Sucker Punch Productions

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Sucker Punch
Type Subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment
Industry Interactive entertainment
Founded 1997
Founders Brian Fleming
Headquarters Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
Products Infamous series (2009-present)
Sly Cooper series (2002-2010)
Rocket: Robot on Wheels (1999)
Owners Sony Corporation
Parent Independent (1997–2011)
SCE Worldwide Studios (2011-present)
Website Official website

Sucker Punch is an American production company founded in 1997 and based in Bellevue, Washington. It was an independent company until August 2011, but has worked exclusively with Sony Computer Entertainment since 2000. Sony acquired Sucker Punch on August 2, 2011.[1]

History[edit]

In late 1999, Sucker Punch released its first game, Rocket: Robot on Wheels, for the Nintendo 64. After signing a new deal with Sony in 2000, the company went on to create the Sly Cooper series for the PlayStation 2 using their proprietary engine SPACKLE (Sucker Punch Animation and Character Kinematics Life Engine). One common characteristic of the Rocket and Sly Cooper games is that they featured a raccoon playing a major role.

The company's most recent series, Infamous for the PlayStation 3, heralded a move from level-based games portraying cel-shaded, anthropomorphic animals to a fully streaming sandbox game depicting more realistic-looking humans and protagonists with acrobatic abilities.

The company was founded in 1997 and according to the company's website it "started at the roots of Microsoft, where the co-founders all worked in a variety of productivity and software development applications. All shared a love for video games, yet only one had game development experience." The group decided to leave Microsoft in 1997 and became the independent company it is today that has worked with Sony to make the Sly Cooper franchise. The company name came as one of several proposed by the company that they would not have been able to use at Microsoft due to that company's policies.

Co-founder Chris Zimmerman showed the list to his wife for her opinion, and she responded that she did not care "as long as it isn't 'Sucker Punch'". Considering the opinion of a middle-aged woman would be completely contrary to the demographics of their target audience, they selected that name for the company.[2]

Sucker Punch is considered one of Sony's "platformer trio", which also includes Naughty Dog, as well as Insomniac Games. Although the three companies have started to venture into more mature outings, they have also recently started to continue their series, such as Naughty Dog handing over production of their latest Jak and Daxter title to High Impact Games and Insomniac games continuing their Ratchet and Clank series. In addition, Sucker Punch has handed over their Sly Cooper series to Sanzaru games and they have produced Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. This game was released in February 2013 in North America and March 2013 in Europe and Australia.

Sanzaru Games also released The Sly Collection, a remastered port of the PlayStation 2 Sly games for the PlayStation 3, in November 2010. In addition, Nihilistic Software developed PlayStation Move Heroes, a cross-over PS3 title featuring Sly Cooper and two other popular characters, Ratchet and Jak. A sequel to Infamous was officially announced when the cover of Game Informer's July 2010 issue was a picture of Infamous 2, along with the magazine containing a ten page preview of the game.

Sucker Punch teamed up with Capcom to include their Infamous protagonist, Cole MacGrath, as a special guest character for Street Fighter X Tekken. He is only a playable character on the PS3 and PS Vita versions, and with SuperBot Entertainment to include both the good and evil versions Cole MacGrath and Sly Cooper in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

Games[edit]

Game Title Year Released Platform GameRankings Metacritic Notes
Rocket: Robot on Wheels 1999 Nintendo 64 81.32%[3] N/A
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus 2002 PlayStation 2 Playstation 3 Playstation Vita 85.23%[4] 86/100[5]
Sly 2: Band of Thieves 2004 87.92%[6] 88/100[7]
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves 2005 84.18%[8] 83/100[9]
Infamous 2009 PlayStation 3 86.31%[10] 85/100[11]
The Sly Collection 2010 87.43%[12] 85/100[13] Collaborated development with Sanzaru Games
Infamous 2 2011 84.44%[14] 83/100[15]
Infamous: Festival of Blood 2011 PlayStation Network 79.89%[16] 78/100[17] Standalone expansion to Infamous 2
Infamous Second Son 2014 PlayStation 4 80.50% 80/100
Infamous First Light 2014 PlayStation 4 76.00% 73/100 Standalone expansion to Infamous Second Son

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eaton, Nick (August 2, 2011). "Sony buys Bellevue’s Sucker Punch video-game studio Share". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  2. ^ McElroy, Justin (2009-09-08). "What's In A Name: Sucker Punch". Joystiq. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Rocket: Robot on Wheels Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sly 2: Band of Thieves Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sly 2: Band of Thieves Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Infamous Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Infamous Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Sly Collection Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Sly Collection Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Infamous 2 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Infamous 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Infamous: Festival of Blood Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Infamous: Festival of Blood Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 

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