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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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Comments
  • i loved the infamous games, but something about this character bugs me a little. not the information about his character, perhaps just the smug expression?

    i guess i miss cole mcgrath. though i understand how the last game finished wouldn't really lend itself to him coming back.

  • Jet Set Infamous

  • Does this mean I have to get a Playstation 4
  • So he's pretty much like Peter Petrelli from Heroes?
  • Very nice.

  • Delsin Rowe, a 24 year-old Native American male

    that right there makes me proud of being native american :)

  • Sucker Punch, just take my money already!!!

  • So are native Americans becoming a big thing, now? First Assassin's Creed and now this. Not that I have a problem with it.
  • He sounded a heck of a lot like Troy Baker(Booker Dewitt/Joel from The Last of Us) in the trailer. Another reason to get hyped!

  • I'm throwing money at my screen but nothing is happening!
  • Too many good next gen games are coming out, it's going to destroy my wallet... I've got this, watchdogs, the evil within, and thief to buy now.

  • Is it just me or does the hat make him look like an extreme ******

  • he has a beanie? oh this has GOTY written all over it

  • PS4 + Assassin's Creed Black Flag + Infamous Second Son = Best Life EVER!! D= I can't wait for the console and the games to come out, and even thought I might not be one of the first to have them, I'll still be happy once I get them. =)
  • I *** a little when I heard he could absorb powers lol. But after a moment, unless there's lots of different types of powers and it branches on... it might just sound better than it plays. The buttons (controls) would put limitations on the game anyway.

  • The more I hear about this, the more my anticipation builds. I feel like I'm in high school coming on the field, or stepping off the Chinook in Iraq, for a second time. Still, this game, and many others, are shaping up to be a good start for the next-gen console era.

  • Much better than Cole

  • I wonder if his Native heritage will play a role...? I've got a lot of Natives where I live (Southwest Colorado), ad I hope that if it does, they handle it with respect for the different culture, instead of with, "OMG They woRship naturE! HOw stooPid!"
  • One, he's Native American? Well good for them for picking someone other than the typical white male but um... he kinda still looks like your typical white male. Second, he can absorb powers? I was excited when I heard he had smoke based powers but I'm not so excited now that I know he's an X-men rip off(Rogue to be specific). And I keep seeing all these Heroes references but did people forget that X-men is much older than that show? I mean for goodness sake how long are people gonna steal Marvel's work and try to pass it off as their own? Anyways I hope my impressions are wrong cause I hate to let his, in my opinion, bad choice in power keep me from playing a good game but for now this is not on my preorder list.