Dishonored 2’s launch trailer is all about taking back what’s yours

Arkane Studios and Bethesda want you to take back the throne.

Although he’s a playable character, original protagonist Corvo is taking the back seat in the Dishonored 2 launch trailer. Instead, all focus is on now-adult Emily as she takes back power from Delilah, the supposed rightful heir to the throne.

The trailer toys with brutality, creativity and morality to give players a taste of what they can expect from Arkane’s second iteration in their steam punk world. In previous interviews, Co-creative Director Harvey Smith has said before that players will need to run through the game once as both Corvo and Emily to get the full picture on Dishonored 2’s story, but based on the launch trailer, the plot seems approachable.

Along with the launch trailer, Bethesda is pushing a pre-order incentive that allows gamers who pre-pay to play on Nov. 10 – one day ahead of the rest of the world. Looking for reviews to see if Dishonored 2 is worth pre-ordering just a day before launch? Too bad. After an announcement last month, Bethesda is only providing press copies of their games a day early from now on. While the publisher considers this move worthwhile so that “everyone, including those in the media, to experience the game at the same time,” it won’t necessarily lead to more satisfied gamers. What that means for consumers is less in-deth reviews as critics now rush through games to get verdicts out in a timely manner.

Tangent aside, Dishonored 2 launches in a day or two depending on how you’re choosing to spend your money. The trailer looks promising and Arkane seems to be confident in the product they’re shipping, but a healthy dose of skepticism is never a bad thing.

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