Dishonored Creator Harvey Smith Not Sure If He Wants a Sequel
One of the great things about how well-received Dishonored has been in the last week, by critics and players alike, is that it supports the investment into new intellectual property made by both developer Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda. But usually, investment into successful IP means sequels.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, given that Dishonored is an incredibly rich game and the world created by Arkane in which it takes place is a fascinating one. But Co-Creative Director Harvey Smith has said he’s not really sure if he wants to make a sequel to the game.
Speaking with Kotaku in an interview last week, Smith said he was torn on the possibilities of more Dishonored in the future.
“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.”
Pushed further on whether he was leaning one way or the other, Smith said, “I don’t know!”
On the one hand, I’d love to see more Dishonored. The game is great and the world is really engaging. But on the other hand, Smith’s attitude is a refreshing one. Games don’t need to always have sequels if they’re in the least bit successful, and Arkane should do what’s best for Dishonored, its gameplay and its storytelling. If the creators feel that a one-off is better, I defer to them.
We can at least assume that there will be some DLC on the way for the game we have now, regardless.