Bethesda Softworks confirmed that it will be releasing a brand new action game called Dishonored for the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Reviews are predicting a violent and fun, yet different type of game.
The game is set for release in 2012 and its development is coming under Arkane Studio. This makes Dishonored its first venture since ZeniMax obtained the studio in 2010. Harvey Smith (lead designer on Deus Ex) and Raphael Colatonio (lead designer on Arx Fatalis) are the co-creative directors, which is exciting news due to their reputations. These two guys bring strong leadership and high expectations given their more than flourishing design backgrounds. Smith in 2006 won the Game Designer’s Challenge: Nobel Peace Prize at the Game Developers Conference. Colatonio has contributed to enormously successful games such as Bioshock 2 and Call of Duty: World At War.
Details of the game have not been openly talked about for all who have been searching. There are only vague signs and clues such as the layout being a first person game with extensive depth and decision-making. The gameplay and story line has to do with the judgments and decisions in the heart of the gamer. Many choices will have to be made. You the user have the power to continue through the game evasively without ever having to kill anyone, or you are given the choice to slaughter numerous people, while destroying everything in your way. Yes, you can go absolutely crazy if you want, which is always a great option. However, it is encouraged to be careful when making these powerful decisions throughout the story. The choices you make will affect the events to come later in the game, and how the people respond around you. Actions and decisions that are made will have consequences, so be cautious or not, it is all on you.
Dishonored is due out next year.