Dishonored 2 update adds new modes and removes Denuvo

To access the new modes, you have a hoop you'll need to jump through.

Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider both got updates this week, and it’s good news. First off, the patch removes Denuvo anti-tamper tech from both games, which anti-DRM advocates will be happy to hear. Second, both games have new modes to play in – although there’s a teensy catch.

It’s been two years since Dishonored 2 launched, and Dark Side of Gaming reports that Bethesda and Arkane have finally decided to remove Denuvo DRM from Dishonored 2 and its 2017 standalone follow-up, Death of the Outsider.

Bethesda has pulled Denovo out of games before, but it doesn’t usually take quite this long – the rebooted Doom shipped with Denuvo tech in May 2016, and the anti-tamper tech was stripped out in December with Doom’s Update Five.

Dishonored 2 and Death of the Outsider are also getting two new game modes. The first is Mission+, which allows you to revisit any mission you’ve completed in the campaign and experiment with your full suite of abilities and weapons. Next is Black and White, which reshades the game in a contrasty greyscale, except for the blood – that stuff all stays red. It’s a cool-looking visual novel style that changes Dishonored 2’s tone in a cool way.

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Now, the catch: to access these new modes, you’ll need to sign into a in the games’ main menu – meaning you’ll have to create a account if you don’t have one.

However, to sweeten the deal, Bethesda is offering an additional bonus for Dishonored 2 players who sign in this way: the Imperial Assassin’s Pack. That gives you a Duelist’s Luck bone charm, a Void Favor bone charm, an antique Serkonan guitar, an in-game book called Goodbye, Karnaca – A Musician’s Farewell, and 500 bonus coins.

The Imperial Assassin’s Pack had been a pre-order exclusive, so now everyone can get their hands on it for free – again, provided you have a account.