Dishonored Hiatus

Remember when Bethesda did that whole "Save Player 1" campaign, and then almost every single player game that it published barely made a dent in the sales charts? And then Fallout 76 was announced? And now Dishonored developer Arkane Studios is talking about potential multiplayer in its future games? Yeah...

Our usual snark aside, VG247 interviewed Ricardo Bare, Arkane's lead designer, at Quakecon 2018. Bare told the publication that Dishonored is "resting for now", suggesting that the series won't be returning any time soon -- and perhaps that's for the best. Although the original Dishonored was a hit with critics and attracted a reasonably sized fanbase, its sequel, Dishonored 2, seemed to fall off a cliff almost as soon as it launched.

Bare also says that Arkane is at least exploring the idea of incorporating social or multiplayer elements in future titles. "Being able to incorporate more online sharing or multiplayer type stuff, we totally might do that."

As for what's actually next for the developer, Bare says that it won't stray far from its roots in world building and player interaction with said world. "The things that are important to us as a studio are coherent, deep world building and environmental storytelling – we’re always going to craft spaces that you feel like you’re visiting, whether it’s Dunwall or Talos 1."

What would you like to see from Arkane Studios going forward? More Dishonored in the future? Or something totally new? Carefully weigh up the situation in the comments section below.