“We have a new franchise”: Bethesda on Dishonored

Dishonored

By on November 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

While EA may have scoffed at releasing a new IP “this late in the console cycle”, Dishonored has gone well beyond even Bethesda’s high expectations. “I can tell you that Dishonored is far exceeding our sales expectations, which is especially cool considering it’s new IP facing a host of well-established franchises this quarter,” claimed Bethesda’s PR man Pete Hines.

“We did terrific numbers again this past weekend, both in stores and on Steam, where Dishonored was listed as the #1 selling title over the holiday weekend. And Dishonored has really sold well overseas.”

“So, we’re very pleased and appreciate all the fans that have supported Dishonored and Arkane. We clearly have a new franchise.”

Does this mean there’s a Dishonored 2 on the way? Well, as somebody who thought the original game was superb, let me be the first to say: yes please.

Source: Destructoid

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jerichosainte

Given the trend recently, I give the sequel 25% chance of being better than the first.

 

jerichosainte,

What game/s are you thinking of in particular? Hitman Absolution?

Recent sequels that imho are better than the game preceding it – Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, Witcher 2, Torchlight 2, Elder Scrolls V… that’s just some of the ones I’m seeing in the current Steam Top Sellers list.

 

So instead of thinking “Wow – gamers like original games and IPs” the conclusion made by the publisher is “Wow – that sold better than we thought – let’s crank out endless sequels!”.

Sad.

 

Hollywood Owned Publisher decides to whore out IP.. what else is new? Bethesda is the new Disney lol.

 

teufelhund:
So instead of thinking “Wow – gamers like original games and IPs” the conclusion made by the publisher is “Wow – that sold better than we thought – let’s crank out endless sequels!”.

Sad.

Oh come on, that’s like saying Thief II or System Shock II weren’t great games in their own right… If nothing else, the world they have created is quite compelling and who doesn’t love being a super powered assassin?

There is nothing wrong with making more games for a particular IP, it’s when those games bring little to the table that a problem occurs.

 

Inb4 sequel will be a prequel or you lose all your powers at the start of the game and have to relearn them 1 by 1.

 

teufelhund:
So instead of thinking “Wow – gamers like original games and IPs” the conclusion made by the publisher is “Wow – that sold better than we thought – let’s crank out endless sequels!”.

Sad.

That was my first thought too!

They should draw from this – “hey, we should fund these guys to make a series of unrelated but awesome games about whatever interesting topics they can come up with, because people obviously want good new games instead of sequels.”

Hopefully they do both, anyway.

 

It depends on how they handle it though. Nearly every developer on the planet does the annoying thing where they try to make the game accessible to newer players.. this usually involves massively reducing the quality of the gameplay. With Thief they didn’t do this, and with System Shock 2 they did do it (resulting in a couple of good and bad choices- when you compare System Shock 1 to 2 there is a LOT missing in SS2, but there’s also a lot that SS1 didn’t have). If anything though Deus Ex’s approach to the mechanics of both System Shock and Thief was by far the best implementation.. and then unfortunately was screwed by Invisible War.

Keep in mind these are developers with a very hit and miss history.. they’ve gotten it wrong in the past and a big factor is the publishers willingness to co-operate… which you know… its bethesda… good bloody luck there (see Obsidian, InXile ect).

 

Since when has bethesda published a well selling game that didn’t get sequels?

Of course there will be Dishonored 2, not that there’s anything wrong with that. :)

 

LOL Dishonored Dev’s said they weren’t sure if they would do a sequel.
Beth is saying “DAMN STRAIGHT YOU ARE!”

Great game though so as long as they mix it up it should be great.
Like how Bioshock Infinite has some similair game mechanics but is completely new character story and world.

 

asmodai: Oh come on, that’s like saying Thief II or System Shock II weren’t great games in their own right…If nothing else, the world they have created is quite compelling and who doesn’t love being a super powered assassin?

There is nothing wrong with making more games for a particular IP, it’s when those games bring little to the table that a problem occurs.

Pretty much this.

If making a sequel is “whoring out the IP”, perhaps we should all boycott original IP to discourage them from making sequels in the first place? Idiots…

darknode:
Inb4 sequel will be a prequel or you lose all your powers at the start of the game and have to relearn them 1 by 1.

Hah! I Hope they’re smarter than that. It’s not like they made any memorable characters in the first one (probably one of its biggest flaws), may as well have a new protagonist. Maybe one who can speak?

Pretty easy to have the Outsider give his powers to whoever he wants story-wise, no reason to put Corvo in again.

 
jerichosainte

eggheart,

Pretty much man. I’m just disgruntled atm ignor me. Its mainly the BF franchise that’s disappointed me plus hitman & diablo. The games you mentioned are awesome. BL2 is the first game in a long time I have really enjoyed all round.

 

jerichosainte,

Yeah, I totally agree about hitman and diablo. While not being bad games, they did lose some of what made the previous ones awesome. I ♥ BF3 though. :)

It’s funny with films compared to games though. There are many film franchises where the sequel was worse than the original – more often than not, each successive film in a franchise isn’t as strong as the preceding one. But films are based primarily on storytelling, and the technology to make them, barring cutting edge special effects, is well and truly established. Finding a new story as strong as the first, while contriving to keep the same characters is often a difficult task.

But games are primarily based on gameplay – story is a big part of many games, but the fun lives with the gameplay. There are so many systems than can be refined and built upon, systems that are new and underutilised in the first game, that a sequel to a game has the greatest potential to improve the experience. I often think while playing a new IP (and I remember thinking this when playing the original Borderlands) – “I can’t wait till they do a sequel and fix up all the problems with this game, cause it’s got potential!”.

If you listen closely to what your fans enjoyed about a game and what they didn’t, you can pull off Far Cry 3. If you don’t listen, you get Dragon Age 2. When I love a game, I want to see a franchise, because I want to spend more time in that world, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do with continuing Dishonored.

 

silenceoz:
LOL Dishonored Dev’s said they weren’t sure if they would do a sequel.
Beth is saying “DAMN STRAIGHT YOU ARE!”

Great game though so as long as they mix it up it should be great.
Like how Bioshock Infinite has some similair game mechanics but is completely new character story and world.

I’m going to guess they meant as Corvo. Corvo’s story is pretty much over. I’m willing to bet they wouldn’t say no to doing another game set in Dishonored’s Universe (even if not Dunwall)

 

I haven’t played Dishonored but from what I see if they want to do a sequel this would be a good game to do the different protagonist/area/story each game like Final Fantasy and GTA.

 
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