Insomniac Games: Sunset Overdrive Uses A Completely "New Engine;" Denies Similarity To inFamous

GearNuke: "Sunset Overdrive recently got a whole bunch of press previews, screenshots, and even an 'accidental' video reveal from GameInformer (later removed). With all this new info, there were also some accusations from fans that Sunset Overdrive seemed to be quite similar to inFamous, in term of its various gameplay mechanics. James Stevenson, Community Lead at Insomniac Games, strongly denied these resemblances and explained how their game differentiates from other similar games."

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GarrusVakarian1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

When i saw the gameplay, i thought 'Jet Set Radio meets Crackdown meets Dead Rising'. I guess it looks a *little* like Infamous in terms of some of the movements, but it's not the first game that came to mind when i saw it.


Haha, i'll re-post my comment here, seeing as that article got removed-

"OR...Jet Set Radio had a baby with Crackdown, then that baby grew up and met the offspring from Infamous and Dead Rising...and then THEY had a baby"


XiSasukeUchiha1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

True enough I suppose but It has some Sonic gameplay, Ratchet and clank guns as well, so a cauldron of games together in one game!


As you can see I edited it properly to explain it to


That was some nice sex that had there and made a beautiful baby!

christocolus1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

Uncharted? I think more of infamous. The graphics/texture style is very similar to that of blue dragon and the animation ,gameplay/action remind me of crackdown, dr3,jetset and sonic. Its like a very evolved form of cell shading and its full 3d.

Insomniac has done a very good job with this..its like a mixture of all their best work.

bonabice1351d ago

the look like all insomniac game combine it's awesome. but i am not gonna buy a xbox one for one awesome game

NewMonday1351d ago

it's actually the fact that Insomniac are making the game that is turning me off, Fuse had what seemed to be an awesome trailer but turned out mediocre.

Angels37851351d ago

The first thing I thought was dead rising meets ratchet and clank meets infamous...

Regardless it looks great!

larrysdirtydrawss1351d ago

looks like a retarded baby,thats gonna need disability forever(and textures badly)

AliTheSnake11351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

Looks like I'm the only one that can see rachet and clank similarities, art and weapons wise. Ratchet and Clank x Infamous.
This game looks fun as shit in multiplayer So far.
Wish it was coming to ps4

mikeslemonade1351d ago

I see the ratchet and clank similarities because he has that clever type tool and he hanging on the rails and grinding the rails. First thing I noticed was Infamous type comparisons too.

frenchtoast1350d ago

Denial is an ugly thing. The movement of the character, angle of the camera etc is exactly like inFAMOUS. The style of graphics is closer to Crackdown though.

Angeljuice1350d ago

Visually it reminds me quite heavily of TimeSplitters (not a bad thing in itself). That was my first thought upon seeing it revealed.

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Neonridr1351d ago

I preferred your weird hierarchy of babies and cross-breeding from the other post Lukas, lol.

Blaze9291351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

its ironic the only ones who would compare this to infamous are sony fans since its of course, their game...the same fans who's developer for Sunset Overdrive used to be exclusive to them and is this time, not even touching the platform with this game.

I know, i know, conspiracies!

ger23961351d ago

No conspiracies, they did what any business would do. They're out to make money. Can't blame them for that. I am disappointed they went Xbox exclusive, but oh well. The sun will still rise tomorrow. More power to them.

AceBlazer131351d ago

Didn't see a single person relate the game to inFamous till this article. Go rub one out blaze you sound a bit cranky.

Darkfist1351d ago

thats because you fanboys praise the things you called boring in infamous.

BX811351d ago

@ ace
Not that it matters but this article def isn't the first where people have compared it to infamous. I don't think being compared to infamous is at all bad either.

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aceitman1351d ago

the only thing I wish is they made a new monster that didn't resemble the chimera , I mean the stance and the hunchback the hand are even similar and plz look at the links and u will see how alike they look

GarrusVakarian1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

Yeah, i guess they are pretty similar. Doesn't bother me at all though, it's a cool design.

younglj011351d ago

"OR...Jet Set Radio had a baby with Crackdown, then that baby grew up and met the offspring from Infamous and Dead Rising...and then THEY had a baby"

Pineapple Express?

GarrusVakarian1351d ago

Lol, no, but i do know what scene you're talking about. I've watched that movie so many times...maybe it was subconscious, lol.

ma1asiah1351d ago

I was thinking more Titanfall (with the wall running and zip lining), meets Jet Set Radio meets Cracckdown. I see very little similarity to Infamous.

But hey maybe it is just me. Still dayum this game looks good seriously can't wait to get my hands on it.

malokevi1351d ago

Apart from both being open world and both being graphic powerhouses, I dont see a lot of similarities. If I were Insomniac, I would be doing everything I could to separate myself from Infamous. Not that it's a bad game, but you dont want to fall into that sort of thing. They are looking to make their own game, and really the similarities are few and far between (from what I can tell)

showtimefolks1351d ago

I love insomniac so if this game is good i may have to get an xbox one

showtimefolks1350d ago

Insomniac games own the IP so this may come to other consoles.

