Dishonored 2 is Bethesda’s showstopper at E3 2016 and Arkane reveals a ton of details about the game’s characters and mechanics during an extended gameplay demo on stage.
Bethesda may have only shared a cinematic trailer for Dishonored 2 at last year’s E3, but this year the company kept the game on stage for nearly 30 minutes. From a detailed look at the environment and character models to a full mission with the new protagonist, Dishonored 2 was the star of Bethesda’s show.
At first, it seemed like Bethesda might not have a proper trailer for Dishonored 2 when the company started talking about the game and showing mostly empty environments to show off the engine’s amazing lighting and textures. Luckily, fans were in for much more than just a trailer as an introduction to Emily and two partial missions were shown.
Nearly twenty minutes of gameplay footage aired as Arkane’s Harvey Smith explained what was going on. Players will jump in to the world of Dishonored 2 about 15 years after the first game’s conclusion. Emily rules the empire at the start of the game, but it doesn’t take long for things to cut to black and for a usurper to emerge and steal the throne.
It’s sad to see Emily lose her position of power as soon as we meet her, but the takeover triggers the start of the game’s adventures. After the takeover, players decide if they want to play as Emily or Corvo. Each player has a unique set of skills and Emily’s will be all new to the franchise. Both protagonists’ skills can be leveled up using talent trees throughout the game.
During the extended gameplay demo, Arkane revealed two missions: Dust District and A Crack in the Slab. The Dust District mission seemed like a straightforward target objective and Emily used her powers and climbing skills to race around Karnaca taking down enemies. There is definitely an increased emphasis on climbing and the new city makes great use of vertical space. Scaling large buildings seems like it will be an essential skill this time around.
The second mission involved slipping back and forth between the past and the present to solve puzzles and strategically eliminate enemies. Both settings were unique and seemed like a ton of fun. November 11 is still half a year away, but we’re ready to dive into this game of the year contender as soon as possible.
Are you excited for Dishonored 2 after seeing this gameplay footage? Which protagonist will you play as? Let us know in the comments.
Dishonored 2 is set to release on November 11, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.