Why Is Sucker Punch Being So Secretive About PS4 Exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son?

Push Square: "The build-up to inFAMOUS: Second Son has been a subject of much discussion here at Push Square towers over the past few months. It’s clear that Sony as a whole has changed its approach to product launches, opting to announce titles much later and show much less of them. However, the firm’s been particularly secretive when it comes to Sucker Punch’s upcoming superhero exclusive, prompting us to ponder why. Fortunately, we were able to put that question directly to brand development director Ken Schramm earlier this week, and he assured us that it’s all intentional."

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GarrusVakarian1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

" with inFAMOUS 2 we pretty much said, 'Here's the game' – and there were no real surprises left as a result. "

Exactly. If there's one mistake i made last gen, it was seeing too much of a game before i bought it, i would see so much sometimes that it didn't feel surprising or new when i finally played it for myself.

I'm glad SP isn't showing too much, especially when it comes to powers. It shows they care about their game and care about people experiencing it first hand. I wish more companies would do this...of course there's always the option of simply not looking at gameplay/previews/screenshots, but that can be pretty hard to resist :p

UnHoly_One1625d ago

Agreed. I have been avoiding more and more previews in recent years.

Once I know I'm buying a game, (which in this case was when they said the word "inFAMOUS" lol), I avoid most everything about it.

A side bonus of this approach is that it makes the waiting easier because you aren't constantly teasing yourself with videos of stuff you can't play yet.

thorstein1625d ago

True this. Overhyping a game can actually ruin the experience. I was obsessed with Uncharted 2 and then when it came out I was surprised at how awesome it really was. But I realized that I could have ruined the experience because I was hyping it up so much for myself.

I'm not sure why this article claims that they are being secretive though. There are tons of articles about this game and there are two weeks until launch.

GUYwhoPLAYSvideoGAME1625d ago

i sincerely wish i had your level of discipline

IRetrouk1625d ago

Too true, I ruined so many games last gen because of information overload, so far I have been avoiding too many infamous articles simply because im excited for it and really want this game to wow me, im glad that sp have been able to keep a tight lid on things and happy that they have come to this conclusion about not giving to much away.

Bigpappy1625d ago

Agreed. If the game is about attaining powers, why would they want to show them all before release?

Visiblemarc1625d ago

Yeah, a good policy is to severely restrict how much preview stuff you watch of games you already know you're going to buy. Keeps more surprises in tact.

Generally, the less I'm sure about a game, the more I'll let myself watch, right up until I get convinced to go for it, then stop immediately.

IRetrouk1625d ago

Good way of doing things but me and self control have a rocky relationship lol, I find it hard not to look sometimes, just cant help it, so the fact that the developers will only show you so much is a good sign.

AndrewLB1624d ago

Avoiding much of the preview stuff also lessens the amount of disappointment when a dumbed down version of a game is released *cough* watch dogs *cough*

ramiuk11625d ago

i agree with them but only as i trust the developer.
with many i wouldnt trust this approach as they always bullshit gamers.

god of war

are all games i watched as little as possible on as i knew i would enjhoy them and wanted suprises and it paid off.

gaming has got like films,all best bits shown off and once u watch/play the only new bits are the filler sections

whyisthehorsestaring1624d ago

I remember i watched a lot of YouTube walkthroughs of uncharted 2 and god of war 3, they convinced me to get a ps3.

badz1491625d ago

as a huge fan of the series, I know what I'm getting into and so far, I have only let myself watch that 1 gameplay video and nothing more! I avoid all previews and stuff and possibly all articles regarding the game as I don't want to spoil it for myself! so far, I've been doing this for most of the game I'm going to buy regardless of anything, and it's awesome once I experience the game for the 1st time!

karl1625d ago

if uve seen the neon trailer.. then they just keep showing those scenes and power and parts of the city .. just more of it..

like the complete cutscene of the fragment that was in the trailer...

its cool the way they are doing this..

i cant wait

badz1491625d ago

I only watched the Neon power from the gif file. posted on here several times. I resisted that one too. the one that I watched was the one where Delsin go through the scanner and start fighting and ended with a huge stomp.

karl1624d ago

ok, then u would be spoiled by the neon trailer..

keep hanging on buddy, we are very close to release now

badz1491623d ago

I know, right? Having all things online now is ruining the surprise for many games. I remember when E3 was all about announcements but now, gamers are whining because they knew what would be announced due to leaks. Games are the same too. Can't wait for Second Son

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Pogmathoin1625d ago

Just like movies Lukas.... Best to avoid all the hype, or stick to a source you trust for news, Game Informer maybe....but do not get too much into it.... It will spoil the game.....

3-4-51625d ago

True. Back in the early 90's, you just heard via word of mouth that it was an awesome game, or you played it over your friends house, or happened to catch an awesomely lame Nintendo commercial or something.

There was no internet to dissect every little scrap of info about every game.

There was a lot of "blind buying" and hoping it would be good.

* Also another thing nobody mentions. Game Genie helped revive all those games that were too hard.

Back to topic - I have a feeling that parts of this game aren't that "amazing" and so those parts are only going to be close to "amazing" if you experience them for yourself, the first time, while playing, not while watching a video.

ColonelRex1625d ago


And to add to the that fact. Most games back then, sold off of title and box art alone.

SaturdayNightBeaver1625d ago

There were some game-mags you could read also.

morganfell1625d ago

Agreed. How many times have we gone to the movies and seen a trailer and said, "Oh well. I don't have to see that movie now."

