inFAMOUS 2 main character redesigned due to fan feedback

It seems that inFAMOUS fans didn’t like Cole MacGrath’s new look in the recently released gameplay trailer and E3 screenshots promoting inFAMOUS 2. Speaking at Comic-Con panel, developer Sucker Punch Productions announced that they will be redesigning the main character due to feedback they’ve received from fans.

Above: Cole MacGrath from the recent gameplay trailer for inFAMOUS 2 (left). MacGrath from the box art for the original inFAMOUS (right)

According to IGN, the new Cole is described as “more like the person we played as in the original Infamous and less like the man who was in all those E3 screens and videos.”

Above: The latest gameplay trailer for inFAMOUS 2 shows Cole free running and gliding in a chase scene

Source: IGN via CVG

July 23, 2010




  • Seb16 - April 3, 2014 2:12 a.m.

    When I watched the E3 gameplay video I thought he kinda looked like a badass with that head of hair I thought it was a dlc they should probably do that that would be awesome because I've finished both games and I have completed every thing and it's gotten a bit boring a new character being added would be awesome give the game something new and the players interested in it playing as someone else.
  • anosretto - January 8, 2011 2:28 a.m.

    they should have DEFINITELY kept the old cole. the new one looks wack as hell. with HAIR haha. the old cole was raw nastiness. in a good way. after playing the first one i cannot picture cole as another way or with another voice as the first one. its like what the hell this new character isnt even cole macGrath this is some bull. and i dunno if i like that new weapon thing either. kinda wack. the normal power is much better. but the enemies and gameplay looked much smoother and a lot better than fighting reapers and dust men that just go back and fourth and hide behind cars and stuff. that was funn and all, dont get me wrong i loved how the first game was played. but the new atmosphere in this game looks better. just kinda ruined with a completely different cole.
  • Jackelsburg - July 25, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    i never really cared that the character design changed
  • Samael - July 24, 2010 4:32 a.m.

    Good. It was way too drastic of a redesign. It screamed douchey Nathan Drake. That being said, improving the gameplay should be their main task and concern.
  • theemporer - July 24, 2010 4:20 a.m.

    Wouldn't his clothes and hair catch on fire?
  • BluesyFish - July 24, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    its one thing to say you like the old design better, but continuity problems? people can grow hair and change clothes. changing the voice actor was dumb, as much as i hate super gruff voices.
  • SumthingStupid - July 23, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    i liked how he was before, he just looks like nathan drake, he doesn't even look similar too the first game
  • SillyPigeon - July 23, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    This pleases me. I deliberately avoided the new trailers after hearing they hand totally changed Cole. It was a stupid idea to completely change the appearence and voice of the lead character for a sequal, and still call him Cole MacGrath! If they hated the design so much why keep Cole at all? The flaws in the first game had little to do with Cole MacGrath and A LOT to do with the dull city, dodgey climbing, and really poor implementation of the hero/infamous stuff. Sort out that and you'd get a damn fine game!
  • Cyberninja - July 23, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    i dont care as long as the game is good.
  • money4567 - July 23, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    Wow they r stupid its good that there going back to old Cole he was a G for real and his voice put fear and emotion into the game this new voice sounds like a punk, and the new look, is really similar to Nathan Drake, stuff like this ruins a game imagine what would have happened if sly cooper just one got a new voice new costume and became a different animal it just dosent work
  • JakeyBaby - July 23, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Original Cole all the way. New one is too generic Drake, rather than Generic Buzz cut dude. Choosing between the 2 generic evils: I pick buzz cut, I'd rather keep the continuity any day. I got rather into the first inFamous, so breaking that continuity like this could kill the story for me. Any one else agree?
  • Mcan50 - July 23, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    The "new" Cole looked like a total douche. I'm very happy that they're going back to the "old" Cole. Except I guess now he'll be the "new" "old" Cole, right?
  • BigLandoz - July 23, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    When I first looked at the image featuring new Cole and old Cole, I thought I was looking at Nathan Drake.
  • Redeater - July 23, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    @CH3BURASHKA I don't think that fan opinion is a bad thing to take into consideration. Maybe if Ubisoft had done some public opinion testing we would not have had to suffer the horrible Prince of Persia/Godsmack mess. That is as long as they tested anyone over the age of 14.....or at least skipped all the XTREME's making me angry just thinking about PoP
  • JADENkOTOR - July 23, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    @ Anonymouz: ???? take a look at those pictures and tell me who looks normal... its not the bald guy. They should have got the guy from the Starcraft II ad to play coles' voice... that would be bad ass.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 23, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    It's bullshit that they changed him, and even more bullshit that they're caving to INTERNET peer pressure. It's nice that they're actually giving people what they wanted in the first place, but this really speaks to their dedication to the game and the design. I hope the rest of the game isn't also designed by committee.
  • LastPariah - July 23, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    I actually like the redesign. He looks better with hair and without that stupid jacket.
  • darkvare - July 23, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    the voice is what i hate but oh well
  • AnonymouZ - July 23, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    i don't care about the tattoos and hair, but the voice and those pants... it's almost like he wants to stand out. on the first, he was just a regular dude... with... you know, glowing sparks out of his hands and eyes.
  • TheWebSwinger - July 23, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    GOOD. I got pretty attached to him through the course of inFamous 1

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