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.

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9 Comments on Dishonored Creator Harvey Smith Not Sure If He Wants a Sequel


On October 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Good news. Why risk ruining the game with a crappy sequel. No need to turn everything in a franchise. You don’t want to become hollywood.


On October 13, 2012 at 7:25 am

I agree.I think they should go for making another new and original game.Sometimes sequels aren’t needed,as in this case.If there were major questions unanswered,then maybe.Hats off to the devs for this game.Awesome experience.


On October 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Oh, I don’t know. I would love more, if it’s done right. Too many sequals are done right (or the ending sucks), and it puts a real dismal light over it all. Something in the same world would be good too.


On October 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Whether there is a sequel or not, I just hope that it is the dev team and not the publisher that chooses what to do. If a game makes even a slight profit, publishers seem to jump at the idea of a sequel, regardless of how unnecessary it might be.


On October 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

Sequels are good as long as they are not made by EA.

*Looks at CDProjekt with admiration.


On October 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I finished the game yesterday, and I’m not sure where there would be room for one. There aren’t any loose ends, and the story is focused enough that it doesn’t seem like there are other characters to explore. If they did make a sequel, it would probably need to be in one of the other places mentioned in the various books.

Phil Hornshaw

On October 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm


I can think of a few things I’d like to see fleshed out. The backstory of The Outsider, the story of the Heart, Granny Rags’ various stuff, the aftermath of Emily’s reign, the creation of the rat plague, and like you said, the other islands….


On October 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

Good game. interesting to see the continuation of game.


On October 29, 2012 at 12:48 am

There is a lot of room for a sequel, and I’d love to see one. This story is over, but the Dishonored universe has plenty of room for new stories. The other islands, elsewhere on this island’s timeline, Pandyssia. The last of which would be a great setting for a sequel, though it’d be pretty different, probably. However, I love Smith’s attitude. It’s nice that a sequel to Dishonored won’t be forced into existence if Arkane doesn’t feel it needs one.