Dishonored trailer sneaks onto the web

Dishonored might just be my most anticipated game of 2012. It looks like a mash-up of BioShock, Thief, and Assassin’s Creed set in a Dickensian world with plenty of steampunk influences. Check out the new trailer, which offers four minutes of footage and nicely sets the stage.

The lack of gameplay is disappointing, but the cinematic video still sends a shiver down my spine. The world looks beautifully crafted, and even if the in-game graphics aren’t quite as good, they certainly share the same unique style. The screenshots on display at the official Dishonored site look very slick indeed.

Arkane Studios is behind the game, and this interview with the creative directors provides some insight into how it will play. Dishonored is set in an open world that seems to give players quite a lot of freedom in how they approach individual missions. Stealth factors heavily into the gameplay, but there are avenues for a more aggro approach, as well.

Amazon’s pre-order page says Dishonored will be released on December 31, which is likely a placeholder based on the game’s “2012” release time frame. The game is coming to consoles in addition to the PC, where it will unfortunately fall under the Games for Windows umbrella. Let’s hope it’s available through Steam, as well.

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    • rjseo1
    • 8 years ago
    • thesmileman
    • 8 years ago

    Top quality voice acting on that first guy. With quality like he should be hired for the Witcher 3.

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 8 years ago

    This looks badass. But I’m really looking forward to Diablo III the most.

    • zimpdagreene
    • 8 years ago

    If the game play uses the same engine that they use for this trailer then I will buy it just because of that.

    • Silus
    • 8 years ago

    Looks good, but damn I thought that screenshot would be from a Skyrim DLC…

    Come on Bethesda release at least some info on Skyrim’s DLC!!!

    • Vasilyfav
    • 8 years ago

    “We couldn’t wait for Valve to make HL:E3, so we made our own” – Bethesda

      • Silus
      • 8 years ago

      If that even made sense it would actually be – “Hey look we and Arkane Studios made a full game in less time than Valve to to release a simple episode of Half Life 2 that was promised 5 years ago” – Bethesda

      That’s the difference between a competent company and a lazy one. One does it, the other says it will do it, but then doesn’t.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 8 years ago

        Since 2006 the list of games developed by Bethesda:
        Fallout 3
        Skyrim

        Since 2006 the list of games developed by Valve:
        Half-Life 2 ep 2
        Portal
        Portal 2
        Left4Dead
        Left4Dead2
        Dota2
        Team Fortress 2

          • SPOOFE
          • 8 years ago

          Nobody’s saying Valve didn’t make a bunch of games. They’re just saying Valve didn’t make Episode 3.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            And that makes them lazy?

            • SPOOFE
            • 8 years ago

            It makes them wrong, that’s for sure. Who said anything about “lazy”?

    • rhysl
    • 8 years ago

    Seen the screen shots .. mmm not convinced.

    • Corrado
    • 8 years ago

    Not sure if anyone noticed, but Harvey ‘Witchboy’ Smith is working on this game. Harvey Smith of System Shock and Deus Ex fame. My interest is piqued.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Wow… Well I never looked into this game till you posted it here. This definitely looks like something worth watching. I LOVE dystopia and cyber/steampunk settings, mainly because all the games that have been done in them have been really well done and the setting hasn’t been wrecked yet. This should be a great game as it’s made by Bethesda, I’ll withhold my gleeful jumping kid clapping inside till more comes to light though.

    • rjseo
    • 8 years ago
      • Byte Storm
      • 8 years ago

      Banhammer incoming! (I hope)

    • kvndoom
    • 8 years ago

    Assassin’s Edge? Mirror’s Creed? Not sure.

    • phileasfogg
    • 8 years ago

    Let’s see – the tagline is “Revenge Solves Everything” and with a title that contains the string ‘Dish’ in its name, is this a game best served cold?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    Without gameplay I don’t get excited any more(dead island).

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    No demo? No gameplay video? In that case it isn’t even a blip on my radar. Cinematics mean NOTHING.

