Dishonored 2’s artwork director says there’s “nothing” he would change concerning the terribly lovely stealth sandbox

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Dishonored 2 is a very lovely follow-up to one of many loveliest video games of the final technology.


Dishonored 2 has three principal characters, apparently. Emily, Corvo, and Karnaca, the first setting.

This is a typical advertising and marketing line in video video games, however I nearly forgive Arkane Studios artwork director Sebastien Mitton for utilizing it in a chat with us earlier this month, not solely as a result of the landscapes are vastly essential to a stealth sport like Dishonored 2 but in addition as a result of the sequel’s environments makes such a leap on the unique; after all Arkane desires you to note.

“This is the first time I’ve reached the point in a project where there is nothing I want to change.”

In the primary Dishonored, every thing exterior the rapid mission space was pretend – “a matte painting”. In Dishonored 2, what you see past the areas you possibly can attain is “real” geometry, constructed out with polygons. If you would get past the borders, you would discover it, and from the heights you possibly can typically see the place you’ve been and the place you’re going.

This change allowed Arkane to drag off some actually neat results in an effort to talk the sensation of town, Mitton informed us.

“It’s a real city and it allows us to cheat sometimes with the background, with the vista. It’s like in the background of a movie where you change the focal point of the camera to make something in the background seem closer, you change the FOV. We’ve played with that and with the emotion,” he stated.

“Sometimes you see the mountain in the distance, that’s cool. Sometimes you’ve scaled that mountain and sometimes it’s like wow – now it’s hanging over the character and just about to rain. It drives emotion. It’s a new tool.”

In the primary Dishonored, the main target was on utilizing cowl. In Dishonored 2, environments are extra layered and complicated, giving the artwork workforce scope for “some really cool stuff” like this.


Mitton stated leaping to a brand new technology of and new growth engine (Void, primarily based on id Tech) gave Arkane’s artwork workforce the power to point out town and characters the way in which he needed, inspiring empathy and mistrust the place applicable.

“We now have our own shaders where you can have light going through skin – sub-surface scattering. So if you have characters that go between you and the light source, you can see the red aspect of the hands and the ears,” he stated.

“It feels more realistic. It’s not photorealistic; it’s just that the hair shaders are cool. Same if you have light, it explodes in the air. We have a clothes system. It’s not that new for video games, but it’s still cool to have movement in the characters.”

This glut of recent graphical element is discovered “in every corner” of Dishonored 2, Mitton stated – simply check out the ocean someday, and examine it to the unique Dishonored’s static swimming pools.


Although Dishonored and Dishonored 2 share a visible identification – exaggerated character options, an oil portray aesthetic, a definite design aptitude in style and furnishings – Karnaca is an all new metropolis and a heat southern capital, and the visuals replicate that.

You can see this distinction within the sport itself, as your character travels from gray Dunwall to vibrant Karnaca, and for Mitton, that change was a problem.

“It’s hard to manage colours. It’s easy to work in black and white,” he stated.

“If you possess a fish and you enter a building, or you enter with badass powers by the rooftop, or you just take the front door, it’s different emotions because you don’t enter the building the same way.”

“People react differently to different colours. The way I wanted colours is that per mission or per room, I know that some colours can convey certain emotions. So we play with that inside rooms or in a house. Sometimes it’s all wooden. Something red, maroon. Then you have to compensate with the lighting which has to be more blue or more warm.”

This color manipulation adjustments how the participant receives every new space, and it’s one thing you see in motion pictures and comics. With video video games, and particularly a non-linear sport like Dishonored 2, issues are trickier.

“If you possess a fish and you enter a building, or you enter with badass powers by the rooftop, or you just take the front door, it’s different emotions because you don’t enter the building the same way,” Mitton stated.

“So we tried to manage these colours globally and then we go into specifics based on play tests. Time after time we iterate and then make them really specific.”

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The artwork groups has to return to the drafting board if missions are re-ordered throughout growth, however clearly Arkane acquired it sorted out in the long run as a result of Mitton is completely pleased with the outcome – a really uncommon prevalence in sport growth.

“I am super satisfied by what we did for Dishonored 2. Some people say about the original game that it’s a living painting. It’s a success in terms of how do you manage art in a video game. And now that we’ve raised the bar in every corner – graphics, content, message – I don’t feel that I can’t be satisfied,” he stated.

“I’m really satisfied with the result. This is the first time I’ve reached the point in a project where there is nothing I want to change.”

Mitton and his workforce achieved this exceptional feat by way of his perfectionism; he refuses to let something slip. Every artwork division was topic to his will on this regard, guaranteeing every thing from characters to VFX and past hit a stage according to Mitton’s private targets – this time.

“The next project we will raise the bar again,” he added.