Arkane Studios’ Dishonored was a pleasant surprise.
Its richly engaging world gave way to a game full of supernatural elements, political intrigue and tight stealthy gameplay. After the close of the first game and its accompanying DLC, a sequel was quickly conceptualized. Come November 11, 2016, we’ll all return to Dishonored’s world and attempt to take back the throne stolen from the Empress of Dunwall. Another playable assassin, new abilities/powers, a new main location, themed levels etc. are just a sample of the worthy additions that will make this sequel even better than the original.
Let’s all enter the dangerous confines of Karnaca as we break down everything there is to know about Dishonored 2.
1. Not Only Can You Choose to Play as Corvo Once Again, You Can Instead Take on the Role of Emily
The 1st Dishonored had you take control of Corvo Attano, an assassin who had to clear his name after being framed for the assassination of Emily Kaldwin’s mother. He makes his return in Dishonored 2 and this time he’s actually speaking (he played the part of the silent protagonist beforehand). After reaching a certain point in the game, you can choose to take up the assassin mantle as Corvo once again or select his female counterpart: Miss Emily Kaldwin herself! She’s just as lethal as the man who protected her and taught her how to defend herself from harm.
Both characters are able to utilize the “Dark Vision” ability, which gives them the power to take note of all the dangers in their surroundings. Corvo keeps several of the otherworldly abilities he utilized in the 1st game, such as the power to summon rats, slow down time, possess humans/animals etc. “Blink” makes its return, which is an ability that lets you quickly transport yourself to any location you target from a distance.
Emily arrives with a few new abilities of her own, such as being able to produce a clone of herself to confuse her opponents. One of her cooler powers (“Domino”) lets her connect a few enemies together so that they share the same fate (killing one of the guards you come across means the other guard connected to him/her will die as well).
2. This Sequel Takes Place 15 Years After the Events of the First Game
Dishonored 2’s events take place 15 years after Emily Kaldwin reclaimed the throne as Empress of Dunwall. This came about due to the efforts of assassin Corvo Attano. Ever since then, Dunwall has enjoyed a period of prosperity under Emily’s rule, but she has still chosen to protect herself for any incoming threats by training under Corvo. Those assassination skills have to be put to use after an evil supernatural threat dethrones her and forces her to become an outlaw.
Once again, The Outsider gifts you with mystical powers as you fight to reclaim Emily’s throne as her or through the efforts of Corvo. The majority of your experience will take place within the coastal city of Karnaca, which is the capital of Serkonos.
3. The “Chaos” System Returns, Plus a New Stage “Theme” Element is Being Added in
One element that’s returning from this sequel’s predecessor is the “Chaos” system. If you can manage to take out your enemies in a non-lethal manner, the element of chaos will more of a non-factor in your world. However, killing your foes will plunge your world into a much darker and broken state. More chaos will also be reflected in the conversations between Corvo and Emily.
Murdering certain characters in the game tends to have a huge impact on the increase or decrease in chaos (assassinating a more evil individual will only raise the world’s chaos by a smaller amount). You can choose to reclaim Emily’s right as Empress of Dunwall as a vicious killer or through far more clever means.
As you wander through the game’s collection of levels, you’ll notice each one’s implementation of a certain theme. Each stage will stick to adopting either a more fictional or more mechanical tone. For instance, one mission will place you within a level where constant dust storms arise (you can stalk your targets by using these storms for cover).
And another level will drop you into a huge mansion protected by mechanical guards that features all manner of environmental puzzles based on 1851’s implementation of technology. The trailer posted above showcases a lot of the themes you can expect to come across in the game.
4. The Game’s Limited Edition Blesses You With Early Access
Getting into Dishonored 2 a day early is a special bonus for those who pre-order the game. The Limited Edition also comes with a variety of other beneficial trappings. You’ll get a free digital copy of Dishonored: Definitive Edition, the in-game “Imperial Assassin’s Pack” (which comes with Bonecharms, the Lore Book: A Musician’s Farewell, the Antique Serkonan Guitar and 500 coins of currency for use in the game’s illegal black market shops) and Dishonored 2’s official soundtrack.
5. Dishonored 2’s Biggest Goodies Lie Within the Premium Collector’s Edition
What makes the Premium Collector’s Edition of Dishonored 2 the better choice to obtain is its wealth of additional items. This major package comes with everything included in the Limited Edition, plus the following bonus goodies:
– the game encased within a collectible legacy metal case
– a physical poster based on the propaganda featured in the game
– Emily Kaldwin’s physical ring and display box
– Corvo Attano’s physical mask and stand