Sucker Punch Productions has always had a big role with PlayStation systems. First, it was with the Sly Cooper series for the PlayStation 2, then the inFamous series for the PlayStation 3 and 4. It’s possible the developer is aiming for yet another new series with the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima, but I hope that doesn’t mean the developer is going to abandon the world of inFamous. In fact, with the release of the PlayStation 5 coming in 2020, a proper sequel to inFamous: Second Son needs to be a launch title.
I’m honestly surprised we haven’t had a sequel to inFamous: Second Son yet, especially after it left an opening for a sequel. Yes, there was that standalone DLC, First Light, but the first inFamous title also had standalone DLC—Festival of Blood. Neither of these games are proper sequels. First Light tells Fetch’s backstory, events set before Second Son, and Festival of Blood presents a vampire story from the evil timeline of the first game.
However, another DLC for Second Son opened another pathway for a sequel. Paper Trail was unique in that while it had its own storyline, it wasn’t told in inFamous’ action-RPG format. Instead, it was a series of clues and puzzles for Delsin Rowe to solve, and the player had to use a web browser to solve them and unlock the next clue. Paper notes, often folded into origami, were left around Seattle, hinting that yet another superhuman is running around who escaped the DUP (Department of Unified Protection). No matter if you’re playing the good or evil routes, the end result is the same: Delsin never meets with or confronts Celia, the girl with paper powers.
Delsin resolves to find Celia. If the player is on the good path, Delsin wants to seek her to stop her and/or save her. If the player is following the path of evil, then Delsin promises to find her because “birds of a feather flock together.” Most likely, he wants to get a bit of her powers, as he did with everyone else in Second Son.
Paper Trail DLC aside, it’s clear at the end of Second Son that Delsin’s journey is not over, and neither is the DUP’s. There are plenty of others out there with superhuman powers who don’t deserve to be used like Fetch and Celia.
The inFamous titles were a few of the best exclusives for the PlayStation 3, and Second Son was a perfect launch window game for the PlayStation 4. While so many of the early launch games for the PS4 were rather rough, inFamous: Second Son finally brought a launch title that successfully implemented all of the new tech the PS4 offered without it seeming too forced. Most typical launch games unfortunately come across as tech demos more than anything else. Second Son found a way to present all of the new PS4 features without falling into the launch trap.
So what better way for the PlayStation 5 to launch than with an inFamous title in its launch window library? I’m sure Ghost of Tsushima will be fantastic, and I’m sure it will release on the PS5 as well as the PS4. But with all the history of inFamous over the last two PlayStation generations, its legacy should continue.
Not to mention, we just want more inFamous games, especially a sequel to Second Son.