Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will be introducing a new type of mission that can only be attempted once, whether you succeed or fail.
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Called contracts, these missions will task new protagonist and professional assassin Billie Lurk with handling several dirty jobs on the side for money, but there won’t be a retry option if you fail. Instead, you won’t get any reward and you can only attempt the mission again on subsequent playthroughs.
“Contracts are a new system dreamed up by the Arkane team members in Lyon, France,” creative director Harvey Smith says. “We felt like mercenary contracts were the right call for Billie as a new featurette, just like adding Favors felt right for Daud in the Knife of Dunwall and the Brigmore Witches, since Daud had years of experience running an underworld organization, and presumably a bunch of people owed him blood debts. Most of the time, contracts can be found and undertaken in black market shops across Karnaca. They’re often stranger in nature than most Dishonored missions.”
Another notable aspect of contracts are that they take place in levels in a different place than where the central game is. “Often, contracts will pull you over to another part of the world, away from the main mission, so you get a chance to see something tertiary, and when you move back toward your primary objective, you see the situations along the way from a different angle,” Smith says.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider releases as a standalone experience for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 15th.