Bethesda announces “Dishonored,” a first-person action title under direction of Deus Ex lead designer

Bloody hell, this a big bundle of excitement from out of nowhere. In fact it's like waking up in mid-August to find out that it's Christmas and Santa Claus has delivered robo-dinosaurs. Rumoured last week, but now confirmed, Bethesda's new game, Dishonored, is not only a brand new IP, but it's one which seems to take some of the best elements from some of the finest and most revered works in gaming to date, blend them up, and cover them in sexy current-gen icing. Oh, and the blender and icing application are being conducted by a couple of the men responsible for some of those finest and most revered works in the first place.

Sounding, in terms of game mechanics at least, like a blend of Thief, Deus Ex and Hitman, Dishonored is (according to a recent tease by GameInformer) "a game about assassination where you don't have to kill anyone". It's "a game about infiltration where you can set up traps and slaughter the entire garrison of an aristocrat's mansion rather than sneak in. It's a game about brutal violence where you can slip in and out of a fortified barracks with nobody ever knowing you were there. It's a game about morality and player choice where the world you create is based on your actions, not navigating conversation trees."

Above: Yep, that's a steampunk Half-Life 2 alright. You can visit the recently launched official site for Dishonored, but there’s little there now except for a game logo

Bloody hell, tasty good? I'll take a dozen slices please. And what makes Dishonored an even tastier prospect is the talent involved. Co-Creative Director is one Harvey Smith, who's rather spectacular CV covers Wing Commander, System Shock, Deus Ex and Thief. The game's steampunk world is being visualised by Viktor Antonov. He was production designer on a game called Half-Life 2. It was pretty good.

As exciting as they undoubtedly are, I can now imagine Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Thi4f looking around and the spot where their pile of thunder once was and wondering who stole it. Between this and Bioshock Infinite, I currently could not be more excited about the near future of intelligent first-person gaming without dying in embarrassing spasms on the floor.

What do you reckon? With me, or needing to see more before you commit your hysterical giggling along with me.

July 07, 2011


  • kingsmikefan - July 7, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    I'll take a lot of that.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - July 7, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Might be ok I guess... Only kidding! That sounds fuckin' orgasmic!!!
  • DeifiedData - July 7, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Does anyone know if this game will be developed by Bethesda, or only published? Because Bethesda has a weird way of developing awesome games and publishing terrible ones. It sounds interesting, yes, but who knows. Could turn out to be the next Wet or Brink or, god forbid, Rogue Warrior.
  • Gotxxrock - July 7, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    Geeze, what a jab at Bioware: "...It's a game about morality and player choice where the world you create is based on your actions, not navigating conversation trees." DAYUUUUUUM.
  • Gameguy94 - July 7, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    Bethesda seems to be really making a name for themselves after the release of Fallout 3. This is good. Prey 2, Rage, Fallout, Elder Scrolls 5, and Brink. Here's a toast to Bethesda as a publisher!
  • Jedipimp0712 - July 7, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    sounds good. but does anybody remember when there was this little B title called too human who tried to do something similar? they copied a great game (Diablo 2) and then made it futuristic steam punk. until we know more, who's to say this isnt just going to be a flop? ok, so after playing devils advocate, that sounds fucking AMAZING!!! lets hope it turns out great!
  • NightAce84 - July 7, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    I just messed myself. As a self-proclaimed Bethesda fanboy, this is absolutely incredible news.
  • Thequestion 121 - July 7, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Sweet! Sounds like an awesome game!
  • Yeager1122 - July 7, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Sounds good but ill need even a little bit of footage before i jump to any conclusions about it.
  • ParanoidAndroid - July 7, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Doesn't look very steampunk to me. Anywho this sounds most promising.
  • jackthemenace - July 7, 2011 4 p.m.

    Like what Arucard04 said, It sounds great, but so did ODST and Dantes Inferno, and they were both quite disappointing. But, bethesda are the guys behind both The Elder Scrolls, AND the two most recent Fallouts, both of which are games that are adept at letting you play teh game the way YOU want to play it. I'll need proof, but I am now very excited
  • reson8er - July 7, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Conceptually it sounds fantastic, but its takes a lot, A LOT of skill to blend all elements of those amazing games into a cohesive package. I would love nothing more than for them to nail it, but I am cautiously optimistic until I at least see some gameplay of it.
  • MACGRUBER7693 - July 7, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    While I like the idea of you actually having to do the choices you make instead of just choosing them in a dialouge tree, I still hope there will be traditional dialogue trees as well. You can choose what you say but you have to do what you choose. That's what I would like to see.
  • Baron164 - July 7, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    Sounds good but games almost always SOUND good, I'll be curious what the final product looks like.
  • smallberry - July 7, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    Next they'll tell us to expect it in 2013. Seriously though it sounds amazing.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 7, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    holy shit this sounds good, im glad intelligent first person shooters havent died out to the call of duty craze just yet, with this an infinite my life is sorted!
  • Austin_SJ - July 7, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    Yes!!! This gen needs new IPs to keep it going. I can only take so many sequels.
  • shinyscizor93 - July 7, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Sounds very interesting, but as much as I love Bethesda's work, I'm gonna need a little bit more before I start doing back flips.
  • winner2 - July 7, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    I dunno...I really won't be able to make an opinion till I see actual footage, considering i've never played any of the games mentioned. The assassination/infiltration areas of gaming have always been a favorite of mine though.
  • Arucard04 - July 7, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Sounds good on paper. I'll wait a bit before deciding that waiting for it to release is the only thing I do in life, but yeah. The potential is there.

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