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!
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inFAMOUS 2 Blasts Onto the Scene this June Exclusively for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) System

Newest Installment of Critically-Acclaimed Superhero Action Adventure Series Teases with Hero Edition, In-game Bonuses, and Dynamic New Soundtrack

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) announced today that inFAMOUS 2, the much-anticipated sequel to 2009's blockbuster, will be released in North America on June 7, 2011 exclusively for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system. Developed by award-winning Sucker Punch Productions, inFAMOUS 2 continues to redefine the superhero tale, drawing players even closer this time around to the experience of being Cole MacGrath, an everyman turned superhero. inFAMOUS 2 introduces advanced elemental superpowers, a devastating new melee fighting system, destructible urban environments, a vibrant, dense and interactive city with over 100 simultaneous characters on screen, and much more. The electrifying new sequel brings to life the true superhero experience with a dynamic open world environment, cutting-edge graphics, large-scale gameplay moments and powerful cinematic sequences.

The next chapter continues the saga of Cole MacGrath as he takes a dramatic journey down the coast to the Southern city of New Marais, where he faces a new, darker entity, known only as "The Beast." Testing his will and super-power potential, Cole must fight his way through New Marais and find the answer before the problem finds its own solution. Throughout his journey Cole is once again faced with the choice to use his extraordinary abilities to save all of mankind or follow a more chaotic and destructive path. This time around, Cole's karmic choices will directly affect the outcome of the story, providing for two vastly different endings and gameplay experiences. During this leg of his journey, Cole can once again fluidly and freely navigate the city, scaling nearly every surface with dynamic parkour moves. New Marais takes the open world genre to new heights and offers players a unique and evolving playground.

"Combining all-new dynamic open world gameplay and an evolved karma system, the second chapter in the best-selling franchise promises to bring back everything fans loved about inFAMOUS and more," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing, SCEA. "inFAMOUS 2 is Sucker Punch's most ambitious game yet and is poised to once again be PS3's summer blockbuster with a more visceral, emotional and powerful take on the true superhero experience."

Scheduled to be released simultaneously with the game, the inFAMOUS 2 Hero Edition features a bounty of exclusive collectable items including: a detailed, 8.5" Cole statue, a replica of Cole's sling messenger bag, the inFAMOUS mini comic from DC Comics, and a collector's edition soundtrack with bonus tracks. The Hero Edition also kick starts the gaming experience and will include all the pre-order bonuses. Vouchers for in-game exclusives include the new Lightning Hook power that snares enemies and objects towards Cole, the Electrocution Grenade power that shocks nearby enemies with arcing electricity and immobilizes them before detonation, a Kessler character skin that allows players to play as the sinister antagonist from the first installment, and a 24K Gold Amp to melee enemies in style. Beginning today, fans can pre-order inFAMOUS 2 at select retailers.

Adding to the in-game ambiance, the original soundtrack combines Bryan "Brain" Mantia's experience from Primus and Guns and Roses with the feted New Orleans outfit Galactic to add a level of authenticity and funk to inFAMOUS 2. Galactic is no stranger to the New Orleans music scene and was featured on the hit show Treme. Influenced by the rich musical history of New Orleans, Galactic and Brain collaborated with renowned game, film and television composer Jim Dooley and SCEA Music Manager and composer Jonathan Mayer to create an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, and electronica. The highly collaborative team used a range of techniques from raw junkyard percussion supporting performances by a jazz string quintet and New Orleans brass players to a 64-piece orchestra to produce the right musical signature to accompany the inFAMOUS 2 saga. The official soundtrack will be available digitally and with other promotional partners.

The inFAMOUS 2 Hero Edition will be available at retailers everywhere for $99.99 MSRP. inFAMOUS 2 for PS3 system will be available for $59.99 MSRP. To stay up to date with all the news, visit http://www.infamousthegame.com/.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.