Next InFamous Game Could Be Like Assassin’s Creed
InFamous: Second Son is a thoroughly enjoyable game but it’s light on activities for players and it’s pretty light on much of a narrative. The first inFamous game had a plot which featured some recreational time travel and it was used to great effect. Now parallel to that, Sucker Punch is fast becoming known as the inFamous studio because seriously, what else are they going to do? inFamous: Second Son director Nate Fox says that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Speaking with OPM, Fox said of Sucker Punch becoming pigeon-holed, “That’s a good curse to be saddled with. inFamous is a really broad concept – an everyday person gets powers and decides if they want to use them for good or evil. That could be anybody of any age, any gender, any time, any country. It’s as wide open as superhero fiction.”
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On Second Son specifically, he added, “This is Delsin’s story, it’s in a new city with new powers. His journey is the point. Cole’s story was those other games. In the future there could be other inFamous games about completely different characters.”
Basically, he’s applying the Assassin’s Creed ideal to the inFamous games. In theory it’s brilliant but in execution Ubisoft has stumbled. However, Sucker Punch managed to build and close off a decent story arc for Delsin Rowe within the confines of Second Son so while the narrative was nothing amazing it was perfectly adequate and shows that they are perhaps capable of isolated narratives to prevent an Assassin’s Creed III.
Can you imagine Ben Franklin being a Conduit?
When the site asked if Fox envisioned an almost Assassin’s Creed approach to the series, he replied, “Yeah, that’s a great example. Those games have that feeling. Spiritually, like Bioshock to Bioshock Infinite, there’s not really a lot of overlap in those games but you can tell they’re the same.”
The AC example was perhaps best left unmade but the BioShock one certainly sounds good to me. I do think Sucker Punch has more in them than simply inFamous and would like to see what else they have to offer.