In a new interview, Dishonored 2 creative director Harvey Smith discusses the possibility of making (captain of the Dreadful Wale) Meagan Foster a playable character in DLC. Smith also discusses the response to the game’s gay and bisexual characters.
Smith previously said that Dishonored 2 has “more representation” than in the first game, including more gay and bisexual characters and characters of colour.
Dishonored 2 to Make Meagan Foster a Playable Character?
Asked by Glixel on whether Meagan Foster will become a playable character in future Dishonored 2 DLC, Smith played coy saying that “we have nothing like that announced yet.” Players eager to play as the Dreadful Wale captain will no doubt seize upon the fact that Smith said “yet,” and didn’t seem to rule it out altogether.
Smith notes that Meagan Foster is a “popular character.” The Dishonored 2 creative director also says that Rosario Dawson, who voices the character, “probably has more lines than anyone in the game, and it’s very heartfelt.” It sounds as though it would make sense for developer Arkane Studios to develop DLC around the character, then, if it isn’t working on it already.
@_lavellan in my mind, she was mostly into women; there were probably a few men along the way
— Harvey Smith (@Harvey1966) July 9, 2016
Additionally, Smith discusses the response to Dishonored 2‘s gay and bisexual characters as well as the fact that Meagan Foster is a woman of colour. In a tweet (embedded above), Smith confirmed that the character is bisexual and several pieces of in-game lore (including an audio log) confirm that the Dreadful Wale captain was in love with a woman who passed away.
Smith tells Glixel that “in terms of representation, a number of people have told me, “I’m so happy you have a character who is lesbian or bi” – more accurately, bi, I think, but mostly lesbian. And just a character who is a person of color.” He also adds that “it’s very meaningful that people can look into games and see characters in leadership positions who are handled well, who are interesting people first and foremost.”
Indeed, many will be glad to hear that the developer recognises that representation matters and that gamers are eager to see more diverse characters in games. Dishonored 3 has not yet been confirmed, but hopefully if another game in the series is made, Arkane Studios will continue to deliver positive representation moving forward.