Arkane Studios has been keeping things on the down low since its acquisition by Zenimax Media in August last year. That approach seems certain to change, with the today’s announcement that the developer has commenced work on Dishonored. The game will be co-directed by Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith, the lead designers of Arx Fatalis and Deus Ex respectively.
Print magazine Game Informer has revealed that it will feature Dishonored in its August issue, in the process describing a game containing elements of action and stealth, along with plenty of scope for player choice. Though it is difficult to discern precisely what is occurring on the cover itself, it may hint at a period (or perhaps even steampunk) setting for the game.
In recent years, Arkane has contributed to the likes of BioShock 2 and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. However, it has been almost a decade since it served as the sole developer on a finished PC or home console title. This project therefore looms a significant test for the talented French studio.
Zebimax will be publishing Dishonored (via its Bethesda Softworks label) on 360, PS3 and PC in 2012.
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