Falsely accused for the murder of an empress, in prison, and without hope. Yet a stranger comes to change his fate. He burns a mark into his hand through some supernormal means, and sets the man free in search of revenge. This is the beginning of Dishonored, and what we know of the story from the game’s latest trailer.
According to the Bethesda Blog, the game puts you in control of a “supernatural assassin driven by revenge.” You were once the top bodyguard of the Empress, but after being framed for her murder, you become “an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card.”
Similar to the film, V for Vendetta, it seems the masked pseudo-hero sets out to rid the city of its corrupt rulers. Bethesday states, “In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.”
The game from Bethesda and Arkane Studios has a very unique take on the whole assassin-out-for-revenge theme, setting the game in a steampunk, techno-victorian era and leaving the player with supernormal abilities, odd technology, and some conventional weapons at their disposal.
Bethesda explains how the gameplay will work, noting on their blog, “In Dishonored, creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine the numerous supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.”