Nine months after the reveal of Arkane Studios’ Dishonored to the world (due to be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC later this year), Bethesda, the publisher, has released the first trailer for the game. The trailer introduces Corvo, the former bodyguard of the slain Empress, who has been framed for her murder. This stunning CG trailer establishes a bleak, plague-ridden world where the player sets out to make the corrupt Lord Regent pay for his wrongful imprisonment.
Dishonored has a focus on simulation and choice that effects nearly every part of the game. Any situation can be approached in a number of different ways, each with different results. If you wish you can be sneaky or forceful, avoid combat altogether or smash your way through every enemy, take your time getting to your target or rush through. Each choice has a different outcome.
Corvo is now a skilled assassin with many tricks up his sleeve that extends beyond the daggers and arrows that you might expect. He has some pretty cool supernatural abilities, which prove to be quite handy in a tight spot thanks to a mysterious mark on his hand. He uses his powers to blast open doors, freeze time and… well, watch the trailer.
Does this make sense?: It’s like Assassin’s Creed meets Fable meets Deus Ex in a steam punk sci-fi world. Which makes no sense, but I like the sound of it.