The identity of the gaming industry's first big 2011 summer blockbuster has been revealed: Sony Computer Entertainment and Sucker Punch Productions have announced that the follow-up to 2009's ionically-charged sandbox title, inFamous
, will hit U.S. store shelves on June 7. The publisher also confirmed that the inFamous 2
Hero Edition is a real thing you'll be able to buy for $99.99, which nets you the game, an 8.5-inch statue of Cole, a replica messenger bag, a mini-comic, the game's soundtrack and a bevy of vouchers for downloadable content.
If you want to snag said content without springing for the deluxe edition, it's been broken down piecemeal as pre-order bonuses from various retailers:
Folks who reserve the game on Amazon will get the 24K Gold version of Cole's "Amp" weapon.
Shoppers at Best Buy can grab a character skin modeled after inFamous' antagonist, Kessler.
Pre-orders at GameStop net you the telekinetic "Lightning Hook" power.
Walmart is offering pre-orderers the radical-sounding "Electrocution Grenade" ability.
Personally, we think it's totally awesome that they chose to release the game on the first day of E3, ensuring that we'll have to go the better part of a week after its release without playing it. We hope you guys don't mind showing a little solidarity by holding off your enjoyment until we get back. (Or, at the very least, just don't Tweet about it. Please?) Check out all the pre-order bonuses and pack shots you can handle in the gallery below!