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An honest batch of Dishonored screenshots and concept art

Submitted by on Tuesday, 20 March 2012No Comment

Dishonored Madam Concept ArtYou might not have heard of Dishonored, but this upcoming FPS from French dev Arkane Studios is shaping up to be one of 2012’s most interesting titles.

Dishonored’s flexible combat system is its USP, as DolphGB described in his three most anticipated games of 2012 feature:

“Want to strap some explosives to a rat so they can dispatch your enemies for you? How about teleporting to where your targets are, despatching them and then morphing into a fish so you can escape through the sewer system? Yep – you can do all of this and more in the most open-world FPS I’ve seen in a long time.”

Flexible gameplay isn’t the only thing Dishonored has going for it, though. It also has a wonderful art style, which shouldn’t surprise anyone considering Viktor Antonov, of Half-Life 2 fame, is the art director on the project.

It’s more artistic than realistic but also pleasingly grimy – it’s very similar to BioShock in that respect. Check out the concept art below, It’s no wonder 2K Marin enlisted the studios’ help for the designs of BioShock 2.

Dishonored also shares BioShock’s love for magic realism. It’s set in a plague-ridden industrial whaling city, where “strange technology and otherworldly mysticism coexist in the shadows”. You, a supernatural assassin, is framed for the murder of a beloved empress who you were once trusted to keep safe. Now you’re going round killing for fun.

Feast your eyes on the massive batch of screenshots below and then let us know what you think. It looks great, doesn’t it?