How to beat Dishonored by stopping the empress' assassination in the intro

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Above: Start the VOD at 16:42:00 (opens in new tab) for the demonstration.

At the start of Dishonored, loyal bodyguard Corvo Attano is framed for the assassination of the empress and kidnapping of her daughter. The event sets up a dramatic underground rescue that, for mortal players, takes 12 or so hours of supernatural sneak-murdering. Speedrunner DrTChops, however, can do it in just over 30 minutes. Even better, he shows us a way to stop the assassination altogether and essentially beat Dishonored before it starts. 

After finishing his Summer Games Done Quick speedrun on Sunday, DrTChops gave us a bonus demonstration in which he glitched his way to the assassin Daud's spawn location (like any good bodyguard would) and killed him in the intro before the assassination and kidnapping ever took place. The game fades to a black screen, apparently unable to go on from there. Problem solved!

Start the VOD above at 16:42:00 (or just click this link) (opens in new tab) to see the brief demonstration. Summer Games Done Quick is still happening now on Twitch, and benefits Doctors Without Borders. There are still some great runs to come, and if you're interested in donating, you can do so here.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.