As for gaming, look what happened with Haze. The Developers told the public in a video, "There is a really cool twist in the game. Halfway through you change sides! How is that for a surprise!"


No, as long as they can demonstrate the technical prowess of the title and provide just enough detail to entice, and SP certainly have, then I am fine with, and prefer their approach.

creeping judas1625d ago

How many times have you watched a trailer, and said "my god that movies looks awesome!". And then you go see the movie, and the best part of the movie were in the trailer? I hate that.

Monolith1625d ago

haze had potential. just wasnt realized and completed. the multiplayer and split screen was great.

JunoDivided1625d ago

I agree the main reason I am so hyped about this games is the powers that they haven't showed.

calis1625d ago

"Exactly. If there's one mistake i made last gen, it was seeing too much of a game before i bought it, i would see so much sometimes that it didn't feel surprising or new when i finally played it for myself. "

YES. I was in awe of God of War 3 with the Posiedon fight but I knew what it was about because I saw it all happen on a segment of GTTV dedicated to God of War 3.
It was still awesome but I would have been mindblown if I didn't know about it.

TheRedButterfly1625d ago

I made that mistake with Skyrim. Looked up anything and everything regarding the latest TES installment, and by the time it came out? I wasn't surprised by any of the flashy and revolutionary implementations… :/ Learned that lesson.

SaturdayNightBeaver1625d ago

Sometimes , here on N4G and others like IGN , there are headlines containing spoilers that are basically blown in to your face as soon as you open the page... For me that's worse thing. Articles need some spoiler tags as well.

ZombieKiller1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

Thank god they aren't showing much! I am tired of too much game being shown before the release date. I'd like to experience these games for myself yet sometimes I need a healthy preview before I buy so it's almost a necessary evil of sorts...

@Lucas: Option? I don't have an option when it comes to certain games....or was it self control? Either way, I can't help but look with certain games so this is appreciated!

PudgeySan1625d ago

They are being secretive to give people with other consoles something to bitch about.. or hard at work working on the game and not on n4g worrying about every little nit pick detail it can pick at.

showtimefolks1624d ago

i for one am very glad they are not showing too much, now a days publishers show way too much. Watch dogs from UBI got gameplay show videos almost every week when it was suppose to launch with new consoles

so this is good, we get to discover for our self

victorMaje1624d ago

Exactly right!
Last Gen started showing so much before the games released, which would eventually lead to a lesser experience once you get to play it...Ended up going into "blackout" mode on a particular game I was interested in until its release.

andrewsqual1624d ago

Because releasing a 1080p direct feed ingame engine trailer over a year ago suggests secrecy and trying to hide something??? I think articles that make absolutely no sense are more of an issue these days.

adorie1624d ago

Well said. I think games made a bigger impact on me when I was younger, because I went into most games blind... say.. how is that for a revelation?

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Irishguy951625d ago

Yeah i'm really hoping alot is being kept under wraps for the sake of surprises. So many devs reveal too much in trailers

core_51625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

because do the marketing for this and posted every detail of the game ahead of the launch.

GarrusVakarian1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

Which is completely optional, they don't force you to click the article and/or read the details, lol.

Great off topic comment there, really adds to the discussion..../s

Dravidian1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

Partially true. People reflexively read things. When browsing N4G I'm reading titles to see what interest me. Many titles give a bunch of info(in many cases enough to be spoiled/overloaded), while the actual article expounds upon that info. Not reading details in these cases pretty much requires one to be illiterate.

Even if someone uses article filters, forums (even ones that dont involve the game you're trying to keep unspoiled) are ripe with spoilers from people who cant stay on topic or are just trolls. Avoiding information is difficult because you just dont know when or where it will pop up.

Lets not even get into game store commercials and ads...

halocursed1625d ago

I hope we get to drive cars.

IRetrouk1625d ago

As much as it would be a nice little extra, the cars would become less useful the more your powers grow, same thing happened with saints row, the powers became so much that the cars were no good anymore, I dont really think driving cars fit in with these types of games, this could apply to crackdown and prototype too.

SilentNegotiator1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

Vehicles had a lot of fun and practical applications in Crackdown, even after you got fully upgraded speed.

GribbleGrunger1625d ago

Yeah, just think of how much faster Superman could get around if he could drive ...

SilentNegotiator1625d ago

A lot of people felt this way before the first game released, but we now know that it's completely unnecessary; they made it easy to get around fast.

gobluesamg1625d ago

I think we have enough games that we can drive cars in already.

Rainstorm811624d ago

I always drove cars in Lego Marvel /s

What hero with powers wants to drive? It was odd onthe new Thor movie when he rode in a car

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SteamPowered1625d ago

There are 2 reasons for this; Either the game is so incredible that they have to prepare us mere mortals for its excellence, OR its so terrible due to controls or load times that it will be the turd of 2014.
Ubisoft and EA have run this play many times.

GarrusVakarian1625d ago

Load times are great from what i saw on the preview and ive seen multiple people say the controls are very tight and responsive, like the old games :D. So it must be the former :)

IRetrouk1625d ago

Well in my eyes they cant really go wrong, the first two games were amazing to me and I doubt that they could make it worse than the first two, to me sp have proven themselfs twice last gen the I have no need to worry. :-)

OrangePowerz1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

You can't see controls or load times in trailers. It's all about them not releasing much information on story and so on.

Edit below: But thats not what the article is about, it's about them not releasing much story and gameplay information like it keeping it a secret what the other powers are. There are plenty of non story videos that just show normal gameplay.

markyboy21811625d ago

eeerrr yes u can on the live gameplay it..ll show the loading screen for a few seconds