Prototype 2 is an upcoming open world action video game set for release on April 24, 2012. It was developed by Canadian studio Radical Entertainmentand is the sequel to 2009's Prototype. The game will be published by Radical Entertainment's owner, Activision. The game will feature a new protagonist, James Heller, as he goes on a quest to destroy the Blacklight virus. The story is also one of revenge, as Heller wants to kill Mercer after his family was killed in the outbreak of the Blacklight virus. The game is set in an open world shown from a third-person view perspective. The game was announced at the 2010 Spike VGA Awards with the tagline "Murder your Maker."
Setting and characters
The main character of Prototype 2 is Sergeant James Heller, a man who blames the deaths of his family on Alex Mercer. After surviving a suicide mission and being transformed into the virus by Alex Mercer, Heller is looking to kill Mercer, who acts as the game's main antagonist. Due to the mutation of the virus, Heller is not completely like Mercer. The virus' mutation has granted it tendrils, which makes Heller's appearance more fluid and organic than Mercer's black and red, metallic coloration. Mercer's motives are unclear, but unlike the first game he is not committed to stopping the virus, but seems to be spreading it.
After the events of the first game, Manhattan recovered from the initial outbreak and everyone thought that the now named Mercer Virus was eradicaded. 14 months after Prototype, Manhattan has been quarantined again, due to a second outbreak, one far worse than the first one, and blocked off from the other boroughs of New York City, which has been renamed New York Zero (NYZ). The boroughs of New York have been divided into three zones, the Red, Yellow, and Green Zone. Each region stands for how affected New York City is by the Blacklight virus. Most boroughs of New York Zero have been infected. The Red Zone is Manhattan, home of Alex Mercer; in it the Blacklight virus grows unhindered. The Yellow Zone is a triage area full of shanty towns and the poor, it is very crowded and while the virus grows there, it is at a minimum and Blackwatch is using the Yellow Zone as a petri dish. The Green Zone is non-infected New York City, except there is a heavy Blackwatch presence. James Heller will have missions in each zone and each mission's difficulty will depend on which zone it takes place in. Blackwatch is credited as occupying and controlling NYZ, but they are said to know that New York actually belongs to Alex Mercer even though the latter is only seen rarely.
Blackwatch is the organization that is responsible for the creation of the virus and are in charge of eradicating it from New York City. Heller's main adversary in Blackwatch is Colonel Rooks. Rooks is more human than other Blackwatch members due to his family, though his commitment to the concept of family is his interpretation of Blackwatch's mission. Upon hearing the negative happenings in Blackwatch's mission, Rooks has a short temper, but can be thrilled if Blackwatch's mission is successful. Accompanying Rooks is Dr. Koening, the main virologist at Gentek. Koening oversees every major Gentek operation.