Sucker Punch Productions, who most recently released Ghost of Tsushima (and most likely already working on a sequel), have shot down all the rumours swirling around them in recent months.
The studio has confirmed on their blog that they are not working on the next inFAMOUS or Sly Cooper, even though they created both franchises on previous generations of PlayStation. The studio wrote, “As our games continue to grow in scale and complexity, they require the full attention of our studio.
With our focus on our current project, we have no plans to revisit inFAMOUS or Sly Cooper, and no other studio is currently working on projects related to those franchises either. These characters are extraordinary 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.” (They didn’t mention what they are doing, but since Ghost of Tsushima was a success, we’re guessing its sequel…).
Sucker Punch Productions will soon be doing server maintenance on the inFAMOUS 2 user-generated content servers and are moving to a new home that should keep the content alive a little longer. Sucker Punch is hoping that as long as there are active users, they can keep the servers alive, but they know full well that they will have to be shut down at some point. The studio also added that they are currently working on the inFAMOUS: Second Son DLC Cole’s Legacy, which was initially available as part of the collector’s edition of the game on the PlayStation Store, and they’re looking to provide further access to the extra content that’s essentially been put behind a paywall.
So neither the (mis)use of supernatural powers nor the thieving raccoon will play a part in the future of PlayStation, which Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Jim Ryan has openly stated will be focused on blockbusters and live service titles. Too bad for them: they deserve better.