Infamous: Second Son is Sucker Punch Productions’ follow-up to the wildly successful Infamous games, which starred Cole McGrath, a human being with the power to control lightning. Second Son, coming to PlayStation 4, was shown at yesterday’s PlayStation meeting where Sucker Punch debuted a trailer featuring the new primary character Deslin Rowe, a young man who appears to be able to control fire. The theme of the presentation was the sacrifice of liberty for security, so it’s going to be interesting to see how that ties in to the plot of the game.
Warning: Spoilers for Infamous: Second Son can be found below. Do not proceed if you wish to avoid them.
Delsin Rowe is the star of Second Son, and you probably know someone like him: A 24 year-old who is absolutely convinced he’s destined for greatness; though so far that greatness has managed to elude him. He grew up just outside Seattle, where his great – if accidental – calling comes crashing into his life. After rescuing occupants from a fiery bus wreck, he discovers that he suddenly has the ability to direct, manipulate and even transform into… Smoke. Could he have absorbed this power from one of the passengers he pulled from the wreckage?
Setting the scene: It’s been seven years since the Cole McGrath episodes and the world has clearly changed. Anyone showing signs of being a so-called “bio-terrorist” is immediately handed over to the Department of Unified Protection (DUP) — a government agency created to ensure there is never a repeat of the catastrophic events of Empire City and New Marais. So Delsin, who has never been particularly respectful of authority, finds himself caught in the DUP dragnet – And decides he’s not going to go quietly.
Along the way, Delsin is going to ask questions that are not just relevant to the world of Second Son – but to the world we all live in today. A world where we are often instructed to surrender our freedoms to help improve our security. Ben Franklin once wrote “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Is he right?
As you play Second Son, you’ll explore lots of Seattle’s familiar landmarks. As with all games in this series, the path the gameplay and story take will depend on the decisions you make along the way. Of course, we are creating all these characters and locations at a remarkable level of detail – made possible by PS4. In fact, this trailer was produced in-house using our game engine – can you tell we’re having fun with the new GPU, tools, and our new VFX system?
Are you excited to see Deslin Rowe tearing up Seattle with fire power, or do you prefer the electric antics of Cole McGrath? Will you pick up a copy of Infamous: Second Son when it comes out?