Infamous Q&A: Good Versus Evil

We check in with Sucker Punch to find out about its upcoming first PlayStation 3 title.

Among the varied selection of games shown off for the PlayStation 3, Sucker Punch's Infamous was an eye-popping surprise. The original game from the Washington-based developer is a far cry from the cel-shaded Sly Cooper series that helped put the studio on the map. The teaser trailer for the game showed off a gritty, realistic art style and a whole lot of superpowered madness. We tracked down Sucker Punch cofounder and producer Brian Fleming to find out what the developer is cooking up for the PlayStation 3.

GameSpot: When did development on the game start? What is the background of the team that worked on it (what games have they worked on)?

Brian Fleming: The game has been under development for 18 months and will ship in 2008. Sucker Punch continues to be a one-project-at-a-time studio, so the entire team shifted over to Infamous work when we returned from vacations after Sly III. We're excited to stretch our wings in a new direction with this title. And we're certainly as driven as ever to create great gameplay and spectacular visuals with Infamous.

GS: What inspired the game?

BF: We've drawn inspiration from a lot of different places. I know Batman Begins the movie was really inspiring for a lot of us when it came out. We were already in development when the Heroes TV show came out, and certainly, we're fans of that. But I think our real inspiration is to deliver a game that's so playable and so approachable that you actually get immersed in the journey and really feel like these events are happening to you...that you are in fact making the choice of how to treat people. Will you be a menace or a hero? That's a super interesting question to us!

GS: What can you tell us about the game's story? What elements in the trailer help tell that story?

BF: Not a whole lot at this point. There will be a primary story arc that will unfold as the game progresses, but how you play the missions as a good or bad hero will determine how the world reacts to you. What you can tell from the trailer is the story will be punctuated with some big set pieces and battles. That's something we think that's so important to any superhero story--the opportunity to face and battle with incredible enemies.

GS: What kind of game is it? Open world? Linear? Etc.?

BF: Infamous will have a nonlinear, open environment style of gameplay. We are making a superhero sandbox game that will allow players the freedom to play the game the way they want to play it. You couple some really rich powers with a really reactive environment and population, and you end up with something players haven't seen before.

GS: What are the powers that you'll have in the game?

BF: What I can talk about is what you've seen in the trailer: The hero is shown throwing bolts of electricity and directing a massive lightning strike. Those are specific, offensive powers, which the player will need to decide how and where to use. Obviously, there will be more than these two, but they're the only two major powers we've shown thus far.

GS: What's the change of pace like from the game SP has done previously?

BF: It's been a huge change--really across the board for us. We've gone from the PS2 to the PS3. We've gone from cel-shaded talking animals to more realistic-looking humans. We've gone from a level-based game to a fully streaming open-ended game.

But ultimately, I think these sorts of changes are what this business should be all about. We didn't want to sit around making just more sequels. Don't get me wrong; we absolutely love the Sly Cooper franchise, but it was time for something new. If we accomplish this and do a great job, I'll be incredibly proud of our versatility as a studio.

GS: What's it been like working on the PlayStation 3 for the first time?

BF: For us, the most exciting part of the PS3 has been the cell processor, the SPUs specifically. In our highest density scenes right now, we are currently using about 30 percent of the SPUs' capabilities--with the SPUs doing lots of heavy lifting for us on rendering, visibility, particle systems, skinning, animation blending, and so on...this with scores of pedestrians, cars, fires, etc., all going on. And the best part? We've not made any significant attempts to even optimize the SPU code. I think it's reasonable to guess we could put 10 times as much stuff on the SPUs and still make our frame budgets. It's really pretty amazing.

GS: Thanks for your time.