      • paulsz28
      • 8 years ago

      What if those cinematics were rendered with the same engine you’ll use during the game? Man, this looked REALLY good. Did anyone else get vertigo when after he was running on the roof and looked over the ledge at 2:38?? That’s how good the graphics/depth of field/shadows/smoke/etc. looked to me.

      The game certianly looks VERY interesting. Will follow this as updates come out.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        but its not. have you seen the screen shots.

          • paulsz28
          • 8 years ago

          Oh, meh, not as good as the video. Kinda looks like HL2 level of graphics. Not bad, still kinda good, but not BF3 or CryEngine 3 level stuff.

        • Duck
        • 8 years ago

        Can’t you see the difference between ray tracing and rasterization?

        • Meadows
        • 8 years ago

        Only old and genetically ill people get vertigo from computer or movie graphics.

      • quincunx
      • 8 years ago

      Not exactly gameplay, but there is some in-game engine footage in this one:
      [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zze1wpwVl7c[/url<]

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      I’m assuming the name Bethesda speaks louder then a demo, gameplay, or cinematic though.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 8 years ago

        You simply can’t trust a developer anymore. You’re literally going to have to start keeping track of individuals instead of whole developers because the “good” ones are either pushed out the door or they leave on their own accord to pursue something better….

      • humannn
      • 8 years ago

      Because EVERYTHING is about gameplay and graphics, and story/concept mean nothing. Not even a blip. Got it.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 8 years ago

        Most of the video was an action sequence. Cinematic actions sequences in a video game–an interactive medium–is a bad thing.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 8 years ago

    Okay, it worked–now I’m interested. I’ll be following the previews and reviews for this.

    • NeelyCam
    • 8 years ago

    Skyrim > Oblivion >> everything else.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe for boring me 🙂

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      I sense a bias.

    • willyolio
    • 8 years ago

    steampunk assassin’s creed = awesome.

    i sincerely hope that it’s a bit more RPG-like, though… a little like fallout. let me choose my own killing style…

      • allreadydead
      • 8 years ago

      that game was already made and named Deus Ex.

        • willyolio
        • 8 years ago

        i believe Deus Ex was set in a dystopian future, not a steampunk alternate reality. perhaps i should play it again to check?

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          Also, it was cyberpunk, not steampunk.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            This game here seems like both.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            I didn’t see any computers.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            A computer is not the only “modern technology” in existence.

          • allreadydead
          • 8 years ago

          It was meant to reply 2nd part of your post; The assassin’s creed like game with RPG elements ala Fallout game. Didnt want to mean Deus Ex is steampunk

            • willyolio
            • 8 years ago

            i also don’t recall any parkour in Deus Ex. The times i spent on rooftops were usually after my helicopter pilot dropped me off on one.

    • Welch
    • 8 years ago

    I’m interested as all hell about this game. This is the first I’ve even heard of it. Its a Bethesda game so I’ve got a lot of faith that it will kick ass. Not to mention the above video/storyline and the entire feel of the time period mixed with old English and modern machinery looks completely bad ass.

    This is now my number 1 anticipated game of 2012 also :).

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      i’m quite excited for darksiders 2. i liked the first one quite a bit.

        • Welch
        • 8 years ago

        Interesting… Another game I know nothing about, just watched a trailer on Darksiders 1. Interested, horrible WoW like graphics but the story seems interesting enough.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          the first one is from early 2010. if you like zelda style games, with WAY better (bloodier) combat, it’s a great game. it’s also 20$ on steam.

      • vargis14
      • 8 years ago

      Welch i agree almost completely with you that i could have copy and pasted your whole comment,but after so many awesome game trailers that looked quite so promising, but game play was lacking to say the least i am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that Bethesda pulls a game play rabbit out of there hat.
      They have a pretty interesting story line to start with revenge being the baseline.I hope the story unfolds like reading a good book.Combine that with with everyones hopes of great game play.It has the making of game of the year.
      I find it very hard to find good single player games that will keep my attention,that trailer sure did though.
      I loved the lack of hesitation when he slit the guys throat,wish they would have added a couple heartbeat squirts while he convulsed on the ground.

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