Superb concept art showcases Dishonored 2’s weapons and gadgets
Bethesda reveals some of the stunning artwork that laid the foundations for Dishonored 2's unique weapons and world.
Bethesda has released a torrent of concept art from Dishonored 2, including some new abilities like Emily's Mesmerize and some revisions on returning contraptions, like the pesky Arc Pylon. The artwork also includes some commentary from Dishonored's Art Director Sebastian Mitton, who gives some background to each sketch. One interesting mention is the way old technologies, like the Arc Pylon, have been improved upon Karnaca's resident inventor Kirin Jindosh, who we spent some quality time with in the Dishonored 2 Clockwork Mansion demo. Here's the new gallery with Mitton's commentary attached.
Corvo and Emily's sword
Half butterfly knife, half switchblade, we made it as realistic as possible. We really enjoyed the day we received the functional prop made by a fan of Dishonored 1. We’ve now decided to show the handle mechanism, which may seem like an unnecessary detail, but we want to let players see it in action when they bend time during combat. This attention to detail is what drives us, and we think it helps the game experience feel more genuine and immersive.
At Arkane we don’t know the word laziness, so we’re crazy enough to offer each playable character their own set of weapons and powers. Corvo has his own crossbow, so we’ve focused on giving Emily a more feminine version with softer shapes. It has inspiration from musical instruments (lyre, violin) but still looks lethal.
We wanted a weapon that would serve to distract enemies and crafted by the civilians themselves: that’s where this crazy lineup came from. For the design, we mixed a flute and an insect captured in a bulb. When launched, it makes a sound and the insect inside begins to glow, emitting a long, luminescent trail.
In Dishonored 2, we push the boundaries in every aspect. In one particular mission, we can even look into the past through a lens…and use this timepiece device to switch from the present to the past, and back again! Here are early attempts at the design of this device.
Emily's Far Reach ability
Here are some storyboards that helped the VFX team figure out the main steps of the Far Reach ability. In this case you decide to grab your opponent, pulling him towards you to take him out.
Emily's Mesmerize ability
Can I cast everywhere? Could I hide behind it for a stealth approach? Have you considered linking one of these guards with Domino to extend the effect of Mesmerize? These are just a few questions we raised when discussing Mesmerize with the game design team. Mesmerize is one of Emily’s supernatural abilities, which allows her to summon a Void spirit to distract living enemies, putting them into a dream-like state.
Refined whale oil
Whale oil is a central pillar in our world as it powers a lot of devices. The idea of using the whale oil battery as a projectile came naturally to our minds during the production of Dishonored 1. This time, and thanks to the capability of our engine to display new shaders, we’ve taken the opportunity to play with the viscosity of the oil to give different waves of reaction, from the melted ground to the more volatile vapors. We’ve spent so much time on the character design and creation, with unique references from tailors and fashion designers, that one day, while talking about the big scissors my grandma used as a dressmaker, it clicked! We were drawing swords for our howler gang, who wear dark fitted tailored coats, and decided to simply remove a blade of a scissor and sew the remaining part to the other: a unique sword which also fits the characters’ background!