Developers have been adding fuel to the fire that is the battle for supremacy between the Xbox 360 and the PS3 for some time now. Now it looks like Sucker Punch, developers of Infamous 2, are putting their two cents in. While it might not seem like a big deal, with each console having established solid fan bases, what the developers have to say is rather interesting.
In an interview with CVG, Darren Bridges, game designer on the highly anticipated sequel, says that since it does not possess the horsepower contained within the Cell processor there is no way that Infamous 2 would be possible on the Xbox 360. He does go on to clarify that the development team hasn’t worked with anything but the PS3 and is only speaking in relation to the processing power of the two consoles and nothing else.
"Maybe it can be, but we just don't feel like the other console has the horsepower to carry this off."
He does believe that bringing the larger, more graphics heavy games like Uncharted 2 to Microsoft’s console is possible and that once that leap has been made then the door to bringing Infamous 2 to the console is wide open. By using the Cell chip contained within the PS3, the development team has been able to create a game without feeling bound by the limitations of hardware.
"That's good for us because we don't have to play to the lowest denominator of the consoles. We're playing to the PS3 and we're making a game that we can make, technology isn't limiting us. We can focus on the specific things that the PS3 provides and tailor everything on the technology specifically for it so that we can squeeze every drop out of it."
To me this sounds like Sucker Punch proving themselves as loyal developers for Sony’s console. It doesn’t paint the Xbox 360 in the greatest light but it restrains from making some of the obvious jabs that many developers have been prone to in the past. Infamous 2 does look like it is pushing the PS3 pretty hard with its lightning effects and the sprawling locale of New Moray, but that doesn’t exactly suggest that an Xbox 360 port is impossible. If you are a fan of the console you are developing for, showing your enthusiasm is one thing but comparing said console to one you haven’t developed for is sure to anger some fans.
What do you think of Bridges comments about Infamous 2 being only possible with the power of the PS3’s processor? Do you think this is Sucker Punch cozying up to Sony or picking a fight with Microsoft?
Infamous 2 will be available only on the PS3 in 2011.