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189 comments
Topgamer220
Topgamer220

Ps3 rules... This game looks great i cant wait

jedbeetle
jedbeetle

This game looks similar to prototype in certain ways....Prototype looks like it has more tanks and helicopters, so far, but inFamous seems like it has more nuanced combat and movement and therefore probably more strategy in its game-play. I'm excited by both, but I'm, so far, more convinced by inFamous, which i've already pre-ordered, than by Prototype, which i'll wait for reviews for before spending on many on....

bornforgta4
bornforgta4

we need an update i mean it should already be released.

ky14_ky13
ky14_ky13

i cant wait intill this game comes out its going to be the best game out there

hak145
hak145

Is it me or does this game look similar to Prototype?? And isnt Prototype coming for both ps3 and 360?Thxs Infamous but ill settle for Prototype on the 360. Not saying Infamous looks bad but i prefer Prototype

delorayn1
delorayn1

it looks like combination of GTA, god of war and sly

sergecalame
sergecalame

it looks like mixed gta and assassin's creed. It will be a very good game.

Rosenkratz
Rosenkratz

This looks promising... A pity there is no update on this game yet.

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

this looks promising, depending of the gameplay, this could turn into a classic game for my collection :)

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

This sounds like a very interesting game and one that I"m definately going to keep my eye on. I think the one image they have looks good to me, but you can't really tell from just one image...

ef13
ef13

this does NOT look impressive, the city, cars, and models aren't even near up to par compared to GTA4, this is gonna turn out to be one of these incredible hulk/spiderman games :O

guerillaKZ2
guerillaKZ2

wish gamespot would've asked more questions about thee game!!!! i bet xbox fanboys are gonna get defensive about this game when it comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guerillaKZ2
guerillaKZ2

loved the sly series!!!!!! sucker punch rules!!!!!!!!!!!! this is gonna be one of the best games sony publishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guerillaKZ2
guerillaKZ2

this is wicked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guerillaKZ2
guerillaKZ2

i've always hated superhero games, but this looks incredible!! eye candy! the fact that you can choose between being good or evil sounds wicked!!!!

Chapel18
Chapel18

this game looks like it could be pretty sweet

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Ghatiya mediocre game main ise kabhi nahi kharidoonga.

fistoflight
fistoflight

sounds good hope they can live up to it

Maeros4
Maeros4

good read! Everyone please stop comparing this game to other games because if you have played the sly racoon series you know the developers are very skilled and can make any 'generic' idea into something unique. Yes the concept can be like crackdown or fable or what have you not but like i said this guys can make their game stand out.

SoulKillah
SoulKillah

This might just be one of them AAA titles the PS3 needs:)

Cono_2007
Cono_2007

If you have a choice between good and evil, i pick both. Start new campains, one as a goody and one as a baddy. hehe

MxO
MxO

I am intrigued.

Dukeofterror
Dukeofterror

really looks interesting. gonna watch out for that one.

teewii
teewii

omg this game is gonna be soo cool. great consept.. wish they could make more games like that... cant wait

darthzew
darthzew

This and Prototype are following in the footsteps of Crackdown. I loved Crackdown so you can't complain about more games like it on the way!

callumohare
callumohare

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Mako468
Mako468

looks like a rip off of crackdown

godhatch
godhatch

kmiceray thats exactly what i was thinking aswell, wonder if the charecter will change appearance based on what path you take aswell

9thwardice
9thwardice

aww its alright CuffS dont get mad cuz you cant play it

steelzero009
steelzero009

love the concept good or evil it add replay value to the game nice

macabre190788
macabre190788

I'm looking forward to this more than MGS4 and GTA4. I guess it's because you can play as a superhero or supervillain. I absolutely love the concept. I haven't played any games by Sucker Punch before, maybe it's about time?

kmiceray
kmiceray

I know it's in a different time setting, but I think this is the "Fable" for the PS3. Can't wait for it.

b_newsome
b_newsome

E3 trailer was amazing and reading up on this more i have to say, this will be one of the most anticipated games once more info comes. Being able to control the story with your choices sounds awesome.

jackle2071
jackle2071

Yeah that trailer at E3 was pretty cool. can't wait to get some more info on the game!

godhatch
godhatch

can't wait to get my hands on this, looks pretty amazing, also looks like it's taken inspiration from assasins creed with the guy scaling buildings not a bad thing though

GreenC4T
GreenC4T

Wow, this games sounds more and more interesting.

MorphiX82
MorphiX82

hopefully it turns out to be as good as it sounds.

Yochab
Yochab

Hmm, very cool. It sounds like the next best thing for the PS3. I hope it will be as such.