Sucker Punch Productions’ hit inFAMOUS series is renowned for its gritty exploration of how super powers can be used for either good or evil, but according to Sucker Punch co-founder Chris Zimmerman, the original idea was much closer to Nintendo’s cute Animal Crossing series.
“The original idea for inFAMOUS, believe it or not, was that it was kind of Animal Crossing, but you were a super hero. All Kinds of crazy stuff like that. We worked on that for about a year in that direction. So much more stylized, much more cartoony than what you end up seeing. We worked hard to see if we could make that work.” — Chris Zimmerman
Obviously somewhere along the line, that idea became the inFAMOUS we see today, but it’s hard to believe that it underwent such a radical change in development. Considering that Animal Crossing is just about the polar opposite of inFAMOUS, I imagine that Zimmerman is using it merely as an example rather than an exact representation of their original vision for inFAMOUS, but either way, it’s fun to imagine what could have been.