Stealth Answers from Arkane

It’s Friday and we’ve got more of your Dishonored questions answered by co-creators Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio:

Q: Does the AI stay aggressive after your character has been spotted or can it become unsuspecting again when hiding? Also, will guards alert other guards of your presence? (Fabian K.)

A: The AI has several states of “alertness“, so it goes from totally unsuspecting, to suspecting, to aware, to search, then it cools down to search patrol in high alert but it never cools down to the initial state. Also, AI communicate their level of alertness to allies within range and therefore they let each other know about the presence of the player when he’s been spotted.

Q: Will there be a “game plus ” after completing the game and having all the powers and upgrades for this ” game plus “? (Sea Gull)

A: We encourage multiple playthroughs with Dishonored as 1) you can’t get all the powers and upgrades in one playthrough, and 2) there are different endings based on how you play: surgical assassin or sneaker vs. brutal killer.

Looking to get a question on Dishonored answered? Post your questions in the comment section.

Weekly Dishonored Q&A

Update: Regarding the question about how long Dishonored will be, co-creative director Harvey Smith added the following in a tweet today:

Regarding play-time in #Dishonored: Very direct players finish in ~12 hours and explorers who eavesdrop finish in ~24.

Over the last week, we’ve collected your Dishonored questions both here on the blog and on our Facebook pages. To answer the first batch of questions we have  co-creative directors, Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio.

Q: How does mana work in Dishonored?

A: A small portion of the mana bar regens; just enough to use powers like Blink and Dark Vision, making them basically free. Beyond that, for the expensive powers like Possession or Bend Time, the player must rely on Piero’s Spiritual Remedy (mana potions).

Q: How many different powers will there be?

A: There are six major active powers and four enhancements (passive powers), in addition to weapons and gadgets; plus there are 40 bone charms in the game that grant small supernatural perks. But no one can have all of these things in one playthrough.

Q: How long will the game be?

A: Play-style matters a lot. Very direct players will probably get through the game in 12 or 14 hours. Explorers who eavesdrop a lot will take twice as long.

Thanks for the great questions. If there’s something you’d like to know about Dishonored, post your question here on the blog or at https://facebook.com/dishonored

Dishonored arrives October 9th

In a press release this morning, we announced that Dishonored, the supernatural assassin action game under development at Arkane Studios, will be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Games for Windows in North America on October 9th, 2012 and throughout Europe on October 12th, 2012.

In the Flickr slideshow below, check out high resolution packaging for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Dishonored preview blowout

In the past few weeks, members of Arkane have traveled to New York, LA, and across Europe to show off new areas in Dishonored. The above image comes from their stop in London, where (from left) Viktor Antonov, Sebastien Mitton, Harvey Smith, Raphael Colantonio, and Dinga Bakaba) enjoyed relaxing in a room you might recognize from the 2011 Best Picture Winner, The King’s Speech.

While the Arkane crew works away in Lyon, France and Austin, TX, coverage from their tour has started appearing today.

We start at Kotaku, where where Stephen Totilo reveals 18 Things About Dishonored That You Should Know. Here’s one to get you started:

#7 In this game, there are lots of ways to do the same thing. Take the Bathhouse building I saw during the demo. It’s where the action was going to be. And while we could possess a fish to go inside, there were supposedly seven other ways to get in there, too.

On Machinima, watch a 7-minute interview with the game’s co-creative directors, Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith. That and more after the break.

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Dishonored Roundup

Following last week’s debut trailer, gaming press have begun dissecting and analyzing the video with hopes of finding new information on the game. Check these sites for recaps:

If last week’s trailer was your introduction to Dishonored, below is a recap of previous coverage on the game.

Game Informer revealed Dishonored last summer with their August cover story. Visit their Dishonored hub and watch the following videos featuring members of Arkane’s team.

More recently, first looks at gameplay were included in interviews with Gamespot and Xplay. Watch these videos.
  • Gamespot — Creating Steampunk Beauty
  • Gamespot — Stealthy, Gruesome Murder
  • Xplay — First Look Preview

Now that you’re up to speed, be on the lookout for new impressions of the game this week.

Watch the debut trailer for Dishonored

Watch the all-new debut trailer for Dishonored, our upcoming 2012 release from Arkane Studios.

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.

In Dishonored, creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine the numerous supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.

For more on the game, visit these links:

Official Website
YouTube
Twitter
Facebook
Official Forums

Dishonored coverage hits worldwide

Gaming press from around the globe recently visited Arkane Studios’ Lyon office for a new look at Dishonored. Check exclusive in-game footage at Gamespot — featuring commentary from the game’s co-creative directors, Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith. And for our worldwide audience, get additional info at these sites.

Stay tuned for more on the game, and if you’re looking for more content, don’t forget to check out Game Informer’s cover story hub from last year.

Learn more about the Dishonored dev team

Along with all the excitement and hoopla that followed Game Informer’s announcement of Dishonored, we received plenty of questions from folks that wanted to learn more about the dev team working on the game. To help answer these questions, the team at Arkane recently put together a helpful FAQ in the game’s official forums. Read it below…

Q: Who is developing Dishonored? I’ve heard that people from Arx Fatalis, Bioshock 2, Half-Life 2, Dark Messiah, and the original Deus Ex are onboard.

A: Our full team (with offices in Lyon, France and Austin, TX) is working on Dishonored. Many of our team members have worked on the titles mentioned above (in addition to others), and we all feel very lucky to be working together on this project.

Between now and the game’s release, we’ll share new details on our team and studios.

Q: And what about the involvement with Bethesda/Todd Howard/ZeniMax/etc/.?

A: Arkane Studios is now part of the ZeniMax family and our future titles, beginning with Dishonored , will be published by Bethesda. Todd and the rest of Bethesda Game Studios are not working on Dishonored — as you know they’re putting the final touches on Skyrim (which we can’t wait to play!).

While we’re not working directly with BGS, it’s great that we’re able to regularly talk, share ideas, and trade feedback.

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Modeling Morality: The Chaos Of Dishonored at GameInformer.com

In Game Informer’s latest feature for Dishonored, Adam Biessener chats with Harvey Smith and Rafael Colantonio to learn more about Arkane’s “chaos system” approach for handling player choice, as well as how the system differs from  morality systems seen in other games.

Head over to GI’s site and watch the 10-minute interview here.