PlayStation-exclusive Infamous series originally began as an Animal Crossing-style game

Sucker Punch cofounder adds that one of the game's original pitches had players fighting a gang of purple gorillas who were stealing balloons.

The origins of the PlayStation-exclusive Infamous series probably aren't what you expect. Sucker Punch Productions cofounder Chris Zimmerman told GameSpot that after moving on from the Sly Cooper games, the studio's idea for what would become Infamous had a lot in common with Nintendo's Animal Crossing series.

"The original idea for Infamous, believe it or not, was that it was kind of Animal Crossing, but you were a super hero," Zimmerman said. The Animal Crossing franchise is known for its deep social features, and similar elements were planned for the original vision of Infamous.

"All kinds of crazy stuff like that," Zimmerman said. "We worked on that for about a year in that direction. So much more stylized, much more cartoony than what you end up seeing. We worked hard to see if we could make that work."

Zimmerman explained that Sucker Punch did a lot of interesting experimentation with this version of Infamous and even created multiple prototypes.

One of the game's original pitches had players fighting a gang of purple gorillas who were stealing balloons. However, "it really wasn't coming together" and Sucker Punch instead shifted focus to the version Infamous as we know it today.

Unfortunately, we don't have any images of this very early version of Infamous to share.

The next installment in the Infamous series is this month's Infamous: Second Son, which launches March 21 exclusively for the PlayStation 4. For more on Infamous: Second Son, check out GameSpot's just-published coverage from our trip to their studio in Bellevue, Washington.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Sora2314
Sora2314

"I have an idea! Let's make a game where you fight purple gorillas who steal balloons!" 


"...You're fired, Frank. You're fired."

bpthomas85
bpthomas85

right now 8 of 9 stories on the front page are about infamous...


eddieham13
eddieham13

Did Sucker Punch forget they were working for Sony and not Nintendo.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

They should implant the original idea in the game somewhere.  Like a poster or playable side game.

EPaul
EPaul

Thank god they changed their mind

blackothh
blackothh

truth is stranger then fiction

Hurvl
Hurvl

This is even more twisted than when you hear that some movies with iconic performances could have had other lead actors. From purple gorillas to this? I can only say that they made the right choice.

19James89
19James89

Copying Nintendo as per usual.

meedokicky
meedokicky

lol good, I don't think I would have liked it as much that way :P

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

I want that early version, heck with Infamous as we know it.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I heard Infamous tripped over a candy bar wrapper today. WHERE'S THAT IMPORTANT STORY, GAMESPOT!?!

iampenguin
iampenguin

animal crossing. like why did Cole and the chicken cross the road?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@warhawk-geeby  

@cboye18 

Both of you might want to know that Crackdown (2007) precedes both Prototype and inFamous when it comes to open-world games with super-powers.

There may even be earlier games, namely comic-book-related ones, such as Ultimate Spider-Man (2005).

Really, this argument of who comes first can go on and on. :P

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Makes sense. Sucker Punch were masters at animation. Sly 2 is my favorite game from the PS2 era.

The change was totally for the best. Out of their comfort zone, but for the best, given the genre.

Mraou
Mraou

The PlayStation Nation are too mature for a kiddy, colourful game like that.

hystavito
hystavito

Yeah that's weird, and they worked on it for about a year!  :)

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Interesting read, I'm glad they change there minds and it's probably for the best. Enjoy the Infamous games on PS3 and looking forward to Second Son.

chev9342
chev9342

In other words: "We were going to rip-off Nintendo, but seeing how Sony beat us to it multiple times, we had to change direction."

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

"So much more stylized, much more cartoony than what you end up seeing."

Would have liked to have seen that.

cboye18
cboye18

Sly Cooper was really a great game. I've only played the first one but I've enjoyed it alot. So few platformers are released on the PS3 these days, it's a good thing we still have Ratchet and Clank. 

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

They should have done this. Problem is that 'mature' gamers wouldn't touch it. 

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Unlike Titanfall this game is 100% exclusive.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Hell that would've given me nightmares about that horrible BonziBuddy thing people kept putting on their PCs many years ago.

daviz88
daviz88

glad that didn't happen

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

Lol. Sony always trying to copy nintendo. But glad that something new came out of the game.

mattcake
mattcake

Those purple f****** bast**ds.

sf49erssf
sf49erssf

As of right now, there's only 5 comments but when xbox one news comes out, they'll be a thousand in 15 minutes, mostly sony fanboys trolling

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@19James89  

I am having the impression that you are one of those Ninty die-hards that attribute any feat to Nintendo first and foremost.

eddieham13
eddieham13

@Mraou  Mature is not age. It's also not losing the appreciation for "colourful" media.

Mature is stopping being an arsehole if you were one in school. Not being racist. Not being sexist. Not being Homophobic. These are things that you need to do to be mature. Not stop watching cartoons or something haha.

HextupleyooDOT
HextupleyooDOT

@Mraou  “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” ~C.S. Lewis

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Mraou  Define 'mature'. Ratchet & Clank, Sly, Jak & Daxter were all MASSIVE hits in the PS2 era, and Sucker Punch was right in the middle of it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@chev9342 They couldn't ape after Nintendo using purple gorillas, so they finally took the hard decision of doing something original. Donkey Kong proves that monkey business is quite lucrative, but there are many other roads to success.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

And I'm glad they did. Infamous Second Son is my on March 21st.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PosiTVEMinD355 If they'd only release it on PC and with mod tools, then it wouldn't be impossible.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@cboye18  Find a way to pick up the Sly Collection for your PS3. Sly 2 was brilliant and improved on the original in every way.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@sf49erssf  That's funny thing to say for xbone fanboy troll on the PS4 article

zintarr
zintarr

@sf49erssf  Are you saying that without the fanboy trolling the average Xbox One article would only have about 5 people posting? Sad for the Xbox One :(

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@sf49erssf  Because this is clearly much bigger news than Microsoft's Hail Mary Xbone game having issues.

porcupeth123
porcupeth123

@sf49erssf  Those "sony fanboys" will be too busy having fun with the game, unlike the TF defense brigade who couldn't play it because XBL was down.

zerohournow
zerohournow

@sf49erssf mostly raging about a game they cant play but most certainly hate and think sucks.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@PixelAddict and that was how many years ago? do you know what happens to humans when years pass?

sf49erssf
sf49erssf

What I am saying is, Sony fanboys spend their free time trolling the comments section while xbox one owners are too busy playing Titanfall

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@mr_nee  You realize there is still a market for such games, right?

You act like the gaming population is static, but there are always new gamers entering (and exiting).

We'd be smart not to assume.