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inFAMOUS 2: User-Created Missions Give Infinite Possibilities, Limited Beta in April

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Here at Sucker Punch, we’ve spent the last couple of years hard at work on inFAMOUS 2. Over the last nine months or so, we’ve talked about a lot of things that make I2 awesome—things like crazy new powers for Cole, super-powered sidekicks, radically improved graphics and special effects, a cool new karma system with branching story lines and multiple endings—but we’ve managed to keep one major feature completely secret.

Until today.

Sandbox games like inFAMOUS 2 are a ton of fun. There’s a whole city to explore, and we provide lots of stuff to do in the city… but no matter how many missions and mini-missions and systemic opportunities and branching story lines we add to the game, eventually the story ends.

We thought inFAMOUS 2 would be better if it didn’t end—if you never ran out of missions and mini-missions to play and things to do. So… we spent the last two years adding a User-Generated Content feature to the game. With User-Generated Content, inFAMOUS 2 players can build new missions, then share them with the world. I think you’ll all quickly discover that while building missions is a lot of fun, seeing people play and enjoy those missions is even better!

There really aren’t a lot of limits to the sorts of missions you can build. Sure, you can build the sort of missions that will ship on the inFAMOUS 2 disk. Mission creators have access to the same set of characters, creatures and props—so if you want to set a pack of Hive Lords rumbling after Cole through the streets of New Marais, you can do it. If you want to have Cole and Zeke face off against Nix and Kuo, you can do it.

If you want to bend the rules of inFAMOUS 2 to create new kinds of missions, you can do that too. Wish I2 had pure stealth missions? No problem, you can create stealth missions. Looking for more of a challenge? Try taking away some of Cole’s powers—see how the player does facing a platoon of Militia wielding only his Amp. Or add an old-school platforming challenge, or a race, or… I could go on all day.

It’s pretty easy to do missions that are more like mini-games, too. Skeet shooting? No problem. Disc golf? Assuming you’re happy tossing around cars instead of Frisbees, sure. How about a mission where Zeke just tells you bad jokes until you shoot him? Um, yeah, you can do that, too.

Building missions is only half the story, of course—we make it super easy to upload your missions to the network, so other players can see your cool new missions.

User-generated missions show up in the world just like regular missions. When you walk up to them, you see the PSN tag of the mission creator, plus extra information like the mission’s current rating. And back at Sucker Punch headquarters, we’ll be watching—missions that get high scores will get promoted to the Sucker Punch Featured Missions list, and those missions will end up just about everyone’s copy of New Marais.

We think this is a neat opportunity for people to become famous for the missions they build. We know there are lots of creative people out there, people who love third-person action games like I2, and have great ideas about what they’d do with the game if they had the chance. Well, now we’re giving you that chance! Let’s see what you can do!

There will be a limited public beta of inFAMOUS 2 UGC starting in early April. We’ll be announcing how to sign up for the beta on March 14… watch infamousthegame.com for more details! And be sure to watch the video above to whet your appetite…

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217 Comments

  • This is Epic!

  • inFamous 2’s tag line..

    Play, Share, Electrocute!

  • Hooligantuan

    Hey, remember that early Cole redesign where he was all pretty and Calvin Klein?

    aha ha hahaha

  • O.M.G. You guys are going WAY above and BEYOND! Awesome and I can’t wait.

  • WHAT.

  • eaglefan129

    yep i’m sold now user created content means endless dlc can’t wait.

  • beta for playstation plus users …

  • It gets better and better! I can’t wait to create my own levels/missions on a sandbox game! :)

  • This is awesome, cant wait. Are we going to see Move Integration ?

  • That’s it, I’m SO getting this game.
    Even more awesome if I manage to get in the Beta =P

  • Wow.

  • TehWeirdDude

    And I thought Infamous 2 couldn’t get more awesome without spoiling the plot…

  • Impressive. Sure would like to see how detailed the customization is, as just creating the largest possible crowd of enemies and using the most powerful powers on them alone is something that would keep me amused for some time.

