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Dishonored 2's first trailer at E3 2015 revealed that players can become a new assassin called Emily. A follow-up video from Bethesda gives us more insight into who she is and what kind abilities she wields.
If you played the first Dishonored, you've actually met Emily before. Her full name is Emily Kaldwin and she was the daughter of the Empress. After her mother's murder, bodyguard Corvo Attano (the hero of Dishonored) watched over her.
The relationship between Corvo and Emily was a key part of that game. If the player completed missions with a minimum of violence, Emily would make cheerful drawings that portrayed Corvo as a father figure. If the player took a more violent approach in the game, Emily's drawings would instead of be dark and monstrous.
In the above video Q&A about Dishonored 2, co-creative director Harvey Smith said that there was "something magical" about Emily for the development team. They deeply wanted to bring her back for the sequel.
As soon as we finished Dishonored 1, we began talking about how - what we really felt energy about was continuing Emily's story. What kind of a person would she grow up to be? What kind of Empress would she be? And as you find out in the game: what kind of outlaw would she be?
Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the first game. Emily is now a 25 year old woman. She was raised and educated by Corvo since we've seen her last so she's no longer a privileged little girl anymore. Instead, she's a capable assassin just like her mentor.
The campaign starts with players controlling Emily for 20-30 minutes. We follow her through a typical day and also get reintroduced to Corvo. After a pivotal event occurs, players will then choose to become Corvo or stay as Emily. They'll control whatever character they chose for the remainder of the game.
If you pick Emily, you'll have access to a different set of powers. For example, she has Far Reach instead of Blink. Far Reach shoots out a tentacle that lets her grab a ledge from afar or stick to walls. She can also use it to snag enemies and then assassinate them in mid-air. Smith also mentioned an ability called "Shadow Walk" but says we'll find out more about that later.
Dishonored 2 is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Expect it to arrive on those platforms sometime in the first half of 2016.