With the release of Prototype 2 still a few months away, Activision and Radical Entertainment have today released details regarding the new protagonist, Sgt. James Heller, and some artwork showing off his character design.
If you’re interested in the Prototype universe, and want to know exactly why you play as Sgt. Heller in the upcoming sequel, check out the official information below.
Sgt. James Heller was a U.S. military soldier who lived in New York during the first Blacklight viral outbreak and was stationed in the Middle East during the second outbreak. His wife, Colette, and daughter, Maya, were caught in the initial outbreak and killed. Since Blackwatch claims that Alex Mercer caused the outbreak, Heller signed up for patrols in the severely infected Red Zone, hoping for a chance to find Mercer and avenge his beloved family.
Heller has military training. Before he lost his family, Heller had a joyful life. His relationships with Colette and Amaya were close and loving. When they were killed, Heller became a man transformed: he grew grim, rude, and impatient — a dark shadow of his earlier personality. Even so, he is kinder and more sympathetic than Alex Mercer. Heller’s goals rarely or even convincingly exceed his own personal desires.
At the beginning of Prototype 2, Heller eventually confronts Mercer in the Red Zone and tries to kill him, naturally without success. Mercer, impressed with Heller’s bravery and fortitude, infects Heller with the virus for reasons yet to be understood, and now the ultimate fate of humanity desperately hangs in the balance…
Prototype 2 is released on April 24th, 2012 in North America for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. European release is TBA.