How Radical created James Heller for Prototype 2

Posted By | On 24th, Feb. 2012

Prototype 2 features a new protagonist called James Heller, and the one you played in the first game, Alex Mercer, is actually in this game as well, and our hero from Prototype 2, is actually seeking revenge for what Mercer did to his family.

Heller has plenty of superpowers as well, and Radical Entertainment, the developers of the sequel told Eurogamer how they designed the character.

“We didn’t seek out to start with an African American protagonist. Maybe it’s because we’re Canadian. Where we live, it’s a melting pot of different races. I’d like to think we’re very colour-blind.

“I wish the entire world was colour-blind. I like to think our studio is, because we have male, female, every race, religion – everything together. We’re just a family,” said Dave Fracchia vice president of technology at Radical.

“We wrote a description of the character. We knew we wanted to set him apart from Mercer. So it went: scientist, military. Thinker, man of action.

“We went from someone with a sleeker build to someone with a more military, strong build. We knew we wanted it to be a father or mother with a child, so loving husband or wife, loving father or mother, and a certain age, because we wanted the child to be a little bit older so they could have interesting conversations on the phone.”

You can read the entire thing over at EG. It’s quite intriguing, and hopefully the game delivers.

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