Sly Cooper’s PS5 debut will usher in new wave of PS2 trophies — update

Sly Cooper might lead the first wave of PS2 trophies on PS5, potentially opening the door for more first-party PS2 trophy support from Sony!

Sly Cooper’s PS5 debut will usher in new wave of PS2 trophies — update
Lee Brady

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After being locked to the PS3 and PS Vita for the longest time, there's finally a chance that PS5 and PS4 players will be able to collect native Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus trophies soon! The classic PS2 game will launch as one of the PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium State of Play 2024 bonus games in June 2024, and if Sony's past actions are any indication, Sly Cooper might lead the way for classic PS2 trophies on PS5.

Update: It has been confirmed by Sucker Punch Productions on X that Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus will indeed get a PS2 platinum trophy when it launches Tuesday, June 11, 2024. That means we really could be looking at a new era for PS2 trophies on PS5 and PS4 as we discussed in the story below! Read on for more details!
Sly Cooper platinum trophyvia X.

Sly Cooper will bring PS2 trophies to PS5 at last

With the announcement that PS5 and PS4 players will finally get PS2 emulation with the launch of Star Wars The Clone Wars, Tomb Raider Legend and the first Sly Cooper game on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, hopes are high that we might also see PS2 games getting trophies on Sony's modern consoles as well.

However, as we've seen with the PS1 games list on PS Plus Premium, there's only one problem: Sony only ever brings trophies to its classic first-party games. This means we're almost certainly not going to see PS2 trophies for either Star Wars The Clone Wars or Tomb Raider Legend, as we've yet to see any classic third-party emulated games get trophies on PS5 or PS4.

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That said, hopes are still high for Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus to get PS5 and PS4 trophies. After all, this PS2 game was a debut smash hit for one of today's leading PlayStation Studios, Sucker Punch Productions (the folks behind Ghost of Tsushima). If Sly Cooper can get PS2 trophies, then we can feel pretty confident that any PS2 games announced for PS Plus Premium in the future that come from first-party studios will receive trophy support as well.

If that Sly Cooper trophy list comes to pass, this would open the door to an absolute cornucopia of iconic PS2 games getting trophies on PS5 and PS4. Franchises like Ratchet and Clank, God of War, and Killzone would be likely picks to join PS Plus Premium with trophies. Sony-published titles like Ape Escape 3, The Getaway, and the SOCOM games might also find their way to modern consoles with trophies.
It all hinges on whether Sly Cooper gets a trophy list alongside its PS5 and PS4 debut on June 11, 2024. If it does get PS2 trophies, then we can expect Sony to support future PS2 games with trophies like it does with PS1 and PSP games that come to PS Plus Premium. If it doesn't, then PS2 games might not see trophies on PS5 and PS4, which would be a shame — particularly as Sony wasn't shy about PS2 trophy support in the past.

Games like Ape Escape 2, the Jak and Daxter series, and Kinetica were all previously released on PS4 with PS2 trophy support between 2015 and 2017. This next wave of PS2 games coming to PS5 and PS4 would really just be a continuation of Sony's previous efforts to emulate classic games on modern PlayStation consoles. We just have to hope these games see the same level of support as Sony has demonstrated previously.
If not, then we might have to rely on the best PS Plus Premium games in Sony's PS3 cloud streaming library to grant us access to classic PS2 games with trophies. However, let's continue to hope that Sly Cooper is the first new PS2 game with trophy support on PS5 and PS4. What classic PS2 games would you love to play with trophy support? Let us know down in the comments below.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Astro Bot), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic). A PlayStation fan for over 25 years, he loves replaying classic games via PS Plus.
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