Developer Arkane Studios doesn’t have plans to return to the Dishonored universe anytime soon, according to lead designer Ricardo Bare.
Speaking with VG 24/7 at QuakeCon 2018, Bare revealed that Death of the Outsider was the last Dishonored game we’ll be seeing for a while.
“I can’t say definitively what might happen down the road, anything could happen, but [Dishonored] is resting for now,” Bare said. “As far as pure immersive sims go, I don’t know if we’re going to continue to make like carbon copy—this qualifies as an immersive sim and it’s the only thing we’re ever going to make.”
Instead, it sounds like Arkane is planning on trying something new. After being asked if Arkane would return to The Crossing, a canceled game that mixed Arkane’s immersive sim style with what sounded like an asymmetrical multiplayer experience, Bare said that Arkane is discussing projects that aren’t “literally The Crossing” but could share some similarities.
“Being able to incorporate more online sharing or multiplayer type stuff, we totally might do that,” Bare said.
Arkane is already working on a unique expansion for Prey called Typhon Hunter, where players take on the roles of Mimics and try to hunt down protagonist Morgan Yu. Likewise, Arkane’s sister developer, id Software, is doing something similar with Doom Eternal in the form of Invasions, where players will take on the role of demons and invade other players’ games.
Having a Dishonored-style immersive sim where one player controls the game’s NPCs, RTS style, while another player tries to make their way through the game in first-person would be pretty interesting. Whatever the folks at Arkane decide to make next, I feel like they’ve earned a break from the series that made them famous.