Empire City

Climate: Temperate
Country: USA
Architecture: Postmodern
Art Deco
Economy: Extensive (prior to the Blast)
Critical (post Blast)
Population: 10,422,592
Government: Unknown
Based on: New York
Status: Destroyed
Appears in: Infamous: Post Blast
Infamous (comics)
Infamous: Precinct Assault
Infamous 2
Infamous Anarchy (non-canon appearance)

Empire City was a large city located somewhere in the New York area of the United States of America. The city consisted of three islands, or districts; the Neon, the Warren and the Historic District. It is the main setting of Infamous.[1][2][3]

It was after Empire City the Empire Event was named, which concerns the final major catastrophe taking place in Empire City: the arrival of the Beast.[1][2]


Prior to the Blast

Empire City was originally a highly populated city and consisted of three islands; the Neon, the Warren and the Historic district. The Neon was the commercial section of the city, with many companies and markets. The Warren was Empire City's slum and industrial part, and the largest island of the three. The Historic District was the cultural part of the city, with many parks and landmarks. The large city gained its power from several Substations, all of which were temporarily disabled during the Blast.[1]

The Blast

Back then Empire City was in quarantine, it had gone to hell.
— Cole MacGrath on the chaos of Empire City.
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The start of the Blast.

Empire City would later be the victim of a devastating explosion. Following the nicknamed "Blast", Empire City was cursed with a plague. The potential danger of the plague caused the city to be put under quarantine and the initial increase in crime and disease made Empire City very dangerous, going so far the government discussed if it would be best to exterminate the entire city. Contact with the rest of the world was cut off, and as the rest of the world would be reported to about the restoration of Empire City, although the city's condition was much worse.[1]

The Blast activated several Conduits in the city, all with their own intentions. The stronger ones took control of large parts of the city, whereas the weaker were forced under control of the stronger ones. The police force had to defend the city, but only managed this thanks to the help from the newly activated Conduit Cole MacGrath.[1]

Promises kept

What will they do the first time they expect me to be there for them when I'm not?
— Cole has become a hero.

Empire City assaulted.

Eventually MacGrath defeated all of the gangs in Empire City, and restored peace. However, the DARPA Agent Moya Jones, who had been working with Cole before her lies were revealed, kept her promise and made the call to bomb Empire City. With several resources storming the city, eliminating the weak and sick, Empire City was once again in chaos. It wouldn't take long until Moya created a form of "super-soldiers", whom she sent to aid in the battle of the city. However, Cole MacGrath (with some help from the cops) managed to stop Moya and once again restore order in the city. After this, the citizens of Empire City began worshiping Cole as something more than a hero, and with his help managed to rebuild Empire City to its former state.[4][1]


I was strong, I was ready, I had fought it with everything I had ... and it wasn't enough.
— Cole's grief over his mistake.[2]

The destruction of the newly restored Empire City.

With the arrival of the prophetized "the Beast", Empire City was entirely destroyed despite Cole's effort to stop it. Following the chaos, the word of the Demon quickly spread as the fate of Empire City came to be known. The director of the NSA, Houston, began investigating the matter, though the conclusion of this remains unknown.[2]

The demise of Empire City resulted in the collapse of the global economy, as the world struggled to respond to the sudden loss of the Empire Exchange, and the trillions of dollars in damages caused by the Beast's rampage along the Eastern Seaboard and also leads Cole to sink into a depression state.[2]

Alternate Timelines

Evil Karma

The following is based on non-canon content and is not considered to be part of the Infamous continuity.
Main article: Evil Karma
Empire City is a wasteland ... I've taken this place down, notch by notch, and it's never getting up again.
— Evil Cole exclaims his superiority

In the timeline of Evil Cole, the city would learn to fear Cole as a tyrant. The city slowly began to fall apart, and with the aid they received from Cole, the Reapers quickly managed to overcome the police. It wouldn't take long until Cole ruled the city with a hand of steel, where the weak fended for themselves, and the strong ruled them all.[1]

End of non-canon content

Kessler's timeline

In an alternate timeline, Cole never faced the Beast, but fled instead, trying to protect his family. With this, Empire City was destroyed with the rest of the world.[1]


The Neon

Main article: The Neon

The Neon district.

The Neon was the marketing part of Empire City. It was were companies marketed the products and was the home of many parks. While Post-modern architecture consisted in all of Empire City, including the Neon, the architecture of the latter also consisted of many High-Tech and Art Deco buildings. The Neon also had fewer electric wires spread across the district, than compared to the other islands.[1]

The Neon was the district suffering least damage from the Blast, although the post-effects were critical, as the criminal gang known as the Reapers would soon be in control of the district.[1]

The Warren

Main article: The Warren

The Hospital in the Warren.

The Warren was the largest island and the industrial part of Empire City, and was also dubbed as the local slum. Despite the Warren's economic situation, it was the home of the largest prison in Empire City as well as the only hospital. The Warren was also a home to a large park, which was turned into a base of the Dust Men, after the Blast.[1]

Historic District

Main article: Historic District

The Historic District.

The Historic District was the smallest island of the city, the cultural part and the home of many parks. Here the most Post-modern buildings could be found, along with a great deal of Art Deco inspired architecture. The cult group First Sons quickly established themselves as rulers of the district, but their presence didn't go public until after the Blast, which was caused by the group itself.[1]

The Historic District was the island most affected by the Blast, and many parts were in ruins. With this, the Historic District was made a Burial Ground where victims of the blast could be laid to rest.[1]

Notable Landmarks and locations

The Neon

The Warren

Historic District


Notable persons from Empire City

Notable organizations in Empire City


The Neon

The Warren

Historic District




  • USTV Broadcasts throughout inFamous 2 indicates that Empire City was located in the vicinity of New York City and Boston, noted for being a prominent economic center as well as being home to a population of millions.[2]
  • In trailers for inFamous, Cole said the Empire City Blast destroyed the radius of 6 square blocks. In inFamous 2, however, he says 5 square blocks.[2]
    • It should be noted that John White said it was something around 5 or 6 square blocks, but that he wasn't sure.[2]
  • Empire City appears to be modeled after New York City, thus explaining Cole's New York dialect as well as giving a hint on the location of the city.[5]
  • Empire City returned with a different appearance in inFamous 2, than it had in the first game. Through a glitch it can be revisited.[1][2]
  • Empire City's national flag was red and white in Infamous Anarchy.[6]
  • Despite being an American city, the city's skyline in the cutscenes contain various notable buildings from Melbourne, Australia (Primarily:101 Collins Street)[7]
  • Empire City is the only map with three islands, as New Marais and Seattle have two islands



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