Back in 2012, Dishonored was released to mostly favourable reviews. While I wasn’t convinced by the game (I am admittedly rubbish at stealth titles and I thought that the controls were a bit fiddly), it won a whole heap of awards including Best Action Adventure Game at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards and it also exceeded publisher Bethesda’s sales expectations.
As a result, just weeks after the game’s release, Bethesda revealed that they would be turning the IP into a franchise. Rumours have been swirling ever since, about when we’d see Dishonored 2, but we won’t have to wait any longer as the first Dishonored 2 trailer and details were revealed during Bethesda’s E3 2015 press conference last night.
Dishonored 2 Announced
While the above announcement trailer doesn’t really explain much, Bethesda and developer Arkane Studios have released this official blurb:
“Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the Lord Regent has been vanquished and the dreaded Rat Plague has passed into history. An otherworldly usurper has seized the throne from Empress Emily Kaldwin, leaving the fate of the Isles hanging in the balance. As either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca – a once-dazzling coastal city that holds the key to restoring Emily to power. Armed with the mark of the Outsider and powerful new supernatural abilities, hunt down your enemies and forever alter the fate of the Empire.”
Some Dishonored fans are already ecstatic about the prospect of playing as Emily; it will be nice to see how the child NPC has grown up into a feared assassin and her grappling hook and shadow monster abilities look like fun. But others say that they are only interested in playing the game as Corvo (who was the first game’s lead) as Emily’s abilities look phenomenally overpowered.
For Arkane, getting the balance right will be key. The developer will need to make sure that Emily isn’t as overpowered as some people fear and that playing as Dishonored 2‘s new lead character is every bit as entertaining as Corvo was, otherwise Emily will have been included for nothing.
Dishonored 2 will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in Spring 2016.