PS5 will see the return of a PlayStation icon, upcoming announcement?

PS5 will see the return of a PlayStation icon, upcoming announcement?

PS5 will see the return of a PlayStation icon

In the last few weeks we are starting to talk about an upcoming State of Play which should be broadcast in March. To date, we still have nothing concrete about the next Sony communication event, but despite this, there are those who are starting to add fuel to the fire on the next games coming to PS5. Among the various rumors, moreover, the possibility of revisiting an iconic PlayStation mascot soon re-emerges.

The new rumors come directly from the well-known insider known on the net as 'AccountNGT', already proponent of some correct predictions on various videogame-themed announcements. Now, the well-known insider returns to Twitter to give more information on the possible return of a PlayStation icon born during the PS2 generation. This is Sly Cooper, the raccoon thief created by the guys at Sucker Punch.

According to a source, for Sly, they are aiming for a reveal for the second half of 2022. Which makes sense since later this year is Sly's 20th anniversary.

- AccountNGT (@accngt) March 6, 2022

This timing seems to make a lot of sense to the insider, given that the twentieth anniversary of the Sly Cooper saga fell just a year ago. As usual, we advise you to take these statements with a grain of salt until an official announcement. Would you like to see the return of this acclaimed IP PlayStation?

If you have managed to purchase a PlayStation 5, you can purchase the recent exclusives on Amazon at these addresses: Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West.

Returnal Developer Teases New PS5 Exclusive

Last year, Housemarque released Returnal as a PS5 exclusive, and a couple of months later, Sony added Housemarque to PlayStation Studios via acquisition. While a critical success, Returnal failed to penetrate the commercial market, so it should come as no surprise that the studio isn't working on a sequel, but a brand new IP. Unfortunately, this is the extent of the tease. There's no word of what the game is called, what the genre it is, or when it could release. 

The confirmation of the team working on a new IP comes the way of Ilari Kuittinen, managing director at Housemarque, who noted its 'early days,' but the current project is a new IP and in the pre-production stage. Below, you can view the whole comment with all of its context.

'Well, the jury is still out there,' said Kuttinen when asked about how the developer can hold on to its roots in the arcade genre in a market quickly leaving behind this legacy of games. 'We're one of the very last dinosaurs making arcade games. Nex Machina, a few years ago, was very much a shoot-'em-up game in the style of the coin-ops from the '80s. That's sort of a clue. But it's interesting. We've been thinking about that. We had our stint working on multiplayer games, because a few years back it seemed like you needed to have some kind of multiplayer experience. We tried that, and we really didn't do it as well. But it's early days with us starting a new game, a new IP, concepting it out. We'll see what comes with that.'

'We're really trying to hold on to that identity, as you mentioned. It's wonderful right now that gaming has grown and evolved so much that there's so much variety and diversity of game experiences,' adds Harry Krueger, game director at Housemarque. 'They can all peacefully coexist. There can be live service games, multiplayer games, games with many different sensibilities. Returnal is just another voice. At this stage we're quite proud of what we accomplished with Returnal, and we're quite excited to pursue that same trajectory as a company.'

It's hard to know what should and shouldn't be made of this statement, but it sounds like Housemarque may not be totally leaving behind its arcade roots just quite yet. 

H/T, Venture Beat.