LOS ANGELES – What happens to the damsel in distress once the distress has passed? Dishonored II, an upcoming stealth game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda will attempt to answer this in the sneakiest way possible. The game will pick up where its Victorian-inspired predecessor left off, complete with a new playable character and a more colorful setting.
Bethesda announced Dishonored II last year at E3, and followed up at E3 2016 with two extended gameplay demos. Fifteen years have passed since the events of the original Dishonored, and Emily Kaldwin, now empress, is also an able thief and assassin in her own right. She and her father, Corvo Attano, must leave the London-like city of Dunwall and travel instead to Karnaca: a city that’s equal parts Italy, Spain and Greece.
The Mediterranean-informed setting puts a much stronger emphasis on verticality, as we saw in a demo where the developers took control of Emily. While gamers can choose to play as either Corvo or Emily, the game sounds like it may be worth playing through twice, as each character possesses different abilities and ways to traverse the levels. Like Corvo, Emily can teleport short distances to ascend high platforms, as she did before pouncing on a series of unsuspecting guards.
Getting around is only half the battle. Each character has a distinct set of skills, and Emily’s look quite different from what Corvo used the first time around. Of particular interest is her Domino skill, which allows her to mark enemies to feel each other’s pain, no matter how far away. For example, when Emily’s target was surrounded by three burly bodyguards, she marked all three with the Domino ability. When one of them stumbled over a stun grenade (another trick in Emily’s arsenal), all three went down, leaving the target ripe for assassination.
Beyond that, Dishonored II appears to emulate the first title in its commitment to watercolor aesthetics, freeform stealth gameplay and a story that combines political intrigue with just a hint of otherworldly magic. The game will be out on Nov. 11 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.