Dishonor Before Death

While Bethesda Softworks‘ teased reveal for today wasn’t an announcement of Skyrim DLC or an expansion, like many expected, we’re still not disappointed.

Instead, the company revealed the debut trailer for Arkane Studios’ Dishonored, a new PC game that appears to combine first-person hand-to-hand action and assassination with supernatural powers, set in a dystopian future run by an oppressive regime.

Envision it as the bastard love child of Assassin’s Creed and Bioshock.

The Dishonored website offers a little more info on the game: you’re the Empress’s former elite bodyguard, who now stands framed for her murder. You’ve got a vast array of gadgets and mystical powers at your disposal, and you can choose to embrace nobility or savagery through your actions — i.e., a morality system: “Decide your approach for each mission, and the outcomes will change as a result.”

There’s no release date for Dishonored, but this is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with Gamebreaker.tv, he also blogs about video games at http://jasonwinter.wordpress.com.
  • http://twitter.com/crocodilius ryan phillips

    starts off kind of like Oblivion and Skyrim, eh? Bethesda loves their shackles and prisons.

  • StigtriX

    This looks so sweet! I love the art style and the graphics. I just hope the gameplay will be as good as it looks.

  • http://twitter.com/Deilwynna Johan Bärtzner

    imo, this is a bit overhyped, wont be much different to assasin’s creed from what i see except that its in fps instead of tps

  • http://twitter.com/trippingpossum David Gordon

    Looks fascinating, but hard to tell from that what the game will really be like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.golightly Tony Golightly

    Dear Bethesda;

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY.

    seriously i already would preorder this. it’s given me an assassin creed feeling with a bit of bioshock, sounds awesome. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Noa/100000016129555 Ivan Noa

    sick sick sick

  • http://twitter.com/Jasinion Jason

    looks really nice, i like the setting of the game. anyway it’ll be interesting how they implement and balance the powers you have: teleporting & stopping time

  • Sharuko

    Bethesda is just the publisher not the developer.  Remember how Brink turned out?  Looks cool but I need to see a couple of reviews first. I read it plays like Thief, if it does count me in.

  • Old Ben

    Why does every Bethesda game have to start in prison? I mean…. they’re not even Australian.

    • jayremy

       True, many of which you are moments away from being killed/executed at that.

    • Jay

       Lol it’s kind of a long running RPG joke… Jail and rats, the intro to almost every RPG.

  • Darkfire124

    Steampunk/Assassin’s Creed/Half-Life/Bioshock anyone?

  • http://www.kaiketsu.enjin.com/ Corey Jenkins

    This game does look pretty sick. I hope they add some open world elements to it so its not a typical linear fps.

  • fallos24

    Wow

  • Krzysztof Kotarba

    “the bastard love child of Assassin’s Creed and Bioshock.” – YES YES YES…. I only hope there will be TPP

  • http://twitter.com/FenderSaxbey Randall Burt

    Wow. Just. Wow.

  • TomGardener

    By the way, folks, Bethesda is only the publisher ! The developers are the guys from Arkane Studios, the French company that created Arx Fatalis or Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.
    They already proved that they were able to deliver top-notch games !
    I am French, but a bit of jingoism doesn’t hurt !

  • Warfox Mihomiti

    I really need Bethesda to not put this on current-gen consoles so they don’t have to put everything behind loading screens. It needs to be a real open world game this time.

    • pc11

      it looks mission based so it will not be open world

  • http://twitter.com/Thaguf Thaguf

    Wow looks great

  • http://www.facebook.com/HeftigDaDruid Heftig DaDruid

    Was excited till I saw Bethesda was just the publisher. Nice trailer but not much hype for the game itself until I see some reviews.

  • http://twitter.com/sp00s Vince Ludovico

    If the cars are on rails… You can bet the game will be linear

  • jayremy

    I hope Bethesda actually fully finishes this game, many of their titles are either branded with bad QA or released to early, all great games but something always ruins their potential to be truly great. Like Rage, an epic game but felt like 2/3 finished but released anyways both in campaign and in MP. Skyrim an epic game, with many issues from launch status requiring updates, crashes and major QoL issues in gameplay and UI.

    Again they have great minds and teams behind their games just somehow a lack of giving a complete or optimal experience. Hopefully the devs, since this is a different team actual pays attention to that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tj-Vossos/647768691 Tj Vossos

      bethesda is producing it but it is being development team is Arcane Arts

      • jayremy

        Well just hope the resources (lazy employees, advice or mandates [whatever causes the unpolished side]) aren’t giving on Bethesda’s behalf that may gimp thee end quality. Not saying it will or doomed, just saying the record speaks for itself, Bethesda still has an influence and possible hands in development stages.

    • pc11

      Bethesda indeed has the track record of releasing buggy unpolished games because they are so massive and open world. I can imagine how long QA would have to go on to catch every little thing. So yeah they decide to release the games and patch them as stuff comes up.

      This one on the other hand looks mission based like assassin’s creed meaning it will be easier to do QA.

      Also the setting alone sold the game for me! Industrial revolution meets steampunk? Awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/HallusH HallusH

    O_O

  • http://twitter.com/HallusH HallusH

    O_O bananas

  • DoctorOverlord

    Dang.   The style and setting alone is worth some attention.  

    The gameplay will be the real test of course. 

  • http://twitter.com/Hoigwai Hoigwai

    It’s pretty impressive to be sure, we’ll have to see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000275430351 Jay Burna

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

  • TomGardener

    By the way, folks, Bethesda is just the publisher ! The developers are the guys from Arkane Studios, the French company that created Arx Fatalis or Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.
    They already proved that they were able to deliver top-notch games !
    I am French, but a bit of jingoism doesn’t hurt !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronny-Sunrock/100002737688676 Ronny Sunrock

    Fun to see a steam punk game that got big budget production. This looks really promising. To me it looks like Final Fantasy meat Assassin Creed.

  • http://twitter.com/Mcnugglet ZXYCFew

    dat steam message. O:

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1094283426 Connor Grogan

    Every game ever published or dev’d by Bethesda begins with you in jail.