Dishonored sales “far exceeding” Bethesda’s expectations: “We clearly have a new franchise”


Lots of people bought PC games during the Steam Autumn Sale this weekend, and lots of those games were Dishonored.

“We did terrific numbers again this past weekend, both in stores and on Steam, where Dishonored was listed as the #1 selling title over the holiday weekend,” said Bethesda man of marketing Pete Hines. “And Dishonored has really sold well overseas.”

I think he means us.

“I can tell you that Dishonored is far exceeding our sales expectations, which is especially cool considering it’s new IP facing a host of well-established franchises this quarter,” Hines told Destructoid, seemingly intent on ruining the phrases ‘new game’ and ‘well-established series’ this Autumn’ with sillier synonyms.

“So, we’re very pleased and appreciate all the fans that have supported Dishonored and Arkane. We clearly have a new franchise.”

That’s great, isn’t it? BioShock’s great promise – the immersive sim as commercially viable enterprise – has finally come to pass. When Arkane’s Harvey Smith last spoke about a potential sequel, though, he was conflicted.

“Part of me would love to see future games leverage this world,” he told Kotaku. “And part of me would love it if the vault door was just closed and that’s it. ‘This is your one view into the Empire of the Isles and into the city of Dunwall’.”

Thanks, VG247.