It's Electric: The inFamous Q&A
- Posted May 13th, 2009 at 02:36 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 24 Comments
With Sucker Punch's highly-anticipated open-world super-hero game due for release at the end of this month, we hooked up with Brian Fleming for one last time to find out if the team is geared up for launch.
PSU: Excitement is building as the launch date of inFamous draws ever closer. Since we spoke with you at CES 2009 in January, what have been the major areas of the game you’ve been focusing on and what issues have you had to overcome?
Brian Fleming: We’ve spent the past three months polishing and refining and optimising every aspect of the game. Empire City is a huge urban climbing wonderland, Cole’s powers are incredible, and you can go anywhere at any time without load screens. The karma system has been tweaked to perfection, and the missions (over a hundred) have been play-tested and refined for maximum impact.
PSU: In our last interview, you mentioned that the Karma system and the choices that we make in the game will have a visual impact on the environment as well as affect the gameplay, but you didn’t go into much detail. Can you elaborate now on that system?
Everything in inFamous reacts to Cole’s karma level. His powers grow and change differently, his appearance changes, Empire City’s citizens act differently, and the streets and neighborhoods themselves look different. The way Cole’s powers change is especially significant. Depending on your karma, the upgrades to your powers are different. For example, your shock grenades can be upgraded to be stronger and to incapacitate enemies when you are good. But if you are evil, the upgrade makes the grenades split off into multiple grenadelets, causing a ton of collateral damage. This theme plays out across all the powers... good upgrades increase control, while evil upgrades increase chaos.
PSU: We all know about Cole and his arsenal of superpowers, but what about his hand-to-hand combat skills? How deep is the melee system?
Cole’s melee skills are part and parcel with the rest of his powers. You can upgrade his melee attacks just like any other power. And combinations of powers with melee can be devastating. For example, you can incapacitate or levitate enemies with your shock wave, and then come in with melee for the final blow.
PSU: Have you been keeping an eye on the Prototype vs. inFamous debate? It seems that, despite many people not having played either of these titles, gamers are already dividing themselves into two camps and making comparisons between both games. What would you say to those people and are you worried about the competition from Prototype?
We’ve been so focused on making inFamous that we haven’t had time to think about other games or worry about debates. Players will play what they play and enjoy what they enjoy. We’ve spent our time making inFamous as fun and engaging as we can. Arguments before games are released don’t matter. What matters are fun games, and we think inFamous can compete with anyone.
PSU: What are your expectations about how inFamous will be received by the public and what do you think are its major selling points?
inFamous has always been about the feeling of becoming a super hero. Everything in the game has worked toward that goal. The incredible open environment of Empire City is amazing to climb and explore. The powers Cole learns are over the top. Karma is interesting and important and adds a ton of replay value. All in all, it’s a super fun package that we think a lot of people will enjoy.
PSU: Hypothetically, if you could have had more time to work on the development of inFamous, is there anything you would like to have tweaked, changed or even added to the final build?
There are always bugs you weren’t able to fix, and tweaks to the code or artwork that would have been slightly better. But we were able to cram a ton of stuff into inFamous, and it really shows in the final product.
Stay tuned for PSU's inFamous review before the game hits stores on May 26 in North America and on May 29 in Europe.
- 9:50pm EDT - May 12th, 2009
Wow, I'm excited! can't wait to try this baby out
- 9:55pm EDT - May 12th, 2009
I'm really looking forward to this game! Great interview!
- 9:56pm EDT - May 12th, 2009
this game is awesome i've played the demo like 6 times gah i can't wait
- 10:44pm EDT - May 12th, 2009
I'm gonna take a couple of days off work when this game comes out lol.
- 11:13pm EDT - May 12th, 2009
meh any bugs can normaly be fixed in a system update and reading this interview makes me really want to get this game now.....if only i had a job
- 11:15pm EDT - May 12th, 2009
I preordered it today. I love the fact that it is an original concept. It doesn't have to fit any mold like say Batman, or Spiderman. This game is going to be great. If IGN gave it a 9.2 that means it's a 10 cause they are hard to please lol. Sony needs to continue with all these original exclusives because xbox is going to be craping their pants after Infamous, God of War III, Heavy Rain, and MAG. They are going to be so desperate they will have Rare Games make Halo 4 lol. Keep the pressure on Sony because I am noticing changes in all my Xbox friends they know who spent their money smarter me with my PS3!!!!
Sonan | Sonan
- 11:32pm EDT - May 12th, 2009
Do I see a post-apocalyptic wasteland? God, I hope so. I absolutely love post-apocalypse stories!
- 12:03am EDT - May 13th, 2009
Friday 2 weeks, gotta put some money aside for that. And I'll probably but the game too.
- 12:13am EDT - May 13th, 2009
this game will pull me away from COD4 for sure!
- 1:54am EDT - May 13th, 2009
looks really good, im not going go to through the effort of making a HK account just to play the demo im sure it will be aweesome.
- 2:43am EDT - May 13th, 2009
WOW Cant wait
- 3:01am EDT - May 13th, 2009
wow that first picture looks like cole is in h3ll this game is gonna be amazing
- 3:36am EDT - May 13th, 2009
Meh. The demo didnt impress me at all. I cancelled my preorder after playing it.
- 3:40am EDT - May 13th, 2009
I really want this game - its sound like my cup of english tea.
- 5:54am EDT - May 13th, 2009
You suck at lying. Lemme guess, you wanna get Prototype, the game with a metro area that looks worse than something in a Spider-Man game, right?
- 6:48am EDT - May 13th, 2009
you tell em O_G_H!!!!!
- 7:44am EDT - May 13th, 2009
@ 15. I don't think radgamer actually likes games. They must of touched him when he was younger.
- 10:25am EDT - May 13th, 2009
i think i might have to pick this up, and the preorder at gamestop is even more tempting
- 10:38am EDT - May 13th, 2009
- 1:10pm EDT - May 13th, 2009
@13 you must want people to know you dont like this game since you posted te same s**t on the other infamous page
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