inFAMOUS: Second Son

Sucker Punch’s upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son stinks of teen spirit. The Seattle-based open world adventure has clearly been inspired by grunge culture, from the nature of Delsin Rowe’s clothing right through to the inclusion of famous venue the Crocodile Cafe, which has been painstakingly remodelled in the game. However, while the studio’s taken the opportunity to license a number of its hometown’s most iconic landmarks, it hasn’t been quite as successful in the soundtrack department.

“I would have loved to have had an entire montage in there: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains – you could go through the list, right?” brand development director Ken Schramm told us as part of a recent interview. “Then you've also got these young cats like Mudhoney and all of that stuff. It gets expensive, and we've got to be choosy.”

Despite its budget not extending to a laundry list of licensed tracks, the developer has attempted to sprinkle in a few hits as part of the imminent release’s build-up. “We put Dead Sarah in our first initial trailer doing a Nirvana song, and we've got Mudhoney doing 'Touch Me' [in the new commercial],” Schramm continued. “So that's where we used those.”

The audio that is in the game has been handled by Sony’s internal team, and the developer ensures us that it’s all inspired by many of the abovementioned artists. “We put Sonic Boom Records in the game for a reason,” Schramm exclaimed. “Look at Delsin's outfit for God's sake. We’re very proud of the soundtrack, but actual bands would have got pricey.” Are you a little disappointed that you’re not going to need your air guitar for the sandbox escapade? Grow your hair in the comments section below.