Whale Oil-Powered, Steampunky, Quasi-Victorian Plague Assassin FTW!

You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.

Man, talk about a trippy concept! Bethesda has really gone off the deep end this time. In addition to the description above and the content of the trailer, here’s a fun little plot tidbit that Webmaster Mike told me about. Take a look in the background of 1:40 in the trailer and you’ll see a ship hauling a whale in a large harness. Apparently this weird alternate Victorian, plague-ridden reality is powered by WHALE OIL, which is so bizarre that I’m finding myself at a loss for words. Dishonored looks so weird, so neat, and so very, very cool, that I’m quite looking forward to playing it, even if it is just to see all the wacky stuff Bethesda has packed into this most unusual of games.

Dishonored comes out September 2, 2012.

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