How do you like your PS4 exclusives? Apparently you like them with more neon than a global rave and as many flames as Hades’ boudoir. That is, to say, those on the lookout for a fantastic PS4 exclusive have taken to inFamous: Second Son in their (hundreds of) thousands, with the Delsin Rowe led and Sucker Punch developed title doing well in both sales and in critical reception, despite being hindered with a release date delay along with concerns that it wouldn’t be able to shine through amongst other PS4 exclusives Killzone: Shadow Fall and Driveclub (the irony in this keeps me bitter). Now that the game’s out, you lot apparently love it and with the newly released sales figure, it seems that the momentum of inFamous: Second Son is unlikely to slow down soon.
The inFamous: Second Son sales figure comes from SCE Australia (Sony Computer Entertainment Australia) who announced that within 9 days of the game’s Western release date, it managed to garner a whopping 1 million sales, making the Delsin fronted title the fasted selling inFamous title in franchise history.
That figure is even more impressive once you consider that approximately 6 million PS4s have been sold since the console’s launch in November so it works out that 1 in 6 PS4 owners have bought a copy of inFamous: Second Son. And, when you keep in mind that the game hasn’t even been released in Japan yet (inFamous: Second Son release there in May) where the PS4 is leading the next-gen console race like an F1 car versus a Ford Fiesta, those sales of the game are only set to increase further.
The ‘Unlikely’ Success of inFamous: Second Son
What’s also key to note is that inFamous: Second Son is almost a complete detour from what inFamous 1 and 2 established, doing away with shaven haired character Cole’s electric powers and a personality blander than a baked, cardboard potato chip in favour of being able to absorb powers with a protagonist who is both engaging and also just happens to be Native American.
Even in pre-release interviews, Sucker Punch spoke about Delsin’s background and having played quite a bit of the game myself, the fact that he is Native American is unmistakeable, given that the entire plot of the game is based on him trying to defend his tribe. But it’s clearly not off-putting if the game is selling so well and it’s pretty flipping obvious that gamers aren’t fussed if a game gives you a diverse playable character as long the dev team behind the game a) makes it a great title b) doesn’t use said character’s diversity as a token and c) embraces it wholeheartedly.
Admittedly, the last time we saw a Native protagonist was with Connor Kenway, his game (Assassin’s Creed 3) was a bit pants if we’re being honest and it didn’t really live up to any of the hypes that we had for it (though it did have some strong points) so Delsin really makes a better case for characters of colour at the helm of games than almost anyone else. So will we more from him? Hopefully so as Native characters are criminally underrepresented (though video game characters of colour are underrepresented in general) or just whitewashed, which is awful, so if we get a chance to see Delsin in inFamous: Second Son 2, I’d expect that to be the next fastest selling game in Sucker Punch’s franchise.
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