We had to partner with the right group that believed in us and the vision of the game, wanted to see that vision came to life, and was ok with us retaining the rights to our creation.

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BallsEye1350d ago

Insomniac stated on twitter that Microsoft holds the rights to sunset overdrive so no it stays exclusive and there is nothing timed about it. As for the game itself With. That engine looks nice! Global illumination everywhere!

Clown_Syndr0me1350d ago

It reminded me of Dead Rising straight away, mixed with the colours and Vibrancy of a Ratchet and Clank.
Im yet to play Infamous so I wouldnt know (starting tonight) and I never played Jet Set Radio either.

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4Sh0w1351d ago

New engine looks great and so what if it is similar to inFamous, some don't think so but either way every game these days is similar to an older game, still great games are great games, similarities never bother me.

Neixus1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

It's not bad that it seems similar to Infamous really.

The similarity probably lies in how he glides on those wires, use cars as jump pads, got a electric amp / sword thingy, etc.
Looks fun, however!

spicelicka1351d ago

I don't understand why they can't just call it sunset overdrive. I think all these comparisons will go away once the game actually comes out, I'm sure infamous was compared to other game before the first one came out.

ArbitorChief1351d ago

I got more a Crackdown, Jet Set Radio and Dead Rising vibe from watching the gameplay, I didn't think it was similar to Infamous at all.

4Sh0w1351d ago

I see just a little infamous myself, but its hard to say because infamous reminds me of plenty other games also, so its understandable why some don't see the similarity.

Check these gifs out:

kewlkat0071351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

Sweet gifs you got there..but damn this just do not look like a Modern Xbox game..

Maybe I'm just so used to shooters with Gears of war colors.....etc Is this really Insomniac?

A fresh breath of air with this game...Xbox needs to release more games like this and bring back some oldies in the game chest.

Jsoc1350d ago

Game looks good so far, it reminds me of a bunch of games a little of Infamous, a little of ratchet & clank, a little of resistance , a little of Bio shock infinite , a little of dead rising ... I could go on ..... Game Developers get inspired by other great games which is not a bad thing IMO. ... I'm glad I always get every system so I will never miss out playing good games. I just hope they don't drop the ball on this game like they did on Fuse....

Palitera1351d ago

Me too. It is just that inFamous is more popular than these games, so it comes first to people's mind.

Now, about the game... OMfreakingG! The game looks even better than before.

Day one, no doubt.

-Foxtrot1351d ago

Wouldn't surprise me if it was inspired by it a little

Spyro The Dragon - Crash Bandicoot

Ratchet and Clank - Jak and Daxter

Resistance - Killzone

gameon19851351d ago

Okay, I see R&C and maybe Jax, but where in the hell do the rest come in at especially Kill Zone.

-Foxtrot1351d ago

Killzone - FPS

2004 - Killzone. 2006 - Resistance

Crash Bandicoot - Third Person Platform Game

1996 - Crash. 1998 - Spyro

This was when they were working at Sony mind you but my point is, when they were working there they did have a thing for creating games similar to other devs around the same time.

OpieWinston1351d ago

You know it takes more than 2 years for each of those original games to be made right?
These games were already in development and may've had an artistic inspiration.

DLConspiracy1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

Most people are comparing it to inFamous because of the jean jacket. At least that's what it seems like. Just because the guy traverses onto walls and wires doesn't mean it's like Titanfall either. People are just venting because they are a little upset about it being an exclusive.

GarrusVakarian1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

Wow, people are really comparing it to Infamous because of a damn denim jacket? Some people are weird....

Sunset Overdrive features cars, buildings and a sky... GTA RIP OFF CONFIRMED!

DLConspiracy1351d ago

Haha. Yeah it's getting pretty ridiculous.

Personally I think James Stevenson should stay out of responding to trolls. Just stick to his guns and release this beast. Still, it's kind of cool to hear a little bit more about the game.

ThanatosDMC1351d ago

No, i got the Infamous vibe with how he skated on the wires and shot what looked like fireworks on to the enemies/car.

Lots of Ratchet though. Looks damn good. Gotta love Insomniac games. Sucks it wont be on the PS4.

InTheLab1351d ago

But it's not just the jacket tho..

The weapons are what separates the two games but the amps really make the game look like inFamous.

memots1350d ago (Edited 1350d ago )

The game even has 30fps another thing they ripped-off from inFamous, let see if this gets trolled as much because of it...


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gameon19851351d ago

Well I'm not going to lie, when I first watched the first few second of vid I really did think I was watching infamous Second son. like you said that jacket, but also the red hair. How ever it looks like it my be a tad bit more fun then infamous.

spicelicka1351d ago (Edited 1351d ago )

Yea you're right, i think people subconsciously are thinking of infamous because of the jean jacket, grinding, and that crazy light gun, it's just visual cues and the fact that infamous justt came out.