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Dishonored designer hesitant over potential sequel

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The rotting city of Dunwall is filled with mystery, but Dishonored's dystopian depiction of the once-great industrial empire might be the only glimpse we get of Arkane's stealth- and steampunk-infused excellence. In an interview Kotaku (opens in new tab) , Dishonored co-Creative Director Harvey Smith stated he "can't say" whether he'd like a continuation of the neck-stabbing, maid-punting (opens in new tab) universe he helped design.

"Part of me would love to see future games leverage this world," he said. "And part of me would love it if the vault door was just closed, and that's it. This is your one view into the Empire of the Isles and into the city of Dunwall."

We came away mightily impressed (opens in new tab) from our time beneath Corvo's ghastly mask, but experiencing a full-fledged sequel could diminish Dunwall's strong identity by virtue of repetitive environments. Of course, Arkane's DLC plans (opens in new tab) involve branching out into other cities, characters, and nations in the Isles and beyond, so it's a fair bet we'll be honored with more Dishonored in the future.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?