The long awaited sequel to Bethesda's hit 2012 game Dishonored is here. Announced at E3 2015, Dishonored 2 is out now, so here's what you need to know about Dishonored 2 news, deals, and all the upcoming DLC.
Bethesda announced various games at E3 2015, including Fallout Shelter, Elder Scrolls Legends and Battlecry but Dishonored 2 was undoubtedly one of the biggest announcements of the night. It represented the first time Bethesda had ever held a press conference at E3, and it went down a treat with gamers. Read on to find out more.
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Bethesda has announced the game's first two free content updates, designed to reward players who've already completed Dishonored 2 once - Click here to find out more.
Dishonored 2 UK release date: When did Dishonored 2 come out?
Dishonored 2 hit shelves in the UK (and the rest of the world) 11 November 2016. Dishonored 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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Dishonored 2 deals and pricing
Now that Dishonored 2 has been out for a little while, we're beginning to see some great deals appear for the game. The best out there right now for the UK comes from Game: it's selling the PS4 and Xbox One versions for £24.99, and a PC copy for just £19.99.
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And if you never played the first Dishonored and want to catch up before playing the newer game, you can get the Definitive Edition of Dishonored, which includes all the game's DLC, for £24.99 from Amazon.
Dishonored 2 Gameplay
So, what can you expect in terms of gameplay in Dishonored 2?
Unlike in the first Dishonored game, there are two main characters to play as; Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano. Corvo Attano is the guard-turned-assassin we all remember, and Emily Kaldwin is the daughter of the late Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, who you may remember was assassinated at the beginning of the first Dishonored game (and Emily is Corvo’s daughter too, incidentally).
However there’s a twist – you choose who you want to play as early on, and that choice is set for the whole game. There’s no switching between missions with this game, and both characters will offer very different styles of gameplay. “Emily fights with a little more finesse than Corvo does” Arkane Studios co-director Harvey Smith told Mashable. “Whereas Corvo has the very classic Possession, Rat Swarm, Blink, Emily has Far Reach, Shadow Walk, Mesmerize – these powers that nobody has heard of.”
Emily’s Far Reach power works quite differently to Corvo’s Blink power that veteran Dishonored fans are used to from the first game. Instead of using Blink to instantly teleport to another location, Emily shoots out a “magic tendril” that will pull the player towards its target. As you can imagine, this isn’t as stealthy as Corvo’s Blink power but comes with its own set of advantages:
“You can stick to walls, you can yank somebody toward you and assassinate them in mid-air, so you have these synced assassinations in mid-air,” Smith said. “It begins to feel different, and it adds momentum. You can run and jump and it has rope physics to it.”
Bethesda has announced the first of its DLC plans for Dishonored 2, with two entirely free updates on the way to the game.
Free Update 1 is released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on 19 December 2016, and adds a New Game Plus mode. Unlocked only after completing the game for the first time, it will let players create custom characters that mix and match the unique powers of Emily and Corvo. You'll also keep all the Bonecharm Traits and Runes collected on your first playthrough to use on the new character.
There'll be even more customisation in Free Update 2, which will arrive some time in January. That will include Mission Select and additional Custom Difficulty Settings, which will apparently allow you to tweak the game's challenge "based on a wide array of settings."
Dishonored 2 PC performance
Following the release of Dishonored 2, reports have been flooding in claiming that the PC variant of the game is 'broken' with a plethora of gameplay and performance issues. Gamers claim that computers that can run Battlefield 1 in Ultra settings can't even get Dishonored 2 to hit 30fps on medium settings. Following the outcry, Bethesda has responded with a list of tips and tricks to help PC gamers get the most out of the game while the company fixes the issues.
Gamers are advised to run the game in high to achieve the desired 60fps performance, and only those with PCs that "far exceed" those recommendation should try playing with Ultra settings enabled at this moment in time.
Two patches have been released to try and address the PC performance issues so far, and at least some of the problems have now been resolved.
Dishonored 2: Official trailers
Dishonored 2 comes from the award-winning Arkane Studios and takes your protagonist - choose between Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin - to the coastal city of Karnaca where the choices you make will have significant impact on the world.
Watch the release trailer here:
Watch the full E3 2016 gameplay trailer here:
Watch the full E3 2015 official trailer below:
Dishonored 2: Screenshots
Dishonored 2 is set in Karnaca, South of Dunwall.
The streets of Karnaca.
Princess Emily Kaldwin is all grown up.
Kirin Jindosh: Inventor, creator of Clockwork Soldiers and a student of Sokolov.
You can play as Emily or Corvo.
Bloodfly nests in corpses.