Dishonored roundup

Nearly a month has passed since Dishonored’s launch, but the web is still full of stories related to the game. Here’s some highlights worth checking out…

Definitely start with GameFront’s 1-On-1 feature with Dishonored’s Lead Designer, Ricardo Bare. The article examines his career — going full circle from Deus Ex to Dishonored. Here’s a quick tease from the article:

“A twelve-year gaming industry veteran, he made his bones as a junior designer on the original Deus Ex, a game he acknowledges is the spiritual predecessor to Dishonored. An impressive achievement in universe-building and gameplay, Dishonored is built around his view that interactivity, more than story, is key to making a great game. But Bare also writes fiction, with several published short stories and his debut novel due for release in spring, 2013.”

Elsewhere, check out these links:

Finally, GamesRadar recently ranked their Top 100 Heroes from games and Corvo cracked the list at #67. Joining him on the list was Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz (#93) and Skyrim’s , Dovahkiin at #71.
Spotted a cool Dishonored news story or video? Hit us up at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Show us your costume

Who are you going as for Halloween tomorrow night? Vault Boy? Dovahkiin? Pinky?

One thing’s for sure, Joe Swedenhjelm from Iowa has a costume ready to go, as he was recently announced as the winner of GamesRadar’s Dishonored sweepstakes – winning a custom-made version of Corvo’s mask and jacket.

As you finalize your costumes and jack-o-laterns, be sure to take pics and share them with us. We’ll do a roundup of our favorite later this week.

More Dishonored content on the way

Finish Dishonored, already? Completed a non-lethal playthrough, too? Congrats on being a true supernatural assassin! We recommend you continue honing your skills in preparation for the game’s upcoming game add-on content, Dunwall City Trials.

Dunwall City Trials will arrive simultaneously on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360. Details on this add-on, as well as future plans, are outlined below:

Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, being released in December for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points), will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Ten distinct trials await challengers – including an arena battle against waves of enemy AI, a gravity-defying run of drop assassinations, and a race against the clock. Dunwall City Trials also features a whole new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard that will establish the greatest assassins for each challenge.

The second and third add-ons for Dishonored will be coming in 2013 and will each feature story-driven campaigns. Pricing on these two packs will be revealed closer to launch.

Daud, the leader of a group of supernatural assassins known as ‘The Whalers’, will be the focus of the second add-on pack, scheduled for release in early Spring 2013. Make your way through new Dunwall locales and discover Daud’s own set of weapons, powers and gadgets in this story-driven campaign. How you play and the choices you make will impact the final outcome…

Additional story details on the third add-on pack will be revealed closer to its launch next year.

Stay tuned for more details.

Dishonored Remix Contest Finalists

The Dishonored Remix Contest entries are in, and we’ve been idly whistling and quietly commenting on your songs in the hallways of Bethesda for the past few weeks. Now the Lord Remix has finally passed down his judgment, and we are left with these ten musical assasssins:

  • Eddy Charlton
  • Mayank
  • Chris Williams
  • Kamil Wolter
  • Triune
  • Alex Simescu
  • Kjell Anderson
  • Marcus Banks
  • Robert Robinson
  • Xavier Paciocc

If you’re on this list, you’ve won a Dishonored t-shirt, a poster and a copy of the game. We’ll also be posting each of the finalists’ tracks next week for you to enjoy. Thanks to everyone for entering!

Dishonored Contest: Show Us Your Killer Moves

We’ve already seen some amazing displays of Dishonored skill on YouTube. Now we want to see what you can really do — and we’re putting up a cool prize.

Starting today, we’re looking for the most creative power combos, the craziest kill moves and the sneakiest feats of stealth on YouTube. To enter the contest, simply upload a direct capture Dishonored video clip to YouTube — under 60 seconds and at 720p quality — by 11:59pm EST on October 31.

There are two ways to submit your entry:

1. Email us a link to your video at “bethblog@bethsoft.com” with subject line “Dishonored Killer Moves”

2. Tweet a link to your video with hashtag “#DishonoredKillerMoves”

If we like your clip, we’ll request your high-quality raw video file from you, so hold on to that. We’ll then include your footage in a compilation video and credit you appropriately, while the player with the most impressive clip will win a framed Dishonored painting (pictured here). Preference will be given to clips with music disabled, and direct capture is a must.

For all of the details and rules, click through. Good luck!

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Dishonored news & reviews

Here’s a quick look at the latest Dishonored news from around the web…
  • 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.
After the break, check out a sampling of the game’s latest reviews.

London’s ‘The Shard’ Receives Whalepunk Makeover

Happy Friday, everyone — especially to Europeans that can now purchase Dishonored!

To celebrate the today’s release date, our London office coordinated with visual design director Viktor Antonov and art director Sebastien Mittion to Dishonor-ize one of London’s most recognizable buildings, “The Shard”.

To see more pics, visit the official website of the UK newspaper,  The Daily Record.

After the break, see the latest news and reviews for Dishonored…

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Grab the Official Map App for Dishonored – Now Available on Android

Stuck trying to track down all of Dishonored’s secrets? You can now download BradyGames Official Map App — available for $2.99 for both iOS and Android devices.

This fully interactive map app reveals the game’s many collectibles. Use this app to locate all the hard-to-find items in the game. Over 30 maps complete with items and tips for finding the following:

  • Runes
  • Bone Charms
  • Books
  • Outsider Shrines
  • Sokolov Paintings

Download for iOS
Download for Android

Now Available: Happy Launch Day for Dishonored!

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

Game Informer  and Kotaku give pointers for getting started with the game.

ThisIsMyJoystick interview with Sebastien Mitton and Viktor Antonov

Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Alec Meer, Jim Rossignol, Adam Bessemer, and  John Walker provide an entertaining commentary of the game. Elsewhere on their site, be sure to read Alec’s dissection of the game.

Additionally, be sure to watch the ongoing look at the game from the always-entertaining Yogscast.

Still waiting for Dishonored to release? The game releases in Spain/Australia/New Zealand this Thursday and hits the rest of the world on Friday!