Playing Dishonored 2 as Emily will be "all new"

Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2, as we know, can be played as either Emily Kaldwin, the young Empress at the center of the first game who's grown up to be a powerful assassin, or Corvo Attano, the former Royal Protector, who saved her life. And the choice will be more than just cosmetic: In the world of supernatural assassins, Emily is a scalpel, while Corvo is more of a big rock with sharp edges.

"If you play as Emily it’s all new—she has her own set of powers, her own assassinations and animations, so she feels different, she feels like a finesse character. In the video, we show a power called Far Reach [a teleportation ability] which can be upgraded in different ways, and it changes your flow through the world and your mobility. Just on a videogame level, moving through the world feels different," Harvey Smith, the co-creative director at developer Arkane Studios, told The Guardian. "But if you play Corvo, it’s all this classic stuff, it’s the rat swarms, it’s possession, it’s stopping time—he feels more heavy and brutal, he’s an older guy."

Smith didn't say how the Emily/Corvo choice will be handled, whether it will be a one-time pick at the start of the game or an option at the beginning of each mission, or something else entirely. But the sequel will offer the same sort of "multiple path" approach to gameplay as the original, with different approaches to different situations, and actions will again have consequences. "A game about an assassin where you don't have to kill anyone—that was our goal with Dishonored," he said. "And that's true again with the sequel."

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.