  • Please explain how we can create missions? Don’t the missions include cutscenes and stuff like that? Sicne we can’t make those… How is this going to work?

  • bluetooth27

    OMG! EPIC!

  • WOOOT!

  • Gates-to-Hell

    thats sick….
    its another LBP game
    how does it go Play Create Share

  • 2 things: How i get into the Beta?? and what? No Rescue missions? That would have been cool too =P

  • RurouniSaiya-jin

    Sucker Punch continues to deliver! This game is going to be soooo sweet.

  • CrimsonFox13

    That’s amazing. I’m definitely getting this game the week it releases.

  • Just shut up and take my money already!

  • It’s been said before but I’ll say it again: “LittleBiginFAMOUS”

  • narwhalSTAB

    WINNING

    Tiger Blood & Adonis DNA

  • Awesome. This game was a sure buy for me from the start, but more icing on the cake is definitely nice.

  • Guyana_Bandit

    Damn that is EPIC. Please tell the Canadian Gamestop or Amazon to hurry up and get the Hero Edition on their website! I’ll feel better once I know it’s on pre-order :D

  • FREAKING AWESOME. I love it when game companies implement fantastic ideas that I’ve never even dreamed of! InFamous 2 has a very VERY serious shot GOTY 2011. I love how LBP has started this new trend in sony games with user created content, like with socom 4’s coop mode and now InFamous 2’s missions, it’s super exciting.

  • As if I wasn’t going to buy this Day 1 already, you had to go and do this!?!?!

    Holy *expletive*! You guys are *expletive* amazing!!

  • falconsfan07

    Sony and Playstation are on a role this year. So far, every PS3 exclusive game that has been released this year is GOTY material, at least for me it is, and this just sweetens the pot. I’m so glad to be PS3 owner. Can’t wait for June 7th. Hero Edition FTW!!!

  • I think you guys should make every trailer for every game release from now on. You guys make EPIC TRAILERS AND EPIC GAMES. I already got my Hero edition pre-order on amazon.com and I cannot wait until June 7th.

  • shortstack09

    Why do you offer a bunch of cool stuff plus a backpack for the hero edition, then pull this out of your magic hat? don’t you know no one is going to leave the house now? Even better question, will there be a trophy system for best user-created mission of the week/month?

  • radiantshadow92

    by the gods…..ive logged 100 hours into infamous…imagine how many hours i will log into infamous 2!?!?!?!

  • radiantshadow92

    Like the guy above said. Please.

    Shut up and take my money!

  • WOW I’m speechless. This is gonna be freaking amazing.

  • TheDarkCrucible

    you have NO idea how happy this makes me that is just amazing and suprised me cause didn’t see it coming! nice job Sucker Punch REALLY hope I can get in on the Beta!

    Might have to go pre-order (if I can) ;] now im excited for this!

  • As if I wasn’t sold already

  • Extremely innovative and sweet

  • Cloud64Strife

    Was this the only online component of the game, or might we have coop/vs also? That would expound on how awesome this game is.

  • Arcadian_Rebel

    Best news of the week and best trailer of the YEAR! Haven’t been more excited for a game in so long!

  • Looks Great.

  • Seriously, wow.

  • PatriotEyez27

    Another Play Create Share game.

    That’s AWESOME!

  • Mind.Has.Been.Blown

  • This looks so awesome! Limited Public Beta sign-up on March 14th, eh? That’s my birthday.

  • Excellent!

  • I’m getting in that beta no matter what.

  • TheGuardianFID

    FREAKING AWESOME!!! o_O I knew it was a wise decision to pre-order the Hero Edition today, Awesome stuff SP, you rock!!! 8D

  • Excellent idea. Hope to see this in more PS3 titles. Uncharted 3 user made MP levels?

  • sweet hope i get into the beta.

  • Isn’t having infinite missions kinda impossible?!

  • That was a great trailer!

    I think I better go pre order my copy of this game quickly..

    ..like right NOW!

    Bye!

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