Infamous: Second Son's hotline number works in real life

PlayStation 4 exclusive lets you listen to a recording from the game's villain on your phone.

One of the refrains in Infamous: Second Son is that conduits--people with superpowers--are a dangerous menace that must be stopped. Citizen are urged to do their part in ensuring the streets of Seattle remain safe, and you see how willingly they form protest rallies or shout out to police units to turn in undesirables. Now you have the chance to do your part to help the government lock up bio-terrorists.

There are billboards in Seattle that ask people to "cooperate." A phone number resides under that no-nonsense command, and the protagonist Delsin Rowe does call that number while causing hijinks in the open world. The tip hotline isn't just for digital denizens, though. If you call 1-844-HELP-DUP, you can hear a prerecorded message that furthers the narrative of Second Son.

A man answers your call stating, "Thank you for calling the Department of Unified Protection. Please stay on the line for an important message from our director, Brooke Augustine." And then you hear Augustine, the villain in Second Son, spout propaganda about those who have the genetic makeup to consume the energies of other people and use them to cause havoc. She references Cole McGrath, the star of the first two Infamous games, and points out that you could be a bio-terrorist, even if you don't realize it.

To hear the entire recording, call 1-844-HELP-DUP. Infamous: Second Son is out on PlayStation 4 today. Read our full review here.

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23 comments
venturahz2002
venturahz2002

Can I call that in Phillipines? Im not spending my money only for a gimmick

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

So is that a U.S. only number or what? Don't feel like calling across the world for a gimmick, thank you

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Now I LIKE silly stuff like this. Gonna play it in front of my co workers next time I am there.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I love stuff like this, that's always cool.  It'll be a sex line in a couple years but oh well!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I wonder if this'll work 7 years from now when I plan on getting a 99 dollar PS4 and this game in a bargain bin.

Johny_47
Johny_47

That's pretty cool, I always wanted that ZIT song spotting thing from GTA IV to be real, shazam is good and all but you need a 'smart' phone for that =P

cornbredx
cornbredx

Easter Eggs like this are always fun. Arkham Asylum had a bunch of them.

BrickMcIronhard
BrickMcIronhard

This and the Paper Trail marketing (where I was mailed a package containing scent cards and Rorshach test cards to use during an online sensory test to determine if I was a conduit and what power I had. Pressurized Water by the way) are fantastic, immersive examples of marketing. Game is downloading now, can't wait to play when I get home from work!

Tubatica
Tubatica

I remember the Dungeon Defenders secret room, where if you adjusted the camera just right, there was a QR code to scan.  Pretty cool when they do stuff like this. 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

That's a nice touch. I love it when companies do stuff like this.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@shinjuki yeah but my phone isn't by Verizon. I just use Trac phones. You loose enough phones over things they don't cover and you get tired of it REAL quick. Regardless no hidden charges here. lasted one minute total also.



PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@PeterDuck I actually couldn't remember it in another video game, but I've seen it in movies before. Didn't they do that in Fight Club?

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@PeterDuck @PixelAddict  God of War 1 did it by hiding the phone number in the statues at the end of the game. You can youtube it. Not sure if the number still works. Scrubs did this originally and changed the response for a few years until they stopped doing it. The only ones I remember offhand.