PS4's Infamous: First Light Is 1080p, Spans About 4-5 Hours of Gameplay

We talk with Sucker Punch game director Nate Fox about the upcoming standalone title.

Infamous: First Light, a standalone expansion for March's PlayStation 4 title Infamous: Second Son, launches tomorrow. But what's it all about? To get some answers, we spoke with game director Nate Fox. In our interview, he explains how main character Fetch plays differently than Delsin from the original game, how long you can expect it to take you to finish, what its Battle Arenas encompass, and more.

Check out our conversation below, and look for our review of Infamous: First Light later this week.

GameSpot: What was the inspiration to make First Light? Was this planned before Second Son was released or was it in response to the positive feedback around Fetch after the game shipped?

Nate Fox: When Second Son shipped we were excited to see that players got so emotionally invested in Fetch. Her conflicted history and overall attitude made her the perfect fit for a standalone game.

What kind of tone is First Light going for? How does it vary from the main game?

First Light is pretty darn dark. Fetch's life on the streets was tough, her time in Curdun Cay being trained as an assassin was equally rough. Through it all she's still Fetch, no one can keep her down, but she has to fight her way out of some harsh situations.

"We definitely wanted Fetch to play very differently from Delsin with neon powers. Her abilities allow players to move faster and in a more fluid way than we've ever been able to pull off at Sucker Punch" -- Nate Fox

Fetch's movement in First Light is faster and more melee focused; was this intentional...to shake things up so significantly and let people play in a different way than the main game?

We definitely wanted Fetch to play very differently from Delsin with neon powers. Her abilities allow players to move faster and in a more fluid way than we've ever been able to pull off at Sucker Punch.

What bonus content can I expect if I already own Infamous: Second Son?

As a bonus for people who have a copy of Second Son, they can import Delsin into First Light's Battle Arenas.

How many hours of playable content can we expect from First Light?

Don't be fooled by the $14.99 price tag; there's a lot here to discover. The campaign is about 4 to 5 hours long, but afterwards we unlock some new abilities and challenges for the player to achieve in the Battle Arenas.

Were you able to reach the same graphical benchmarks (1080p/60fps) for First Light?

First Light runs at the same speed as Second Son.

What sort of things can we expect from the Arena?

Curdun Cay's Battle Arenas are extreme combat spaces where we push players to the limit. It's pretty intense; we even score your performance. These scores are posted on a leaderboard so all your friends can see who is the best Conduit killer.

First Light is now your second standalone expansion, following Festival of Blood for Infamous 2. Why is Sucker Punch so enamored with this model instead of the traditional route of just releasing more content for the main game?

Having a standalone game means being able to create a full narrative experience for everyone, not just returning players. This lets us spread our wings creatively, making an impactful story where no one is missing out.

Is it possible we'll see more standalone expansions based on the other conduits we saw in Second Son?

Right now we're catching our breath after finishing First Light. But if people really dig Fetch's story, who knows?

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

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Sam_021
Sam_021

Is this gonna be 1080P on Xbox One or 720P?


/s

carbinemess
carbinemess

1080p, arena mode, and 4-5 hours of gameplay. Damn, and these are meant to be the game's "features"? Pathetic trends!

dominoodle
dominoodle

Why melee based? Melee is the worst part of the Infamous games...

robbiejones
robbiejones

I really they stop with that "universe' because all the character's from "second son" were complete rubbish! imo anyways :D

megablast16
megablast16

Didn't know there was any doubt it would be 1080p. 

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

Ya know, back in the day, you would pay $50 for a game like Donkey Kong Country or Mega Man X and the amount of gameplay in those games would top out around 2 or 3 hours. I could literally "platinum" X in 2 hours, and that's with me getting the Street Fighter 2 moves. So I'm not mad at all to get 5 hour game for $15, especially when it's DLC.

mattcake
mattcake

Amusing her name was Fetch, cos she was a right dog.

Badoom-tish!

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

Theya re so proud about the 1080p mark,that is so cute.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Sorry they lost me at fetch was going to be more melee based.. of course fetch was my least favorite character in the game too so that doesn't help much either..

HedleyLamarr
HedleyLamarr

Why would it not run at the same resolution as the core game? Such a dumb question and a pointless thing to point out. Gamespot seems overly obsessed with 1080p. It's great, yes, but c'mon.

skiggy34
skiggy34

Yup Im gonna be that guy!  This game sucks! Second Son was repetitive garbage!  I bought it day 1 and got bored with it 3hrs in... I will NOT be buying this DLC and I could give a s h i t if its 1080p or not... Worry about the game not the resolution..

NTM23
NTM23

Will there be a lot of... "Fetch" quests in this game. Oh ha ha ha. Get it? Did you get it? Oh my goodness that was funny.  I just. I just... Alright, I'll leave.

bizzy-sgs
bizzy-sgs

Nate Fox: When Second Son shipped we were excited to see that players got so emotionally invested in Fetch. "


What is this guy talking about ? I didn't get emotionally invested in anyone while playing Second Son. It was fun but the story was horrible.

oldtobie
oldtobie

Why would anyone think that a DLC would run in a lower performance standard than that of the base game?

Clickbait, I guess they won though since I'm here adding to the pageviews...

gtx_780ti_sli
gtx_780ti_sli

4-5 hours of gameplay? That's how long it took me to platinum Second Son.

kujel
kujel

4-5 hours of gameplay is pathetic, what a waste of resources.

