MCV looks at the first big PlayStation 4 exclusive of 2014.
Infamous: Second Son is coming to stores on March 21st.
Second Son is the third entry in the Infamous series and the publisher’s first big PlayStation 4 exclusive title of 2014. It was one of the titles shown off at the console’s announcement event last February.
The game stars a new main character Delsin Rowe voiced by Troy Baker, the man who lent his voice to Joel from The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite’s Booker DeWitt.
Following the events of the previous Infamous games, Second Son tells the story of super-powered humans being hunted down by the American government.
In contrast to Cole MacGrath’s lightning-based skills, Delsin has a variety of attacks available to him thanks to his ability to absorb other powers. These include being able to control smoke, which allows Delsin to traverse levels through vents and pipes and neon abilities, which let him rapidly scale buildings.
The title promises to be a showcase of what the PlayStation 4 is capable of graphically, boasting impressive particle effects. This is on top of the game’s destructable environments, which show off the console’s physics engine capabilities.
Sucker Punch was heavily involved with the design and development of the Dualshock 4. Second Son makes use of some of the controller’s new features, including the touchpad and speaker. The former lets Delsin charge up powers, open doors and even graffiti the world.
Developer Sucker Punch says that the morality system from the previous games makes a return but will not be as black and white.
The Infamous series began in 2009, developed by Sucker Punch who had previously worked on the Sly Racoon series. Infamous features similar aspects to that series, including smooth platforming, but had a far darker tone.
When it launched, the title was praised as one of the best PlayStation 3 games to date. It inspired a sequel –Infamous 2 – which came to stores in 2011, and concluded hero Cole MacGrath’s story arc.
That title made use of the PlayStation Move features, which Sony was pushing at the time. Sucker Punch also released standalone story DLC for Infamous 2 called Festival of Blood.
The series has sold over 4m units to date.
Sony is planning a huge marketing campaign to promote the latest Infamous title. The publisher has put a multi-million pound spend behind a TV and video-on-demand push, using pre-roll footage.
This is in addition to a month long cinema campaign aired at males – trailers will shown before 300:?Rise of an?Empire and Need for Speed, among others.
Eurogamer, Gamespot and IGN will be taken over to push the super hero title. And Sony is sponsoring both the NME Awards, as well as the following tour, featuring Interpol and Temples.
We have high expectations for Infamous: Second Son and are excited by the level of pre-orders, which are exceeding that of The Last of Us at this point in its run up to launch.
With a brand new protagonist and story, Second Son means that you don't need to have played any previous iterations to enjoy the game.
We can already see Infamous: Second Son benefitting from the goodwill and buzz surrounding PS4 and expect it to be the biggest Infamous game to date.