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Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2 - the follow up to Arkane Studio's first-person action blockbuster and winner of more than 100 'Game of the Year' awards, Dishonored. Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character's unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes, as you play through each of the game's hand-crafted missions.
Sequels are usually the place for studios to refine the backstories of their main heroes. While Dishonored's original assassin is returning for the sequel, Arkane took the opportunity to turn Empress Emily Kaldwin into a playable protagonist as well. Last time we saw Emily she was a young princess in need of rescue. In Dishonored 2, she's grown into a capable assassin who can stand toe-to-toe with even the toughest of the royal guard. Here's how she grew from feeble princess to fearless empress.
Full name: Emily Drexel Lela Kaldwin
Eye color: dark brown
Birthdate: 2nd Day, Month of Rain, 1827
Birthplace: Dunwall, Gristol
Voice actor: Erica Luttrell (Keesha Franklin in The Magic School Bus, Darla in Fallout 4)
Far Reach - Similar to Blink in that it lets Emily travel short distances relatively quickly. Far Reach isn't actually a teleport skill, so enemies can see Emily when she moves. Emily can also use Far Reach to grab objects and enemies and bring them closer to her.
Dark Vision - Allows Emily to see enemy movement through walls.
Mesmerize - Emily conjures a strange tear in the universe that consumes the attention of nearby guards.
Domino - Using a psionic tether, Emily joins up to four enemies together. Whatever happens to one afflicts the others.
Shadow Walk - Emily transforms into a small, etherial shadow creature, which can move relatively unseen through environments and rat holes, or be used to perform perfect assassinations.
Doppelganger - This clone of Emily is perfect for distracting guards or setting up terrible chain reactions in conjunction with Domino.
Empress Emily Kaldwin is well-educated and accustomed to a position of privilege. However, her personality was influenced by an early tragedy.
As a girl, Emily dreamed of going on adventures with pirates and sea monsters, and loved digging up treasures and rare artifacts. The original Dishonored tells the sad story of how Emily's mother was assassinated before Emily was kidnapped in a plot to overthrow the empire. In the canonical ending, Emily is rescued by Corvo, who brings her back to Dunwall where she begins her new life as a monarch.
Haunted by these traumatic events, Emily can occasionally be melancholy and dramatic. Thankfully, she developed a keen mind despite her hardships, and grew into a capable leader.
"Dunwall is better under Emily," says creative director Harvey Smith. "It's not crushed by the rat plague anymore. It's still a big, dirty industrial city filled with corruption, but it's better under Emily. There are no walls of light or tall boys or arc pylons. She drained the flooded district and restored it as a financial quarter. Every year, she has the city celebrate the anniversary of her mother's death in a giant celebration."
Learn more about Emily Kaldwin at Game Informer
Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the Lord Regent has been vanquished and the dreaded Rat Plague has passed into history. An otherworldly usurper has seized Empress Emily Kaldwin's throne, leaving the fate of the Isles hanging in the balance. As Emily or Corvo, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca, the once-dazzling coastal city that holds the keys to restoring Emily to power. Armed with the Mark of the Outsider and powerful new abilities, track down your enemies and take back what's rightfully yours.
As fully voiced characters, Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano now bring their own perspectives and emotional responses to the world and story. Use each character's set of powers, gadgets and uniquely-tuned weapons in creative ways as you explore the world - whether you fight your way through the city streets or sneak across the rooftops - and which enemies you decide to eliminate or spare.
Advanced bonecharm crafting and all-new upgrade trees allow you to customize your powers in vastly different ways. Become a living shadow to silently stalk your targets, link enemies so they share a common fate, or mesmerize your foes and dominate their minds. Choose from nearly infinite combinations of violence, nonlethal combat, powers and weapons to accomplish your objectives.
From the grimy, rat-infested streets of Dunwall to the lush, exotic coasts of a decaying Karnaca, immerse yourself in stylized locales created by Arkane's premiere art and narrative teams. The world is a character in its own right, rich with story, architecture and eclectic characters. It is also punctuated by signature mission locations, such as the Dust District, ravaged by dust storms and warring factions, and a madman's mansion made of shifting walls, deadly traps and clockwork soldiers.
Customize your gameplay options and difficulty settings for an even more tailored adventure. You can make the experience more challenging (or easier) by changing myriad parameters related to stealth, movement and combat.
The Void Engine
Dishonored 2 is beautifully brought to life with the new Void Engine, a leap forward in rendering technology, built from id Tech and highly-customized by Arkane Studios. Designed to support world-class art direction and take full advantage of the powerful hardware this generation has to offer, the Void Engine allows for significant advances to all game systems, including responsive stealth and combat Artificial Intelligence, lighting and graphical rendering, impressively dense urban environments, and story presentation.
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