What is a Panopticon?


Freedom Wars taught me something!

Ahead of Freedom Wars‘ October 28 release in North America, PlayStation Blog has listed which Panopticons will appear in the Western version of the PS Vita game. A what now?

Think of a building designed in such a way that a person can watch inmates without them knowing when they’re being monitored, and you’ve got the basic concept. Freedom Wars is a third-person action game with many Panopticons — in Japan, there were 47, one for each prefecture.

Players, who are criminals with million-year sentences, can compete with each other in a giant leaderboard-driven turf war. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? There’s going to be 50 Panopticons based on worldwide cities for the Western release. In the US, we’ve got New York City, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Anchorage, Chicago, and Houston. There’s a full list viewable below.

Sony also announced that Freedom Wars will have player-versus-player modes at launch.

Freedom Wars Out Tuesday, Characters & Panopticons Detailed [PlayStation Blog]

New York City, NY, USA Los Angeles, CA, USA Honolulu, HI, USA Anchorage, AK, USA Chicago, IL, USA Houston, TX, USA Mexico City, Mexico Edmonton, Canada Lima, Peru Toronto, Canada Helsinki, Finland Reykjavik, Iceland London, United Kingdom Yekaterinburg, Russia Moscow, Russia Athens, Greece Bucharest, Romania Lisbon, Portugal Berlin, Germany Paris, France Rome, Italy Oslo, Norway Stockholm, Sweden Copenhagen, Denmark Amsterdam, Netherlands Madrid, Spain Vienna, Austria Manaus, Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil Buenos Aires, Argentina Santiago, Chile Galapagos, Ecuador Caracas, Venezuela Dakar, Senegal Nairobi, Kenya Cape Town, South Africa Sydney, Australia Perth, Australia Wellington, New Zealand Mumbai, India Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Jakarta, Indonesia Manila, Philippines Hanoi, Vietnam Taipei, Taiwan Hong Kong, China Seoul, South Korea Singapore, Singapore Tokyo, Japan

I wanna rep Galapagos.