New Protagonist Options
In the previous Dishonored, we could only play as Corvo Attano. In Dishonored 2, you will also be able to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin. ≈ has her own entirely unique brand of special abilities. For instance, Emily’s “Shadow Walk” ability allows her to cloak herself into a shadowy cloud, moving swiftly from place to place while also being able change at will. Granted, some of Emily’s powers are slight variations on Corvo’s, such as her “Far Reach” ability, which allows her to teleport, akin to Corvo’s “Blink” ability made famous in the original game.
A Third Path of Success
One of the most wonderful and innovative aspects to Dishonored was that it allowed players to essentially play the game anyway they liked. If you wanted to run through levels Terminator style, engaging in frenzied combat with everyone you crossed paths with, you certainly could. However, if you preferred to maintain a cloak of stealth, being as nonlethal as possible, you could play that as well. Also, the way you completed levels also influenced the trajectory of the storyline and the overall outcome of the plot.
In Dishonored 2, this dynamic definitely makes a return to form, fortunately. In fact, players will be able to enjoy the game in a completely nonlethal way, not having to kill anyone. There also will be a “third path” to playing the game. While the developers have been very vague about what this third path will be, our guess is it will be yet another alternate means to complete objectives, which will likely influence the storyline of the game, as well.
Enhanced “Skill Tree”
So much of the fun behind Dishonored was going the extra mile to unlock special new abilities and incorporate them into your play style. Dishonored 2 will have this same upgrade feature but in a slightly different format, giving you a more traditional “skill tree” that will feature far more abilities to choose from and allow you to pick certain types of them to continue upgrading upon. Unfortunately, Corvo’s powers reset at the start of Dishonored 2, so much of your progress may feel familiar while acquiring staple abilities. However, if anything this should prompt you to have a play through as Emily first.
Corvo’s New Abilities
Even with the staple abilities though, you’ll notice most of Corvo’s stock powers have been modified in some very clever ways. For instance, Corvo’s blink ability will allow him to pause time when he’s not moving, a similar concept seen in Daud in The Knife of Dunwall DLC. Corvo’s possession ability has also been modified, allowing him to chain possessions from one human to another, as well as possess dead bodies. Devouring Swarm also returns, but since the setting is now the tropical city of Karnaca, your rats may be attacked by the native bloodflies.