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Platform Win, 360, PS3 Publisher Bethesda Softworks Developer Arkane Studios Release Date 2012-10-09

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Dishonored review: Crime and punishment

DISHONORED ISN'T A SHOOTER — IT'S FOCUSED ON STEALTH AND TRAVERSAL Dishonored drops you into a Moby Dick-inspired dystopia of plague and political machinations. It tells the story of Corvo, a royal bodyguard framed for regicide and thrust into the murderous power struggle for the whaling city of Dunwall. I was given just enough time to grasp the comparatively mundane aspects of Dishonored's mad science and political intrigue before supernatural forces came into play. Unlikely allies human and otherwise offer tools and assistance in Corvo's quest for justice — or revenge. It takes place from a first-person perspective, but Dishonored isn't a shooter, as such. Instead, the focus is on stealth and traversal of the multi-tiered, open environments of Dunwall. Arkane...

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Strike Suit Zero, Dishonored and more available free on Xbox Live Gold in August

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get four free games in August, including Dishonored on Xbox 360 and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut on Xbox One, Microsoft announced today. Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (screenshot above) is the console version of Strike Suit Zero, the space dogfighting title from Born Ready Games that debuted on PC in January 2013. The director's cut was released in April 2014 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It will be available free to Xbox One owners from Aug. 1-31, along with Crimson Dragon, the Xbox One launch title from Grounding and Land Ho. The two free games on the Xbox 360 side will be split up over the course of the month, as usual. Bongfish's Motocross Madness will be available free from Aug. 1-15, while Arkane Studios' celebrated stealth action title D...

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BioShock Infinite and Skyrim, Borderlands 2 and Dishonored bundles also out for PC (correction)

Two new game bundles featuring four of the most well-received games of the past two years are available today, publishers 2K and Bethesda announced today. Players can now buy Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite paired with Bethesda Game Studios' The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim or Gearbox Software's Borderlands 2 packaged with Arkane Studios' Dishonored. The BioShock Infinite and Skyrim bundle also includes the original 2007 BioShock. Both bundles cost $29.99 and are available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Neither bundle includes additional downloadable content, which can be purchased separately. The bundles were first announced in early January. 2K and Bethesda previously teamed up in 2009 to publish a bundle featuring BioShock and The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion for Windows PC and Xbox...

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Bethesda and Irrational, Arkane and Gearbox teaming up for game bundles

Two sets of studios are teaming up to create game bundles featuring some of their most popular recent titles, according to a post on Bethesda's Blog. Arkane Studios is partnering with Gearbox Software to create a two-game bundle featuring Dishonored and Borderlands 2, and Bethesda is teaming up with Irrational Games to build a $29.99 game bundle featuring The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and BioShock Infinite. Both bundles, slated to launch on Feb. 11, will cost $29.99 and will be available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Both bundles do not include any DLC and will be available in North America only. We’re excited to be working with @IGLevine & @IrrationalGames to create a $29.99 bundle w/ Bioshock Infinite & Skyrim, out Feb 11th! — BethesdaGameStudios (@BGS_Devs) January 17, 2014 ...

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How Arkane is approaching next gen Dishonored

Although a sequel to Dishonored has yet to be officially announced, Bethesda's statement that the game has exceeded sales expectations and reached franchise status is as good as a confirmation. So what can we expect from a follow-up to one of last year's best titles? Arkane's co-creative director Raphael Colantonio believes next gen systems offer plenty of opportunity for exploration, as well as the possibility of some form of multiplayer options in the stealth adventure. "The next generation is mostly going to be about memory," he said, in an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun. "More memory means more entities, more density, more AI with more variations in their animations, bigger levels with less loading. "But the values we hold will remain the same. It's all about interactivity...

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Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches launches with a story trailer

The Brigmore Witches, the final piece of DLC to Arkane Studios'Dishonored, is now available on Xbox Live Arcade and Steam, with a PlayStation Network release planned for later today. The Brigmore Witches picks up from the previous DLC, The Knife of Dunwall, and players will be able to carry over their power, weapon and item upgrades, the world's Chaos level and the choices they've made in the prior story. Like The Knife of Dunwall, The Brigmore Witches stars master assassin Daud, who is haunted by his complicity in the murder of the Empress in the original game. Daud must seek out and dispatch Delilah, the head of the Brigmore Witch coven, before she can bring her foul magic to bear and cast a spell on him. He will also have to face the wrath of Corvo, the imperial bodyguard and...

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Dishonored Game of the Year Edition outed by Australian board

A Game of the Year Edition of Dishonored may be coming soon, if a new listing on the Australian Classification Board is anything to go by. The board lists the package as being rated MA 15+, the same rating as the original game. Such a collection would presumably include Dishonored and the downloadable expansions that have been released for it: Dunwall City Trials, which launched last December; The Knife of Dunwall, which came out this past April; and The Brigmore Witches, which will be released Aug. 13. You can check out our hands-on preview of The Brigmore Witches from QuakeCon 2013 here. The classification board's listing does not specify platforms except to say that the purported Game of the Year Edition would be a multiplatform title; Dishonored launched last October on Windows...

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Dishonored's new DLC expands Daud's arsenal, goes beyond Dunwall

Dishonored has been an unlikely success story for developer Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks — not because its creators' talent was previously unproven, but because new IP and stealth-based games rarely make splashes this big. The game has allowed Arkane to develop a handful of expansions for the title, and envision a future for the franchise beyond. It's rare for risks in the games industry to pay off so profoundly; a fact that designer Ricardo Bare does not take for granted. "Man, beyond words — it's been amazing," Bare said. "It's more than we hoped for; I mean, we hoped we'd make a good game and the people who like the kind of games we like would enjoy it, and that we would make enough money to make more games like that, which is always the goal. I think it's...

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QuakeCon 2013 sales live on Steam, iOS and Bethesda stores

In honor of QuakeCon 2013, sales on Bethesda-related titles are live on Steam, the iOS App Store and the Bethesda Store, according to a press release from Bethesda Softworks. Sales, dates and games broken down by store include the following. Steam Sale, Aug. 1-4 QuakeCon 2013 Pack, $89.99 (normally $343.99), which bundles 44 items, including the Commander Keen Complete Pack, Dishonored, Doom 3 BFG Edition, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind Game of the Year Edition, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Legendary Edition, Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition, Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition, Rage and Quake 4. Thursday, Aug. 1 — id Sale, all id Software games 75 percent off Friday, Aug. 2 — Fallout Sale, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas...

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QuakeCon to livestream Carmack's keynote, Elder Scrolls Online and more

In addition to studio co-founder John Carmack's keynote, QuakeCon 2013 will livestream its mainstage presentations, including gameplay of The Elder Scrolls Online, QuakeCon organizers announced today. The Elder Scrolls Online gameplay will be streamed through Bethesda's Twitch channel on Friday, Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Bethesda will host all other presentations and talks on its Twitch channel as well. On Saturday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. ET, id Software art director Hugo Martin will present "From Sketchbook to the Big Screen," a talk detailing how he designed concept art for the gigantic Jaegers mechs featured in Guillermo del Toro's recently released film, Pacific Rim. Other notable talks include an attendee-exclusive demo presentation of Tango Gamesworks' The Evil Within from Bethesda...

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North America
  • Windows
    • Released 10/09/2012
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer Arkane Studios
    • Score 9
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/09/2012
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer Arkane Studios
    • Score 9
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/09/2012
    • Publisher Bethesda Softworks
    • Developer Arkane Studios
    • Score 9
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