‘The magnitude of the response and what people are doing with it has blown us away.’
The Photo Mode was added to inFamous: Second Son relatively recently; in fact, it was added to the game post launch, after the developers Sucker Punch saw some of the screenshots people were already sharing of the game (using the PS4’s built in screenshot utility), and decided to make it easier to share images. However, on the PlayStation Blog, Sucker Punch admitted that they had been completely taken aback by the mode’s popularity, and by how some people have used it- especially as it had been exceptionally easy for them to actually add it to the game.
“The real labor behind this feature went into the construction of the game world and characters, and the engine that supports them,” Sucker Punch said. “So, a feature for taking photos? A few days. Game full of stuff worth taking photos of? Hundreds of person-years!”
“We know that people love to share photos; we know pausing the clock and looking at the FX in-flight is mesmerising; we know the game has an insane level of detail,” they continued. “But the magnitude of the response and what people are doing with it has blown us away. I heard a story today that some Sony execs now have fan-made shots from Second Son as their phone backgrounds. Amazing.”
inFamous: Second Son is the third entry in Sucker Punch’s action adventure series that began on the PS3, and their most successful one yet, having hit the 1 million units sold mark faster than any of the other two games.