Infamous 2: Festival of Blood First Look Preview - Bloody Mary

As twilight sets upon New Marais, Cole finds himself trapped in a supernatural thriller of his best friend's creation. Get all the details here.

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"Zeke…uh…I got bitten by a vampire." Infamous 2: Festival of Blood has a ridiculous premise; that much is certain. One night Cole gets attacked by a vampire and is transformed into a blood-sucker himself. You'd think someone just made this up off the top of his head. And you'd be right. The entire tale is a concoction of Cole's closest friend, Zeke Dunbar, in a desperate attempt to woo a damsel he meets in a bar. It takes place outside of the main storyline and is its own self-contained supernatural spoof. Alongside Sucker Punch animation director Billy Harper, we got to check out some highlights for this downloadable adventure, including new powers and enemies.

It's a warm autumn night, and the city of New Marais is dressed up for Pyre Night. This celebration centers on warding off demons and other evil spirits through song, dance, and copious fireworks. Of course, when an electrified Nosferatu takes to the streets, no amount of pomp and circumstance will keep him at bay. "This is a purely evil experience," explained Harper, as he made Cole drain yet another civilian. Both Cole and the player are at the whim of Zeke's comic-book-fueled imagination.

Being a vampire does have its advantages. At the top of that list is flight, which is a feature that the team at Sucker Punch has been dying to implement. Cole takes to the skies and transforms into a swarm of bats as the camera swoops into a first-person perspective. He can then flutter to the tops of buildings or quickly close the gap on one of the new enemy types--the Harpy--that likes to hang out in high places. Another new power is vampire vision, which lets Cole spot enemy vampires disguised as humans, as well as secret doors and passageways throughout the city.

Biting people and draining their blood refuels your blood meter, which powers your vampire abilities.

These hostile night stalkers aren't the glittery kind either. They're massive half-man/half-bat monstrosities that can zip across the battlefield quickly and rip Cole to ribbons if you're not careful. They can also bite and infect other civilians, transforming them into gray-skinned ghouls to be set upon you. Once Cole has beaten one of these firstborn vampires into submission, he can use his modified amp--now with a wooden stake at the tip--to finish the monster once and for all.

With the expanded user-generated content tools, you can even create your own vampire love triangle. "We noticed that people really liked creating narrative-based missions, but there wasn't a system in place to support that," said Harper. To correct this, the team has added tools for players to create their own 2D cutscenes. These tools include a set of 2D portraits of the cast, compete with customizable expressions and text bubbles for you to edit. The background image can by taken from anywhere and at any angle in the gameworld.

Festival of Blood is a standalone adventure; you don't have to own Infamous 2 to play it.

Before settling on vampires, Harper said, the team considered all options. In the end, the team wanted a strong, Halloween-themed monster, and the vampire "made the most sense." He also noted that if the player were to fly through the downloadable content following only the story-based missions, it would last between two and three hours. However, there will be plenty of new upgrades and collectables to unlock on the way as well. This content will also be compatible with the PlayStation Move update coming to all Infamous 2 owners as a free update. Infamous 2: Festival of Blood will be available for download on the PlayStation Network on October 25.

Discussion

27 comments
WillieWav
WillieWav

It was not a bad game but i thought it was small compaired to the main game!

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

Is it long enough? I don't want to buy a DLC that is only 3 hours long. When the review is gonna be up?

Brokenhope69
Brokenhope69

Never cared for Infamous or Infamous 2. They were boring to me. This definitely looks awsome though so I'll be downlpading this.

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

that was the most thorough interview/explanation thing ive ever saw. feels like i played the game lol!

CyberLips
CyberLips

looks really good! they should make an entire game with vamps , just saying

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Infamous2 was so awesome, it was too Underrated!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I've still got to buy Infamous 2 as it is, however with this coming out I'll probably just wait for the complete package to be released. I seriously want the game, but I might as well wait a while and get them both at once. Frickin loved the first Infamous. Great game! :D

BloodyReaper12
BloodyReaper12

Incredible how every good game gets a DLC somehow connected to supernatural/bizarre things, like vampires. And zombies.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

"As twilight..." hahahahaha, Oh Gamespot

da_illest101
da_illest101

i wonder how long it is, regardless getting it day one

M-Yu
M-Yu

Ha, it'll be out on my birthday, Battlefield 3, too.

sora123455
sora123455

I loved Infamous 2 and I'm gonna love this. But does EVERYTHING need a vampire attack or zombie infection?

LoveSack
LoveSack

@BrianC6234 well obviously it can, as he was disappointed by it. not every one can like something.

BrianC6234
BrianC6234

"infamous 2 disappointed me in such a way I won't be buying this.. sorry, Sucker Punch." Really? How could inFAMOUS 2 disappoint anyone? It was even better than the first game. This DLC looks great too. Sucker Punch could keep making money off of this game if they can come up with more stories.

gotdangit
gotdangit

This actually sounds really cool. I'm not sure about the flying, but everything else looks really cool.

Swift_Boss_A
Swift_Boss_A

Vamp Cole is going to be awesome to play as, I can't wait to visit new Marais again.

Letlive_Fan
Letlive_Fan

I loved Infamous 2 (plat'd it within 10 days of getting it) and cannot wait to get this. More dlc should be like this, standalone story and not needing to own the game to play it. Sucker Punch, you're awesome.

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

need to get Infamous2 , immediately

koospetoors
koospetoors

New tools to create cutscenes and such? I seriously hope they also add this in the main game, would make creating narrative based missions so much more fun.

Deihjan
Deihjan

infamous 2 disappointed me in such a way I won't be buying this.. sorry, Sucker Punch.

erix43
erix43

This looks great and ONLY 8 BUCKAROOS? HELL YES!!!!

kerrman
kerrman

Two to three hours is a bit short for the main campaign, but then again it's only 8 bucks. Plus with all the side missions that I'm sure there will be the game will probably double in length. And I love the fact that they just outright said "This is pretty much a dream sequence from Zeke." Should be a fun DLC :D

Darkkend
Darkkend

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