The November release date for Dishonored 2 is fast approaching. We all enjoyed seeing the official cinematic trailer during this year’s E3 events. Now, with release day fast approaching, Bethesda has just released one of the first official gameplay trailers.
What will this new Dishonored game be like? Here is everything we know so far about Dishonored 2:
It has been fifteen years since the events of the Rat Plague in the original Dishonored. Young Emily Kaldwin is all grown up. An “otherworldly usurper” has dethroned Emily from her position as Empress, and plunged the country into a state of chaos yet again.
Emily finds herself following in the footsteps of her royal protector/father, Corvo. Now she too bears the mark of the outsider, and has gained mystical powers. Using her newfound powers and an arsenal of gadgets, Emily will become an assassin, and take back her throne.
This time around, Corvo is not the only star of the show. After playing the opening sequence as Emily Kaldwin, players will be given the choice to play as Emily or Corvo.
Each character has their own unique spin on the powers they gain from the Mark of the Outsider. The first game somewhat touches on this concept with the Knife of Dunwall DLC. The powers function in similar ways, but are flavored differently from character to character. For instance, Emily’s “blink” ability looks like a long black tentacle, which pulls her rapidly towards her chosen destination.
Oh, and did we mention that Corvo is no longer a silent protagonist? Choosing between Emily and Corvo will also grant unique perspective and dialogue choices. The game itself doesn’t play out differently, but NPCs will react to you differently depending on who you choose.
Staying true to Dishonored, the new game will present you with many ways to accomplish a task. For instance, Emily and Corvo will have to choose to side with one of two factions. Each faction will then present the player with a person they wish assassinated. The player can choose whether or not to kill their targets. Sometimes death is not the worst thing that could happen to a man. They player may also opt to simply not pick a side at all.
How you play Dishonored will affect how NPCs react to your character, and it will have a lasting impact on the game’s world. There are pros and cons for both an aggressive play style and a more neutral play style. How you play will also, of course, affect the ending of the game.
While the opening and the conclusion of the game take place in Dunwall, the majority of the game takes place in Karnaca. Karnaca is a major trading hub with traders and tourists visiting from around the world. Karnaca is also one of Dunwall’s biggest trading partners, so the two nations are economically tied.
Karnaca has a warmer, drier, climate than Dunwall. The dry climate, combined with high winds, makes sandstorms and dust-ups a part of everyday life in the city. The periodic sandstorms of Karnaca drastically reduce visibility for the player and NPCs. Players can use this element of the environment to aide them in sneaking around the environment and avoid detection.
The design for the city of Karnaca is mainly inspired by the southern countries of Europe. The architecture of Karnaca shares some striking similarities with cities in Spain, Greece, Italy and Cuba.
Dunwall had its unfortunate rat problem. In Karnaca, bloodflies infest the city streets. They are parasitic insects which live in swarms and build their nests in human corpses. Bloodflies are extremely territorial, and they will attack anyone who comes too close to their nests.
As you can well imagine, bloodflies fulfill the same role as the rats of Dunwall. The more corpses you leave lying about, the more extensive the bloodfly infestation. As the corpses pile up, so do the bloodfly nests, which can make it difficult to move around the city.
Dishonored 2 is scheduled to be released on November 11 of 2016. It will be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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