Bethesda invite you to beautiful Dunwall, city of splendour and industry. Never mind the rats. And the plague. And the whores and robbers. And the crazed assassin with pseudo-magical powers slaughtering city residents.
Another in the shower of media releases before the torrential storm that is E3, today’s new video shows all in-game footage from Dishonored and, as trailers go, it is bloody lovely. You can view it below, and I highly recommend watching fullscreen and HD.
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That is a lot of murdering there, which is only appropriate when you play Corvo Attano, an assassin on a revenge mission after he was framed for the murder of the Empress it was his duty to protect. Of course, it is never that simple and a great many other people are going to get in his way.
As Chris noted back in March, Dishonored’s look and visual feel are a product of Visual Design Director Viktor Antonov who was previously responsible for City 17 and other locations of Half Life 2. It shows. While there are similar visual elements, much like two films by the same director have recognisable common touches, Dunwall has a distinct look and feel from City 17. Watching the video, I almost imagine I can smell the excrement, the perfume which doesn’t quite mask the stink of rot. But then I am a sucker for good world design.
As for actual gameplay: STABSTABSTABBOOMSLASHLANDONHEADANDSMASH! The developers and previews do emphasis the flexibility of play styles offered by Dishonored but the trailer strongly emphasises the direct method. It will be interesting to see if the final game can pull off first-person melee – a tricky proposition – as slickly as the video appears. Will the slow-motion be as all pervasive? We also are not shown much if any of the ranged weapons that will be included, such as the crossbow and I have to wonder if such weapons will feel whimpy compared with the cannons and super-future assault rifles offered by more traditional FPSs.
I hereby place a sum of monies on the next trailer including that old wartime refrain: There were rats, rats, big as bloody cats in the Quatermaster’s store!
Dishonored is slated for release on December 12th.