We all knew it was coming, we just didn't know when. But as his name infers, Sly Cooper has snuck back out of the shadows for a new game, heading to the PlayStation 3 in 2012 as Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Unlike previous Sly games, Sucker Punch will be sitting this one out, with Sly Cooper Collection devs Sanzaru Games taking the helm.

The previously teased fourth game in the Sly series got a swanky teaser during Sony's E3 2011 presser, showing off a slinky animal jumping all over the place. We're told he's a lizard named Dmitri, but we get the feeling that the raconteur raccoon will make an appearance at some point.

Update: We've added the E3 trailer after the break.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.