One of the great things about making a world inside a video game is the fact that you can make everything fit.
That’s kind of the problem I have with the live-action trailer for Dishonored 2 that went public early this morning. There’s no doubt it’s a very, very cool piece of work. The costuming and effects are fantastic — superb, actually — but there’s also a lot about it that just … is off.
For instance, take Emily just skulking down the street. In the final shot before she transitions it’s pretty visible that there’s a noticeable black smoke more or less indicating her position, even if you can’t immediately tell that it’s a person.
So why isn’t the whole town centre losing their shit about this low-flying pitch black storm cloud?
Anyway, let’s watch the trailer together.
Another thing that sticks out a little too much: the pitch black costumes and masks against the beige and creme urban environment. It just screams “I’M AN ASSASSIN” a little too loudly.
But that’s the cool thing about video games. You can make stuff work in them that doesn’t quite work in real life.
Dishonored 2 is coming out on November 11 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. If you’re going down to PAX, keep an eye out — one of their PAX booths last year was pretty damn cool.