Note: The European PlayStation 3 release will be in the afternoon tomorrow.
Today at 1:30 pm est, we’ll be doing our first Twitch.TV livestream — showcasing the Rothwild Slaughterhouse. On hand to present the area will be the add-ons Creative Director, Ricardo Bare.
During the stream, we’ll be fielding questions from the community — both at Twitch.TV/Bethesda and looking at tweets sent to @Dishonored with the hashtag #DishonoredTwitch.
And as a reminder, The Knife of Dunwall releases tomorrow on Xbox 360, Steam, and PlayStation 3 (PS3 players in Europe will be able to download on Wednesday).
You’ve played the role of the Empress’ protector, and now you will experience Dishonored from the other side of the coin. Watch our newly released trailer for Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall, which puts you in the role of Daud — the assassin responsible for Empress Jessamine’s death.
Big thanks to Mayank Tiwari (aka KryoSound) for helping with the trailer’s music!
The Knife of Dunwall releases this coming Tuesday, April 16th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC for $9.99 (or 800 Microsoft Points). To learn more about the content, be sure to watch our first Twitch.TV Live Stream — planned for Monday at 1:30 pm est.
Watch the third part of our Golden Cat walkthrough, featuring commentary from co-creative directors Raf Colantonio and Harvey Smith.
Watch the video and learn new details about the game’s systems and mechanics.
After picking up the Action-Adventure Game of the Year from the VGAS, Dishonored has continued to possess the hearts and minds of critics. Announced earlier today, Dishonored received four nominations from the Game Developers Choice Awards, including Best Game Design, Best Visuals Arts, Best Narrative and, overall Game of the Year. For more, visit the awards’ official website.
In other award news, we’re two weeks away from the 16th Annual DICE Awards, where Dishonored is nominated for five awards. Nominations include Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction and Adventure Game of the Year.
Additional web highlights to check out include:
- PC Gamer – What if Dishonored was an early 80s text-adventure? PC Gamer fantasizes about such a prospect.
- Electric Playground – Learn what’s on Harvey Smith’s mind in a new interview for the EP podcast
- Unleash the Fanboy– Recounting favorite moments of 2012, the site recounts “… the intoxicating view of the Victorian, steam-punk city of Dunwall.”
- PC Games N – Read how the game’s Heart changed robzacny’s approach to the game, and creating a “balancing act between moral vanity and damnation”.
With so many things to love about Dishonored, OXM UK recently put together a wishlist for a Dishonored follow up. Read the article and share your ideas in the comment section below.
“What makes the characters of Dishonored unique, is that fact that we have chosen them to be peculiar and with a clear identity since the beginning.” - Florence Lapalu, Lead 3D Character Artist
Dishonored’s exaggerated character designs have received plenty of attention, and this week you can get a closer look at Florence’s contributions to the game at ZBrushCentral.com. To learn more about the creation of Dishonored’s characters and world, be sure to watch our archived behind-the-scenes look here.
Nominations for the 10th Annual SPIKE Video Game Awards were announced today and we’re happy to share that both Dishonored and Dawnguard received nominations. Huge congrats to both Arkane Studios and Bethesda Game Studios for this well-deserved honor.
Here’s the nomination breakdown:
Game of the Year
Best XBOX 360 Game
Best PS3 Game
Best Action Adventure Game
Studio of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Best DLC – Dawnguard
- Trying to be the master of stealth? Both Gamespot and PC Gamer provide lessons on playing through the game without being detected or killing anyone.
- Haven’t decided what platform to play Dishonored on? Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry joins Gamespot in breaking down how game looks across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
- The always-entertaining Giant Bomb team give Dishonored a 42-minute “quick look” – courtesy of Patrick Klepek and Ryan Davis.
- In an interview with Kotaku, Harvey Smith reveals why Dishonored doesn’t have “Boss Monsters”. For more interviews with Harvey, visit Pure Sophistry and CNN.
- WhatCulture.com shares 10 reasons you should play Dishonored immediately.
- IGN examines multiple paths for playing through Dishonored’s first assassination mission.
- Raf and Harvey relax with Xbox’s Major Nelson. Listen to the latest podcast on iTunes.
If you haven’t picked it up already, Dishonored is now available across North America (and France)! In the photo above, members of the Arkane team in Austin celebrate during last night’s midnight launch party at GameStop.
For more on the game, check out the latest reviews
1Up (A+) - “expect to see Dishonored hovering at or around the top of just about everyone’s list.”
Entertainment Weekly (A-) - Smart, thrilling, and unsettling, Dishonored is the best surprise of the season.
411 Mania – (9/10) – “It’s great to see a game that gives the full freedom of killing as many or as little people as you want. Definitely check this out.”
Complex - ”Dishonored is the type of game that begs to be played over and over”
GameFront (9/10) - ”Dishonored’s creators have obviously put a lot of passion into the project, and the result is a great experience that offers new additions to some phenomenal classic formulas. The game feels like a conversation between player and creator, and those are often the best experiences in the medium.”Paste Magazine - But the genius of Dishonored is how subtly its fiction and mechanics work together to draw the player into its world.
Impulse Gamer (9.3) – “Dishonored is the thinking man’s first person shooter but throw those guns away as there are so many more interesting ways to take on your enemies. With a great protagonist, interesting characters and well-written story, it’s games like Dishonored that really make you sit up and take notice.”
Xbox Addict (96%) – “One of the biggest innovations of Dishonored is how the game itself will adapt to your play style and base how the game unfolds on your Chaos rating.”
GameTrailers (8.7/10) – “It’s an interesting and often invigorous experience.”
Gaming-Age (A-) - If you’re in the mood for something fresh and unique, and legitimately fun to play, then Dishonored definitely fits that bill.
Cheat Code Central (5.0) - ”Dishonored is incredible both as a game and as a work of art.”
GameRevoluttion (4.5/5) - Dishonored is unquestionably Game of the Year material.
Inc Gamers (9/10) - “Despite all of its different elements, it’s a cohesive, intuitive experience. Not once do you feel as though you’re being cheated or told to do something.”
Penny Arcade Report - “Fans of the Deus Ex series are going to be very happy with Dishonored, and players will be sharing their stories and interesting moments on forums and Twitter for weeks after release.”
The Sixth Axis (9/10) - Perhaps the most striking thing about Dishonored is the way the later stages of the game change, depending on how you’ve approached earlier missions.
For more Dishonored goodness, be sure to check out these additional items
ThisIsMyJoystick interview with Sebastien Mitton and Viktor Antonov
Additionally, be sure to watch the ongoing look at the game from the always-entertaining Yogscast.