I have to admit, I am a huge fan of the Thief series. The Dark Project and Metal Age are both in my private list of the best PC games ever with a believable protagonist, suggestive setting and terrific missions to play (seriously, who doesn’t love Steampunk?!). People like me have been waiting for the next iteration of our favourite game series for 8 years now. I was very excited before the June’s E3, hoping to see some footage from the 4th Thief game being currently in development at Eidos Montreal (or should I say Square Enix Montreal?). And quickly came the let down – there was no Thief 4 at E3 this year… My day was then quite surprisingly saved by Bethesda and their upcoming Dishonored game, developed by Arkane Studios, known from Arx Fatalis and Dark Messiah of Might & Magic. After reading numerous texts and watching several game-related videos I am sure of one thing – I WANT THAT GAME!
Dishonored will be largely based on what the Thief series is known for – staying low, sneaking, looting and using a handful of tricks to outmanoeuvre opponents. And yes, it’s going to be set in a Steampunk-derived, technocratic world, too! We will assume the role of Corvo Atano, a skilled assassin and ex-bodyguard of the Empress, who was accused of her murder (he obviously didn’t commit). Now, hunted by the new authorities, he needs to stay low and plan his revenge to abolish the usurper who made him a wanted man, and thus restore his name and reputation.
Similar to how it was done in the Thief series, player will likely be staying out of trouble and use Corvo’s agility, gadgets and magic to make his way to the goal of each mission (and loot whatever he may grasp). Corvo’s supernatural abilities involve short-distance teleporting, possessing the body of other people and animals, and also summoning a pack of rats that chase an bite the enemies (there will be approx. 12 powers in total). Those are accompanied by Corvo’s extensive skills allowing him to use crossbows, swords, daggers, various types of ammunition and elixirs.
I could go on about how fresh the gameplay looks and how stunning the game is destined to be, but instead I offer you a chance to see it (almost) for yourselves. Watch the video below – sit back and enjoy.
Platforms: PC, PS3, X360
Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release: October 2012