Marky360
Marky360

I want a story where we play as Eugene next and then one where we play as the b!tch herself Agustine. Yea that'd be cool can't wait to play this tomorrow.

ThrashMatt26
ThrashMatt26

why cant i play the game at midnight? why do i have to wait till 10am?

deathstream
deathstream

That was a terrible interview.  Most of the questions weren't even answered.  Especially glaring was the question about resolution and frame rate which incorrectly stated that Second Son was 60fps.  Note that the interviewee didn't correct the interviewer, but just pointed out that it was the same as SS.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Skrilla_XS  I must've played Donkey Kong Country at least 30 times in my lifetime and MMX 50 times.  The difference is, those games are classics and highly replayable.  Infamous doesn't have that.  Beat it twice in good or bad and that's it.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@Skrilla_XS Sure... but how many times have you replayed Donkey Kong Country or Mega Man X versus something like this?  Games have sure gotten a lot longer and a lot more packed with content, so I certainly appreciate most games.  Every once and awhile a Ground Zeroes comes out, but for the most part games are doing fine with length.  I find myself replaying very few modern games.

Games like DKC or MMX didn't hold your hand all the way through.  You died again and again until you got good enough to pass whatever level you were stuck on.  Sure if you can bl0w through the whole game, it amounts to not a whole lot of 'content' by today's standards, but I think you should be factoring in the time spent learning the game and getting good enough to beat them.  With MMX, maybe factor in working out where every heart tank, energy tank and armor piece is on top of that.  The internet wasn't a widespread thing back in the day... you couldn't just go and look it up, unless you got a publication that told you where everything was.  If you actually bothered to work out where everything was, that's a lot of time spent for a game that isn't an RPG, and it's one of the things I loved about the Mega Man X series that was so radically different from the NES games.

eddieham13
eddieham13

@sonicblast19 They probably wouldn't of said anything if Gamespot didn't ask them.

And all they said was it runs the same as Second Son.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@HedleyLamarr Eddie has become notorious for having the need (or so it seems) to mention the resolution of every game like if it was something vital. (Like Fez on PS4, for example)

mattcake
mattcake

@skiggy34 Yup, massive disappointment. Having to repeatedly press the button to fire your basic shot was weak, as was the slight "thud" sound effect when you hit anything. All the powers were pretty much the same, repetitive gameplay (Ubi style) and it doesn't even look that good either. I had 10x more fun with Watchdogs.

pip3dream
pip3dream

@skiggy34  While I'm not sure I would of put it so harshly, I do agree - I really wanted to like this game because I loved the pacific northwest setting, and the story seemed cool - I couldn't get over the combat and mechanics, it just seemed so bloody repetitive... It seemd like a chore.  I just watched it on youtube.

mi_hung_lo
mi_hung_lo

@bizzy-sgs Who is he referring to? Everyone I know felt she didn't belong in the game. They were just looking for someone to make a story behind. I thought Infamous 2 was better. The last boss fight was epic.  

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@bizzy-sgs here we go again with the whole 1 guy = every single persons opinion . . . . *sigh*

bizzy-sgs
bizzy-sgs

@gtx_780ti_sli How the hell did you platinum this game in 4-5 hours ? It takes you 4 or 5 hours just to do all the side content.

equanox214
equanox214

@kujel for a dlc? thats 15 dollars? your out of your damn mind

psyphonx
psyphonx

@Marky360 I'd rather have new powers, new character, or something like that.
Or multiplayer in which everyone chooses a different power to take each other on with.

psyphonx
psyphonx

@ThrashMatt26 Yeah that sucks. It's telling me the same thing. Do midnight releases no longer exist?

Ayzed
Ayzed

@ThrashMatt26  You in Australia? I think it's cause us and Europe both get it at Europe's midnight, Don't ask me why or quote me on it though. it's sh*t though, If I want a game at launch I'll always just buy the physical copy at a midnight sale for this reason.

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@eddieham13 @sonicblast19 So bassically clickbait and fuel for fanboys.They click this crappy news article just to argue.Then again gaming has become more like a "war" between faboys who fight for the "honor" of their console and which is the best and crap instead of actually playing games and exchanging experiences.So sad.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@Warlord_Irochi @HedleyLamarr I wonder where this idiotic discussion originated from. I mean, everyone is spreading this resolution plague around now, but where did it start... Did gamers really start such a big outrage about resolution that now everyone feels the need to include it in every article and discussion?

smurfa1
smurfa1

@Warlord_Irochi @HedleyLamarr  What? You mean that an expansion for a game use the same engine on which the core game is running. What kind of dark sorcery is this? /sarcasm

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@mattcake @skiggy34 @pip3dream by any chance are any of you the hypocrites that buy CoD, BF, GTA, Assassin's Creed . . . the list goes on for miles, sorry to point this out but majority games are repetitive these days. 

Vizard666
Vizard666

@mattcake @skiggy34 Each to their own. I thought Watchdogs was a really weak game after transitioning from GTA. The world looked less lifelike somehow. I found infamous to be repetitive but there is not much that you can expect from a game such as that.  It is still a solid game but not one of the top games that Sony has come out with. I still have fonder memories of the first Infamous though.

HedleyLamarr
HedleyLamarr

Indeed. It's basically a pissing contest. Advancements and innovation in gameplay are so much more important than resolution. 1080p is nice, but it's one of the least important aspects of a game being truly great.