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 for more details! And be sure to watch the video above to whet your appetite…

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  • Sucker Punch, have i told you i love you recently? Because i do ;)

    This looks genuinely awesome. Can’t wait to see what it’s like. Was a bit cautious upon first hearing about it, but you’ve convinced me it’s going to be awesome. Not that i ever doubted you, of course :D

  • Hey,

    This sounds great! Looking forward to it. :)
    I’ll pre-order the Hero Edition as soon as I can find it, or as soon as we get to know where… (hint hint ;))

    inFAMOUS 2 is going to be a massive game, can’t wait. :)


  • please please DON’T let there be any trophies such as your level played xx times by xx people, your level is rated 10th of the day, levels were hearted by xx people, play xxx community level, etc etc

  • This is amazing, taking SANDBOX to the next level!
    I love this idea so much! Now i can put some more skill into my powers.

  • Limited Open Beta, eh… So Playstation Plus? If you don’t reply, I’ll have to take it as a yes and have the sweetest dreams tonight.

  • Very cool idea. Sucker Punch have obviously been watching the success of LBP’s user created content and taken a leaf out of that book.

    Hope PS+ gets the beta access.

  • Could this game get any better?
    Darnnn day 1 hero edition purchase for me :)
    Thank you sucker punch we ( me and my 8 yr bro who loves his sly collection) LOVE YOU

  • AweSome. Also, how many missions will there be just from the main game? And will you be allowed to make small cutscenes etc?

    Agree on psn+ beta.

  • Just one question: Hero Edition – Germany – Where?

  • Awesome would never have thought this was the secret but it’s even better then i would have imagine!!!

  • Awesome
    All we need is a heart system and we have Little Big Cole!

    Looks great. Will keep the game going for longer and there is never anything wrong with that.
    Just keep the trophies away from it. If you make us do it for a trophy, we will end up bombarded with pants missions that were just put together so someone could get the trophy!

  • Totally agree with LAClennell – no stupid trophies please.

  • Yeah… Yep this game is going to be my favourite sandbox game ever!The biggest complaint I had with the original inFAMOUS was the lack of side missions and variety in them. Now I can put my money where my mouth is and actually add the variety, lol. Seriously awesome job SP, and for keeping this a secret for so long you guys all deserve a choc-chip cookie and pat on the back.

  • Hmm I never got to play I1 but i think i have to now with DS2 end of this month what cool about that feature is there more of it in other games LBP1 & 2 & MNR now this, is this gonna be the norm.

    as for limited open beta it was vague on that i believe it‘s limited to plus menbers too we draw lots again, that is so not cool. :(

  • I know this is completely of topic but when are you guys gonna update the PS3 internet browser. Youtube search button does not work and Facebook is practically useless nothing shows on the pages except for my profile pic and photos. I dnt have a PC of my own so use the PS3 browser alot. please update ASAP Sony!!!!!

  • Perfect!!! I afraid for another multiplayer mode,this is much better create levels like LBP this is crazy. Hero Edition day 1 :)

  • That’s you know, like, cool.:)

  • Extremely cool idea! However can you create your own complete stories?

    Like in LBP2 where you can connect several levels together. It would be cool to add tens of levels together, which unlocks after you’ve completed a pre-set level, creating a separate story.

  • Awesome news!

    However… wouldn’t it be great if we could play these custom missions (like survival and escort) with some friends online? ;-)

  • But this link:
    Says no network play

    What is it?
    – Multiplayer?
    – Co-op?
    – Multiplayer related trophies?
    – Play user created (downloaded over PSN) missions in single player?

    And off-topic:
    I Agree with shortfuse14 / #17 we really need a new web browser.

  • Don’t do trophies related to this mode like the LBP ones.
    – Your Mission was played 50 times –
    – Rate 30 Missions –

    A Leaderboard with missions tried/beated would be interesting for reward the player.

  • Great idea. I cannot wait for this game. I’m gonna be wanting to have that beta.

