For many the big news of E3 so far has of course been Fallout 4 which has been shown off. For me, though, that takes a backseat to the fact Dishonored 2 has officially been announced, confirming numerous leaks over the past few years, as well as a major one just the other day when Bethesda accidently revealed its existence during a “dress rehearsal” on Twitch.
Announced with a trailer which you can watch above Dishonored 2 is going to let you play as both Corvo and Emily Kaldwin, the daughter of the Empress from the first game who seems to have gained herself some nifty powers. Robots seem to be a thing now, which is interesting as it does mean you can technically now get through the game using violent methods on robots without ever having technically killed anybody, letting you combine playstyles.
The downside is that we seem to be getting a bit of a plot rehash as Emily Kaldwin has managed to lose the damn throneto some sort of strange force. If you remember the last game was also about the Empress losing the throne. Furthermore Emily seems to have gained her powers from the Outsider, just like Corvo. Part of me also does feel like Dishonored told a complete story on its own, especially since we were given endings that detailed future events for the characters, so any sequel felt like it should use different lead characters and even a different location, so I’m a little sad to see them play it safe with a direct continuation.
Having said that I’m still overjoyed to see a sequel, and Emily looks like she’ll shake up gameplay a bit with her organic grappling hook and Darkness style powers, as will the new location of Kamaca. It seems that the “good” ending from Dishonored is being used as canon since Emily is alive and the Rat Plague vanished.
On top of that Bethesda also revealed the existing of a Dishonored: Definitive Edition for Xbox One and PS4 which apparently have upgraded graphics and all previously released DLC. Right now the launch window is August.