A screenshot yesterday let us know that our DLC journey in the jet-black shoes of blink-prone assassin Daud would begin with the killing of the very Empress we were tasked to protect in the game proper. A press release today reveals what’ll happen next – a personal tale of redemption, to be told in single-player across April’s DLC, The Knife of Dunwall, and its planned follow-up, The Brigmore Witches.
“After assassinating the Empress, and forever changing the fate of Dunwall, you embark on a search for redemption,” reads The Knife of Dunwall’s synopsis. “The Outsider reveals the key to your atonement, but who—or what—is Delilah?
“In the struggle to hang onto the last shred of your humanity, the choices you make will ultimately determine your fate.”
As Daud, you’ll explore a parallel version of Dishonored’s events with the Whalers, your loyal band of money-motivated throat-cutters. Redemption won’t be found behind the sofa or in a heart-shaped stress toy, but instead in never-before-seen districts of Dunwall, where we’ll fight new, “terrible” bad’uns with Daud-specific weapons and powers. Arkane assure us that these tools will cater to all three parts of Dishonored’s antisocial triumvirate: combat, mobility and stealth.
- New Powers, Weapons and Gadgets: The mark of the Outsider empowers you with unique supernatural abilities. Call upon the Whalers to assist in combat with ‘Summon Assassin’, track down hidden Runes and Bone Charms with ‘Void Gaze’ and learn to use new variations to powers, including ‘Blink’.To aid in your dangerous exploits your customized arsenal of weapons and gadgets will include Chokedust to daze your enemies, whale oil powered Stun Mines to shock your targets, and a concealed Wristbow to launch sleep darts and explosive bolts.
- Explore More of Dunwall: Make your way through the Legal District and infiltrate the Rothwild Slaughterhouse, a steaming factory filled with colossal whale carcasses and their hulking butchers.Revisit the decaying Flooded District, the location of Daud’s hidden base, first seen in the original game. Return to the scenes of key events in Dishonored with a new perspective, including the fateful moment that sets off Corvo’s journey.
- Choose Your Path: On your search for answers, approach each mission with your own style. Your redemption – or your turn towards darkness- depends on your skills and the decisions you make.Discover the mystery behind Delilah in this stand-alone chapter, and then conclude Daud’s story in the upcoming final add-on, The Brigmore Witches.
The Knife of Dunwall will release globally on PC on April 16 for £7.99 / €9.99 / $9.99 / AU$14.45. No date has yet been announced for second-parter The Brigmore Witches.
I’d rather we didn’t spend too much time back in the Flooded District – by far the original campaign’s weakest and lengthiest late-game segment – but already suspect this will be essential playing. What do you reckon?