Emily Kaldwin kills everything in this Dishonored 2 gameplay video from Gamescom

Arkane co-creative director Harvey Smith recently said that it's possible to play Dishonored 2 without killing a single person. You can also play it without using any of those freaky-deaky Outsider powers. Or you can say screw all that pacifist good-guy guffola and mercilessly kill the crap out of everything you see—kind of like the person behind the controls of the new gameplay video Bethesda released at Gamescom. 

It starts off innocuously enough, with an elevated evaluation of the situation on the ground. But things get ugly in a hurry: Empress Emily turns into some kind of skittering shadow-spider, rips a dude in half, rips another dude in half, and then... well, you should probably just see it for yourself. I'd hate to spoil all the surprises. 

The mechanical guardians in the second part of the video are a little more interesting, if only because they seem so much harder to kill than a run-of-the-mill meatbag. That may not be much of an issue, though, depending on how common they are: The Builder's Children from Thief 2 were a pain in the ass too, but were fortunately also relatively rare. 

Dishonored 2 is scheduled for November 11. Don't miss our preview.   

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.