Dishonored 2's level designer Christophe Carrier reveals Arkane Studios is "thinking about" Dishonored VR, but the virtual reality title wouldn't be a port of the original games.
Dishonored 2, the sequel to Arkane Studios' hit stealth title, is one ambitious game. For starters, it features two playable lead characters (Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano) who each have different supernatural powers to play with. The game also requires multiple playthroughs to be fully understood, and Arkane Studios has even designed the entire thing so that players can complete the game without killing anyone.
Although the developer has a lot to work on there (it's also working on the Prey reboot), that isn't stopping Arkane from thinking about the future of the Dishonored franchise. In a new interview, the developer reveals that it is "thinking about" making Dishonored VR.
Speaking to GamesRadar, Dishonored 2's level designer Christophe Carrier calls Dishonored VR "a level design dream," noting that with powers like Far Reach and Blink "there’s a lot of things that would be transferrable to VR very quickly and would be immediately fun." Carrier also says, "I want to be in a room like the Clockwork Mansion and see the gears and see all the objects and look at them from very close because they are very beautiful and unique," adding, "part of the VR [experience] is also being somewhere; not only playing but just being somewhere and looking at the scenery and manipulating object."
However, Dishonored VR wouldn't just be a port of Dishonored 1 or 2. Carrier says, "I don’t believe that games could be ported on VR at the moment" as "they have to be thought about thoroughly and it has to be created for VR."
The level designer also suggests that in the VR version, the player's only method of movement would be Blink and "you wouldn't have all the fatalities" because "you're going to throw up." Arkane's sister studio Bethesda Game Studios added teleportation to Fallout 4 VR to avoid feelings of nausea, so clearly the Dishonored developer has been taking pointers.
As for how likely it is that Dishonored VR makes it past the consideration stage, fans needn't start kissing their lucky horseshoes. In addition to Fallout 4 VR, DOOM also has VR support and back E3 2016 in June, Bethesda's VP of marketing, Pete Hines, said that people should expect the company to "remain a leader" in the virtual reality space. Releasing Dishonored VR would definitely be in line with that leadership vision, so fans of the stealth gaming series should watch this space.
Dishonored 2 is set to release on November 11, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Dishonored VR is still in its nascent stages.