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Infamous Second Son

Dissecting Delsin: A Profile On Sucker Punch’s New Protagonist

After the events of Infamous 2, the series needs a new hero. Learn all about Second Son’s protagonist.

Earlier, we explained the events that took place between Infamous 2 and Infamous Second Son, but since Infamous 2 left the series without a main protagonist, developer Sucker Punch had to go back to the drawing board and create a new hero for the third entry in the series.

The studio came up with Delsin Rowe, a 24 year-old Native American male who is struggling to find his place in the world as he deals with his newfound superpowers. At the beginning of the game, Delsin doesn’t even know he has superpowers, but after saving a man from a wreck, Delsin discovers that he has absorbed the man’s smoke-based Conduit powers.

But who is Delsin, and what makes him tick? Before you spend an entire game with him, here are six meaty facts that will help you understand Second Son’s protagonist better.

  1. Delsin’s power is the best power – During Second Son’s announcement trailer, Delsin was seen using all kinds of smoke powers, leading many to assume that his powers would be smoke- or fire-based. However, Delsin’s power is actually the ability to absorb other Conduits' powers. Sucker Punch wouldn’t elaborate any further on what other kinds of powers Delsin might absorb throughout his journey, but it stands to reason that Delsin will acquire a whole suite of new powers, which could range anywhere from ice-based blasts to electric attacks. Delsin’s power is like wishing for more wishes; it’s almost cheating.
  2. He is full of reckless abandon – During development the team asked themselves, “What if Johnny Knoxville had powers? What would he do with it?” Delsin is not a skilled urban climber; his motions aren’t the fluid movements of a trained gymnast. This doesn't mean that Delsin won't be climbing all over the environment – he will – but he wasn't trained in that area. Delsin takes everything one step at a time. “He is completely getting off on his powers,” says animation director Billy Harper. “He says, ‘I don’t know how to jump off this cliff and I don’t know what will happen when I get there, but I’m just going to do it and see what happens when I get there.’”
  3. He’s a street artist – Sucker Punch looked at street artists like Banksy for inspiration while creating Delsin. The studio loves that deftly drawn yet cheeky form of free expression that says something about society all while working in the middle of the night when no one is looking. That is the kind of guy Delsin aspires to be. Could this also mean that Delsin will spend part of the game tagging the walls of Seattle? Sucker Punch wouldn’t say, but it would make sense.
  4. He wears a hat – Delsin’s beanie was based off a real hat worn by animation director Billy Harper. “We wanted Delsin to be a more artistically inspired type of guy,” says Harper. “We were all sitting around in a room and talking and realized that four out of six of us were wearing these hats.”
  5. He is the representation of freedom – If the DUP represents security, and ultimately oppression, then Delsin represents freedom. A lot of people do things because they’re scared; Delsin is the opposite. He’s the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to make decisions or do what he wants. Delsin is unwilling to tow the party line, and always willing to speak his mind even if that means sticking his foot in his mouth.
  6. You will influence him – “This is an Infamous game; you will make choices all along the way,” says game director Nate Fox. “That plays out in how people react to you and how the story ultimately concludes.” Sucker Punch didn’t go into any further detail about what those choices might be, or if Second Son’s choice system would reflect the morality systems from previous Infamous games, but the studio did assure us that the choices players make will give them a sense of ownership over who Delsin is.

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  • I will be buying a PS4 for this and Kingdom Hearts!
  • OP character is OP, fun to play regardless.
  • Reading this makes me all the more excited to see how this all turns out. Alas, I can't say that the PS4 is necessarily launch-day material for me, but I do want this game whenever I do get one. Hope we see a few old faces back from Infamous too.
  • #7 He likes Sly Cooper, and shows it by wearing a Sly button.
  • I'm curious about a few things here- are they going to show dynamics based around other characters as well, or is it mostly just Delsin? I was thinking about the wording of the line "If the DUP represents security, and ultimately oppression, then Delsin represents freedom." Wouldn't that also mean that Delsin ultimately represents chaos? After all, I remember one of the developers saying that they want Delsin to be a lot like the player, and all of their play testers were interested in 1 thing- mayhem. And since this is going to be reflected in Delsin... that won't be a particularly good thing. So, in a way, Delsin basically PROVES the necessity of the DUP. Not all writers choose to elaborate on the motives of antagonists, but the best writers do. I hope we see more of the DUP, but not strictly in a bad guy light. On an off hand note, Delsin is a rather silly name... I was wondering why they'd give their protagonist such a silly name. Was it because he had smoke powers? I guess smoke makes people cough... and a good medicine for coughing is Delsym... was that the reason why?? Or is Delsin a Native American name?
  • I feel like me and this guy would be bff's. :P I can't wait to check this out.
  • I want air combos, parries and wall jumps though!
  • Delsin seems like he'd be more fun to play as rather than Zeke.
  • I would actually pay to see a "super-powered Johnny Knoxville" game.
  • Does anyone see the HEROES Tv show references to Deslin's power?
  • I feel like, unlike Cole, this kid would make sense going down a dark path. Power without responsibility forms interesting villains, and that's how I'll play him if I can.
  • Well I guess it is cool he can absorb other conduits powers but isn't that a bit overused and overly powered? I would of preferred they just used the smoke power but oh well. In any case I still can't wait for the game. Then again they can probably make it so it isn't to overly powerful.
  • The best power is indeed absorbing other powers. Just make sure not to die before getting at least one power. Make sure you know what not to jump at if you can't handle it. Anyways, I hope there's tons of awesome powers. I'm sure there will be, but I want to have some fun with a lot of the powers. I'm sure it will be that way though.
  • So, he's Syler from Heroes?
  • HAT FTW!!!
  • PS4 must be mine! If only for this game, lol.
  • As long as I can cause terror throughout the city and strike fear in the hearts of denizens, I'm happy. I'll make the DUP the most popular organization to ever grace the planet! MWAHAHAHAHA! Evil, here I come.
  • This is one of my most anticipated upcoming titles, followed by Watch Dogs
  • ...and he better smoke.
  • I thought smoke was a cool power, but now he's just Rouge from X-Men.
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