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"Apart from the hangovers, this place was a goddamn heaven."
Cole MacGrath on New Marais.

new Marais is the main setting inFamous 2, based on New Orleans, Louisiana. Developers have stated that the city is much more diverse, populated, and dangerous compared to Empire City in the first game. Concept art showed sections with clock towers, a church, a swamp, a cemetery and an abandoned mansion.

Cole states that four years before the game's events, he came to New Marais to practice his parkour, even Zeke having an attempt at it, due to the recent flooding and the police's leniency compared to other cities.