Infamous (stylized as inFAMOUS) is a video game franchise created by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was developed exclusively for the PlayStation hardware, with games first being developed for the PlayStation 3, and then the PlayStation 4. Aside from video games, the series has been featured in other forms of media such as comics, which were published by DC Comics.
The series is mostly based on the adventures of three main characters, Cole MacGrath, Delsin Rowe, and Abigail Walker. They are Conduits who are given superpowers and must choose their path of destiny, either good or evil.
The Infamous series takes place in present-day United States, featuring realistic and fictional versions of actual cities, such as Empire City, which resembles New York City, and New Marais, which resembles New Orleans. However, the third game takes place in real life Seattle, Washington, and real-life U.S Government agencies such as the FBI, DARPA, and NSA are featured, along with the D.U.P (Department of Unified Protection), which is a fabricated agency.
Each game in the Infamous series consists of an action-adventure, third-person platformer type of gameplay within open world environments. The player controls Cole MacGrath in the first two main games, Infamous and Infamous 2, as well as the spin-off game, Infamous: Festival of Blood. In the third installment, Infamous: Second Son, the player controls Delsin Rowe, and in the latest installment, Infamous: First Light, the player controls a female character, Abigail Walker, commonly referred to as "Fetch."
In each of these games, the main characters freely roam around the city, fighting crime or creating havoc. These three main characters have the advantage of parkour skills to jump and climbing large buildings or structures throughout the environment, as well as their powers or abilities to aid them in combat.
In each game, the characters are given some sort of meter to let players know how much power they have. Cole is given battery cores, which deplete with use of certain powers. Some powers decrease it more quickly than others. Players refill their energy by draining from any electrical source within the environment. Delsin and Abigail are given entirely different meters, but they serve a similar function.
Another major factor in the gameplay and storyline of the series is the karma system. In each game, the player has the option to use the characters' powers for good or evil. Different powers and abilities are available depending on the path the player chooses, as good and evil have their own set of powers. Karma also determines how other people within the environment perceives the character. The characters are also given karma meters, which change depending on their actions.
- Main article: Infamous
The series originally began with Infamous. The player controls Cole MacGrath, and has to decide whether he wants to use his powers for good or for evil. The game uses a Karma system, in which depending on the players actions, the population of Empire City will treat Cole as either a hero or a tyrant.
The story revolves around Cole saving Empire City from three factions that have plagued the city; Reapers, Dust Men, and the First Sons, following a large a large explosion that destroyed several square blocks. Throughout the course of the game, more is revealed about The Blast and Cole's enemies.
- Main article: Infamous 2
Infamous 2 is a game that was released on June 7, 2011. The game once again features Cole and a similar Karma system. The game follows Cole's journey to gain enough power to defeat the Beast, revealed as an antagonist in the ending of Infamous.
Infamous: Festival of Blood
- Main article: Infamous: Festival of Blood
Infamous: Festival of Blood is a downloadable Infamous title, being marketed as a standalone PSN game separate from Infamous 2. It contains an update for Infamous 2 that grants it PS Move capability. This game costs $9.99 ($7.99 with PS Plus) on PSN, and was released on October 25, 2011.
Infamous: Second Son
- Main article: Infamous: Second Son
Infamous: Second Son is the third game in the series, released on March 21, 2014. It takes place seven years after the events of Infamous 2, in Seattle, Washington. This game introduces a brand new protagonist, Delsin Rowe, who must fight off a criminal organization known as the Department of Unified Protection (D.U.P), while also absorbing the powers of other Conduits, now known as "Bio-Terrorists," in order to take down the main antagonist, Brooke Augustine
Infamous: First Light
- Main article: Infamous: First Light
Infamous: First Light is the prequel to Second Son. It takes place in 2014, two years prior to its sequel, following the story of Abigail "Fetch" Walker, who utilizes her Neon powers. Abigail had an accident that involved her powers, and as a result, changed her life. She had been tricked by drug dealer Shane, and ended up incarcerated in Curdun Cay. There, she received training from Brooke Augustine on how to control her powers. Following her prison escape, she ventures out on a hunt for Shane.
Infamous: Precinct Assault
- Main article: Infamous: Precinct Assault
Infamous: Precinct Assault is a spin-off game released prior to the release of Infamous. It is available on the original Infamous game's website, as a 2D platform game.
- Main article: Infamous Anarchy
Infamous Anarchy is a spin-off released on Facebook. The game is a strategic and social game, allowing the player to build his own city, as well as fight other players and collect items and finish jobs.
Infamous: Post Blast
- Main article: Infamous: Post Blast
Infamous: Post Blast is a graphic novel that depicts the events that led up to the events of Infamous. It features John White and Cole MacGrath as main characters. The comic is set in Empire City, directly after The Blast. Four comics of the series has been released, prior to the release of Infamous.
- Main article: Infamous (comics)
Infamous is the second set of comics, consisting of six entries. The comic is set once again in Empire City, directly after the events of Infamous, but before the events of Infamous 2. The comic follows Cole as Moya tries to track him down, as well as a new Conduit, David.
In 2009, it was reported that an Infamous film was in the making, however in 2011, it was announced that, although there had been a script written, the project had been cancelled.
As of April 2012, a page had been created on IMDb for the Infamous movie, stating a release date for October 9, 2013. This date is obviously wrong, as no Infamous movie has been released as of 2014.
Despite rumors circulating that the series would be getting entries within the PlayStation Originals line up alongside Uncharted, The Last of Us, and Sly Cooper in 2015, no word has come from Sony themselves, and after the failing of the Ratchet and Clank film and supposed cancellation of the Sly Cooper film, it's been assumed by many that the Infamous project was cancelled as well.
In January 2017, it was leaked online that Sucker Punch had decided to shelve the Infamous series after the lackluster reception Second Son received, as well as Nate Fox's desire to work on a new intellectual property.
In November 2017, it was revealed Sucker Punch was indeed working on a new intellectual property, Ghost of Tsushima, further proving that the Infamous series has been shelved, despite prior statements that Eric Ladin, the voice and motion capture performer for Cole MacGrath had been called in for a performance.