad dash to put in your preorder, be aware that most retailers have yet to update their prices to match this announcement. Reps from Sony have said that these things take some time; I’d give your favorite retailer a few day to update theirs systems if they haven’t done so already.

Now the immediate response to those hearing this news is no doubt a positive one, but others may strike a bit of skepticism. Why would the price of the game already be discounted? Does this mean it didn’t quite live up to expectations?

Sony Computer Entertainment of America’s Cristian Cardona chimes in on the PlayStation Blog’s comment section to help instill confidence on those with mixed feelings.

Here are some questions by users pulled from the comments that have been answered by Mr. Cardona, which can be found by clicking here. Note that these questions came from different users and were pulled together for easier reading.

Q: What is the reason for the pricecut? Great news!
A: We want to make it a no-brainer purchase!

Q: Why is it now only $40? I’m super happy about it, but is the price drop because of the length of the game or is it to get as many new Sly fans as possible?
A: As many fans as possible. Believe me, it’s not going to be any less of a Sly experience!

Q: This $40 price tag for the game makes me nervous. $50 is seen as a budget title, and $40 is usually reserved for re-released HD collections. Is this game going to have the same depth and polish as the Sucker Punch titles?
A: That’s not always the case. The real question is, do you want to have an awesome game for $40, or have an awesome game for $60? We’ll take the extra 20 if you want to give it to us =)

Thanks for the reassurance Cristian, but we won’t really know the full extent of the games accomplishments until it comes out on February 5th in the US. However, PS Plus subscribers will be able to try it out early with a completely new demo being released on January 22nd. All other PSN users, including Vita owners, will gain access to the demo on Janurary 29th. Those are in the UK will have to wait just a bit longer with a release date set on March 27th. Oh and yes, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time will be available day one on the PSN Store.


Until then, sit back and enjoy the latest gameplay trailer:

Source: US PlayStation Blog