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Unlike confirmed launch titles such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, developer Sucker Punch opted to introduce inFAMOUS: Second Son with a cinematic trailer during last month's big PlayStation 4 coming out party, giving the impression that the game is still some way off – but that may not actually be the case. Siliconera has dug up a couple of resumes for the next generation sequel, each pointing to a 2013 release.

According to graphics programmer Nathan Reed, the game is a “launch title” for Sony’s impending machine, set to ship in Q4 2013. We’re assuming he’s not referring to the business calendar. Just to reinforce the rumour, senior sound designer Andy Martin also alludes to the 2013 timeline on his Linked In profile.

Additionally, Reed’s resume includes a couple of interesting tidbits about the open world adventure. Firstly, it will take advantage of high dynamic range imaging for lighting and various visual effects. It will also include a real-time “wetness” system (whoa, tiger!), which will add lifelike puddles to the title’s grungy Seattle setting.

Apparently, motion capture work for facial animations is being handled by Digital Domain, a media company who previously worked on in-game cinematics and teaser trailers for The Darkness II and Killzone 3. If you’d like to learn a little more about what we expect from inFAMOUS: Second Son, point your peepers at our speculation feature through here.

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