Next week is looking like a surprisingly promising week for gamers. NetherRealm studios will finally let their DC brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us loose upon the world, and Bethesda’s wonderful stealth-action title Dishonored is getting some quality DLC. Taking it’s name from the nickname of new protagonist, Daud, The Knife of Dunwall tells the story of Dishonored from the perspective of the man who killed the empress. During the main campaign, Daud somewhat fell off the grid for a number of months, so players enthralled by the events taking place within the steel and brick city of Dunwall can rest assured their questions about his whereabouts will finally be answered. To coincide with the April 16 release of the downloadable content, Bethesda aand developer Arkane Studios have released a brand new gameplay trailer. Take a look:
As you can see, Daud sports a couple different weapons and a few new abilities. Most notable is his inner-arm-mounted crossbow, which I imagine will both facilitate long-range takedowns (both lethal and nonlethal) as well as provide a number of unique finishing animations from up close. Other weapons at Daud’s disposal include his Arc Mines (which provide a healthy dose of electricity to those foolish enough to stumble across them), Chokedust grenades (stun grenades) and his trusty blade. On the supernatural side of things, Daud has an upgraded form of former protagonist Corvo’s Blink ability that allows him to freeze time. When activating the ability, while either standing still or in mid-air, time will halt and allow Daud to assess his tactical options. While Daud can still use the Blink ability the same way Corvo did, players will probably be more inclined to stop time and catch their breathe, as The Knife of Dunwall adds an extra layer of difficulty. This more challenging trip through Dunwall is thanks in no small part to a new enemy type named the Butcher (pictured above) who, as you might imagine, is no stranger to chopping things with the use of his large circular saw.
The only downside (upside?) to The Knife of Dunwall is that it is merely part-one of a two-part DLC story featuring Daud. While more gameplay, especially any that features such a compelling character with new weapons, gear, and abilities as Daud, is never a bad thing, the ending to Knife of Dunwall may feel lacking as it only serves to set up the next add-on, titled The Brigmore Witches. Don’t take that to mean this first pack is light on content though. Knife of Dunwall features three separate, complete missions; each the equivalent in length and open-endedness of those found within the original Dishonored, so there’s roughly three-hours worth of content here.
Dishonored‘s first story-based DLC, The Knife of Dunwall, will be available on April 16 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Both it and The Brigmore Witches will cost $9.99 each, although no specific date has yet been given for the second add-on.
Are you folks excited for more Dishonored? Are you happy the extra content is centered around Daud, or are you more interested in optional stories focused more on Corvo? And just who are the Brigmore Witches? Share your thoughts in the comments below.