  • thats a rly good idea. big potential. cant wait

  • Now, all we need is a European launch date!!

    Please, give us the date! I need to coordinate the date with birthdays, vacation, exams and reading for exams!

    Sounds like great ideas too.

  • Great idea!

    Media Molecule with Little Big Planet opened the Pandora’s box now I hope other developers can create tools like this.

  • Though I dislike the new voice/look of Cole this is a must buy!! Awesome just AWESOME :D

  • It’s LBP with attitude. I’m 40 years old and overly excited by this game!

  • WOW! ! ! The PS3 ‘is’ the best games console out there! ! ! :P
    Excellent stuff;)

  • cool idea. hope the world will not be too crowded with the mission tags. loved the first infamous and looking forward to little big new marais! neat. but as been mentioned before – be careful with the trophies related to that feature. go go sucker punchies

  • HOLY CRAP. Just like that… GOTY for me. inFamous was my most played game (until Mass Effect 2) but inFamous 2 to feature user-generated content? I didn’t think I’d see that ever. Sucker Punch, you rock.

  • Ignore those that nix UGC trophies. They just want an easy platinum, like the last game was. Lump them in. Give the trophy ho’s something to actually EARN, rather than a set they get merely for completing mandatory levels.

  • This is beyond awesome. What a fantastic surprise.

  • Depending on how/if these missions can rank the participating players in a highscore list, this feature could be very useful for events and contests. I already managed to arrange a sort of parcour-style online contest in the first inFamous although it didn’t have online support so if anything I’ll make more of those in the sequel. =D

  • That trailer is too good to not be given significant television airtime.

  • Never liked infamous 1, because Prototype was released same year or month (can’t remember) and I liked Prototype more, but this year if I like the beta then I’ll defo buy Infamous 2.

    Looks promising fun

  • Awwweesome, can’t wait to play! :D

  • Is there an option to hide UGC missions? I’d like my first play through to be free of the endless sea of mission markers that will undoubtedly come from this, and was hinted at at the end of that trailer. I’d just like to keep the immersion for my first play. After that however, I will dive right into this because it’s an absolutely amazing idea.

  • I actually thought about this before, and I even have some suggestions.

    How about incorporating some sort of text balloons like there are in the comics so we can create conversations between characters to deliver our little story telling.
    Better yet, you could provide some sort of screenshots creator so we could put the characters in a setting with special effects and poses, text ballons and create cutscenes made of screenshots.

  • and their first party devs just keep adding more awesome stuff in their games.. now that we get multiplayer and co op on top of the singleplayer experience, they just keep adding more good stuff that adds to the replay value, all for the same price.. its good to be a ps gamer..

  • WOW……..
    Mind = BLOWNx19024790427

    This is incredible, what a brilliant idea, this game just gets better and better.

  • Cant wait for the game!!!!!!!!!!

    but when is it released in the eu?

  • Sounds great!!!!

    But I agree with post #3 about possible level creation trophies, please don’t implement voter / rating targets for level creations, level creation is fun but I prefer to play other users content.

  • Is the beta competition open to Abu Dhabi residents, if so, how do I sign up??
    I already registered on the site but it said it was open only to US residents, but on the Sucker Punch Site it said that PAL users had to sign up a different way.
    Please fill me in thank you.

  • thank you sucker punch your the best

  • a cole vs cole could be nice you can call it power mash or whatever ,by the way love ya treyarch that rocks but i wonder is there a special playstation plus signup for the beta or the normal infamous 2 ugc beta that you sign no prob i have signed but wanna know by the way iam not a US resident but i have picked english for languange and signed up hope that wont change something will it i mean i will be able to get the beta right cause its working i signed

  • sry i meant sucker punch thnx sucker punch really sry messed up call of duty with infamous 2

  • another cool mission could be a mission that you turn back time and be kessler trying to make cole better but it will not work cause yu cant shape such thing in infamous2 well if you can it will be cool but i have a question why dont you guys fix a neutral karma or new electricity like a white to light yellow electricity like kessler and have it on hero mode

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