Early Designs Of PS3 Exclusive Infamous Included Motorcycle Parkour

Early Designs Of PS3 Exclusive Infamous Included Motorcycle Parkour

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Infamous, the PS3 superhero game starring electrically charged Cole MacGrath. In honour of this anniversary, developers Sucker Punch have revealed new information about the early versions of the game. It turns out, Infamous was very different in those early days. For example, Cole could do motorcycle parkour and rebuild neighbourhoods.

The motorcycle parkour information is maybe the most bizarre. It feels very out of place compared to the final game. Of course, back when this was still a feature in the game, it most likely made more sense. Either way, I can’t help but watch the short clip Sucker Punch released of the motorcycle flipping and hopping around and think “I’d play that.”

This information came from a Twitter thread all about the early design ideas for the game came which was posted by the official Sucker Punch Twitter account earlier today. It included video footage and images showcasing other interesting early ideas.

Originally the game was called “True Hero before they settled on Infamous

Another early version of the game allowed players to switch out their clothing between a classic superhero costume and civilian clothes. This would be done in a phone booth, of course.

Weirdly, players would also be able to help rebuild and customise buildings throughout the city to help make citizens happier. I guess that’s one way to be a superhero?

Also, to be clear none of this content is “cut content.” That would imply they cut it from the final game. This is instead early ideas, prototypes, and plans that never fully got finished or were discarded as the game evolved during development.

The entire thread is filled with some other interesting tidbits about the game and its early days. It’s also a wonderful look into how much games change from the beginning of a project compared to the final build we get to play.

And who knows, maybe one day we will get to play that Sucker Punch motorcycle game?


  • Maybe one day there will be an inFamous 4…

    I want a game where Delsin has been pushed too far, absorbed too many metas and been corrupted. Cole comes back from the dead somehow, and has to go on a quest to take him down and free the world from him. It seemed like Delsin was developing almost vampiric tendencies in terms of wanting more and more powers, so with the death of his brother and those around him, it would not be hard to envisage him flipping out…

    Just bring back Cole!

      • I KNOW I read somewhere once that was the original idea for Delsin, that you’d play as him, get to know him, then in future games, you’d understand completely why he’d go down a darker path.

        I really, really want more inFamous 🙁

    • Depends if they continue to use players actions as the decider for the lore I guess.

      By all accounts they expected players to choose the bad ending for Cole in the second game, bringing him full circle to align him with the story from the first but most people chose good and they decided to stick with it and keep him dead.
      (Which I call bulllshit on since the good ending pulled the oldest movie trope ever at the last second anyway)
      Second Son went the same way but I definetly got the impression they tried even harder to make players chose the bad ending for Delsin too.

      I would argue Cole still has more reason to turn, until we made him pull a Jesus (or maybe more of a reason because of that) but either way I too would love some more Infamous, preferably somebody with a single power set that gets fleshed out rather than reskinned.
      Would love to get some more Cole too, even if it’s just an inevitable future angle.
      He’s still been the best villain the series has had so far, maybe that reason could be Delsin since they’ve been so keen on making a hero turn

  • Two of my favourite games from the PS3 era. Interesting to see what the game could’ve been in the early stages, more about being an actual super hero instead, but I’m glad it ended up being the game it was.

    As a sidenote, I remember the huge uproar when they tried to change how Cole looked for inFAMOUS 2. Glad they changed him back.

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