In Dishonored 2, players will assume the role as Emily Kaldwin as she leaves Dunwall and heads to the costal city of Karnaca, looking for a way to restore her to power after an “otherworldly usurper” seizes the throne. Playing as Emily also gives fans access to a new host of supernatural abilities, including the shadow-attack power teased in the Dishonored 2 announcement trailer.
Unfortunately, despite the unwavering excitement that people have for the game, developer Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda have kept Dishonored 2 gameplay footage under wraps. Until now, that is. During the Bethesda press conference at E3 2016, fans finally got their first look at Dishonored 2 gameplay and it did not disappoint.
Dishonored 2 Gameplay Trailer via Bethesda Softworks
Dishonored 2 Gameplay Debuts; Gay/Bi Characters Confirmed
While the new footage does offer some scenes with Corvo (who returns as a playable character in the game), the most exciting scenes in the new Dishonored 2 gameplay video focuses on Emily.
One of her powers, for example, is ‘domino’ which allows the Dishonored 2 lead to link several enemies and when one of them dies the others will die too. There’s also a ‘mesmerise’ power which puts enemies in a trance allowing Emily to slip past unnoticed, there’s the shadow walk power which lets Emily move unseen and get close for the kill and she also has the power to pull enemies towards her making it much easier for her to off them.
Other Dishonored 2 gameplay features detailed in Bethesda’s press conference include: the ability to choose between two rival factions, Karnaca’s Dust district where dust storms can strike at any time, there’s much more history in the second game (Arkane thought about the history of every street in the city) and players are also encouraged to explore vertically too. A mission with a time-travel device was also shown off, as the player character could hop through time (and back again) to plan and execute kills.
Moreover, it was also recently revealed that Dishonored 2 will feature both gay and bisexual characters. In an interview with Game Informer, co-creative director Harvey Smith said that “we wanted to have more representation this time. We’ve tried to put more people into key roles who are people of colour and to be more reflective of how the world works and to be less homogeneous” and that “there is a gay character, there’s a bi character. We’re better in representation in that sense.”
Smith also adds that “we have at least a few characters who, if you dig into them, you realise that they’re not straight. That said it’s a quick paced action game or a slow paced stealth game where those things are secondary. When we handle something like that, we’d like to have it in the world, and not draw a big sign around it that says, ‘this guy is gay’.”
Arkane Studios and Bethesda have yet to reveal more info on the gay/bi character front, but the commitment to better representation gives us yet another reason to be excited for Dishonored 2’s release.
Dishonored 2 will be released on November 11 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.