inFAMOUS

Along with the official announcement of the PlayStation 4 today, Sony revealed a few of the games that will grace their new console, one of which was the highly anticipated inFAMOUS: Second Son.  Along with the trailer from the event (below), developers Sucker Punch dished out some of the first details of the game on the PlayStation blog.

In Second Son, players will take on the role of Delsin Rowe, a 24 year-old who, after rescuing some passengers from a burning bus, discovers he has been granted an unusual ability. He can actually control or even transform into smoke.  Really? Smoke?  I know, in text form it doesn’t sound so exciting, but we assure you it looks much cooler in the trailer!

Sucker Punch also revealed some details about the setting in which Delsin will be testing out his smokey talents.  Seven years have passed since Cole McGrath and the events of the first two inFAMOUS titles.  In response to the Empire City and New Marais catastrophes, the government has formed a new agency known as the Department of Unified Protection (DUP).  Anyone showing signs of being a “bio-terrorist” is handed over to the DUP.  Naturally, Mr. Rowe and the DUP do not see eye-to-eye and he decides to fight back, thus laying out sufficient motivation to bust some heads.

According to the developers, the events of Second Son are not only relevant to the game world, but to our own world as well.  They draw comparisons to our actual governments asking us to surrender our freedoms in order to ensure society’s protection.  Sucker Punch even quotes Benjamin Franklin on the matter: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Like other inFAMOUS games, the storyline will be dependent upon the decisions made by the player.  Along the way, Delsin will explore a Seattle that has been recreated “at a remarkable level of detail – made possible by PS4”.  Sucker Punch also touts that fact that the trailer was made in-house using their game engine and the muscle of the new PlayStation.

That’s about the extent of the details that we have at the moment, but we expect to hear more about inFAMOUS: Second Son, along with the other PlayStation 4 titles, over the coming weeks.  We’ll be sure to stay on top of this one and let you know as new developments arise.

Will Blackwell
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3 Comments

  1. My question is this: how does this new protagonist get his powers?

    SPOILERS:

    At the end of the second game (at least in the good ending), Cole wipes out every single Conduit on the planet by using the RFI, no? How would another one be able to exist? There had better be a darned good reason for this. Is he just not a conduit and gets his abilities through other means? That would mean their are two very different forces in the inFAMOUS universe, though both give you superpowers. A little messy, I have to say.

    1. Or the game follows the evil ending, which was extremely different than the good ending and would make more sense. Don’t underestimate Suckerpunch, they know what they’re doing.

  2. SPOILERS AHEAD:

    It’s definitely going to be interesting seeing how they handle this. I was surprised to find out that it was indeed a sequel. The second game branched into two endings so they’re either going to have to pick one of them or risk creating a buttload of confusion in the process.

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