Today we’re looking at the latest highlights for Dishonored, including the first coverage for the game’s upcoming add-on, The Knife of Dunwall.
First, let’s give a hand to Arkane Studios and all our Dishonored fans. Last night at GDC’s Game Developers Choice Awards, the game took home the first-ever Audience Award!
At PAX East and across Europe, gaming journalists got their first chance to play The Knife of Dunwall, which puts you in control of Daud — the legendary assassin responsible for the murder of Empress Jessamine. In a new video up at GameTrailers (and embedded above), you’ll get your first glimpse look at gameplay.
“From our playthrough of the first mission of The Knife of Dunwall, it’s clear that no expense has been spared in offering more full-fledged missions that leverage and expand upon the design principles established by Dishonored’s unique environment design and stealth gameplay.”
Good news, Dishonored fans! We can confirm today that Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill) will return as the voice of Daud in both of Dishonored’s upcoming add-ons, next month’s The Knife of Dunwall and later this year, The Brigmore Witches.
We’ll have more details on The Knife of Dunwall this week, including its very first previews. In the meantime, scope out our Facebook and Twitter pages for new concept art from Arkane Studios.
If you’ve finished Dishonored, you’re familiar with the song “Honor for All”. The game’s composer, Daniel Licht, recently uploaded an acoustic version of the track to his YouTube channel — featuring the haunting lyrics of his nephew, Jon Licht, who co-wrote and performed the track for the end credits.
Those that have played Dishonored vividly can recall the actions of Daud – the legendary assassin that puts the game’s plot into motion. Beginning April 16th, you’ll return to this fateful moment and play the role of Daud in the story-driven add-on, The Knife of Dunwall.
Features of the new DLC include:
New Powers, Weapons and Gadgets – The mark of the Outsider empowers you with unique supernatural abilities. Call upon the Whalers to assist in combat with ‘Summon Assassin’, track down hidden Runes and Bone Charms with ‘Void Gaze’ and learn to use new variations to powers, including ‘Blink’. To aid in your dangerous exploits your customized arsenal of weapons and gadgets will include Chokedust to daze your enemies, whale oil powered Stun Mines to shock your targets, and a concealed Wristbow to launch sleep darts and explosive bolts.
Explore More of Dunwall –Make your way through the Legal District and infiltrate the Rothwild Slaughterhouse, a steaming factory filled with colossal whale carcasses and their hulking butchers. Revisit the decaying Flooded District, the location of Daud’s hidden base, first seen in the original game. Return to the scenes of key events in Dishonored with a new perspective, including the fateful moment that sets off Corvo’s journey.
Choose Your Path – On your search for answers, approach each mission with your own style. Your redemption – or your turn towards darkness – depends on your skills and the decisions you make. Discover the mystery behind Delilah in this stand-alone chapter, and then conclude Daud’s story in the upcoming final add-on, The Brigmore Witches.
The Knife of Dunwall will be available on April 16th on PlayStation 3 and Steam ($9.99), as well as on Xbox 360 for 800 Microsoft points. Stay tuned for new information on the content.
Whether you’ve got a hot date with the one you love or spending the night alone playing games, Dishonored wants to be your Valentine. And if you’re looking the perfect card, this Dishonored collection comes by way of QA Tester Marisa Lyon.
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.
Haven’t picked up Dishonored yet? Between now and January 27th, GameStop is giving away Dishonored’s first DLC, Dunwall City Trials, as well as the official game guide from Brady Games, to anyone that purchases Dishonored on PC, PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360.
Note: This offer is in-store only and while supplies last.