There are only a few days left to go before the release of Arkane Studios’ second piece of DLC for Dishonored – The Knife of Dunwall, a sidequel telling the story of Dunwall’s other infamous assassin, Daud.
The first piece of DLC for the game, Dunwall City Trials, was essentially just a challenge mode that didn’t add too much to the game’s story, but The Knife of Dunwall will be the first of a two-part set of plot-driven DLC’s, which will conclude in The Brightmore Witches.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In The Knife of Dunwall you take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress, and access his weapons, gadgets, allies and supernatural abilities. After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption. The Outsider reveals the key to your atonement, but who–or what–is Delilah? Accompanied by the Whalers, your loyal band of mercenary assassins, your search will take you through never-before-seen districts of Dunwall as you face off against new and terrible foes.
Considering the naval theme of the game, ‘Delilah’ may well turn out to be a ship of some kind, but feel free to make your own guesses. The new trailer for The Knife of Dunwall has just been released (watch up top). The DLC is out in April 16th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and will cost $9.99 (or 800 Microsoft Points).
The trailer is entirely composed of gameplay footage, which means that the first mission the player is sent on will be to kill Jessamine Kaldwin and kidnap Emily. Beyond that, the plot becomes a little more difficult to decipher, though the voiceover reveals that the events will take place in the six months between Daud’s assassination of the Empress and the point in Dishonored where Corvo decides Daud’s fate.
There are also some new locations to explore, including the Rothwild Whale Slaughterhouse (it’s impressive to see one of the whales in the flesh, considering how central a part they play in Dunwall society and economy) and different sections of the city and sewers. New weapons and abilities shown in the trailer include a concealed wrist-mounted crossbow, Daud’s ‘Knife’ – a heavy and brutal-looking sword, and Chokedust and Stun Mines for taking out enemies.
The trailer also highlights a few of the changes you’d expect from the change of protagonist. Unlike Corvo, who is forced to take the lone wolf approach in his missions (his allies’ primary mission is to keep the bar stools warm, apparently), Daud is in charge of his own small army of assassins, and one of the powers granted to him by the Outsider gives him the option to call up one of his minions and set them upon an unsuspecting guard. A similar mechanic was used in some of the Assassin’s Creed games, and also towards the end of BioShock 2, and while it can feel pretty cool to have some backup for missions, there will also be plenty of options for players who prefer to run the levels independently.
With the introduction of new powers and weapons, and the exploration of such an interesting character, it’s almost a shame that The Knife of Dunwall is only DLC-length.
Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall is available on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 from April 16, 2013.
Source: Arkane Studios