Live-Action Dishonored 2 Is A Bit Weird

Live-Action Dishonored 2 Is A Bit Weird
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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.


  • I’m with you Alex. I’ve never connected to live action promo/portrayals of video games and see a disconnect that perhaps someone who is into cosplay would definitely get into. For me the best promo pieces will always be for Assassin’s Creed Unity (even though the initial game itself shipped in a bad state) and of course Stars Wars KOTOR latest fantastic trailer. Not so with this as it’s live action (set in Prague I think) — for me — disconnecting itself from the final beautifully stylised game world.

    • Destiny has really good Live Action trailers.

      I’m also with you Alex. The entire trailer is off, I mean honestly, Corvo is attacking guards in the middle of the street like he’s John Wick. Not cool.

      • Halo also had really good, compelling Live Action Trailers as well. Love those. Some studios just do them better than others. Unfortunately for this one, there was some sort of disconnect between the characters and the use of CGI, which you don’t notice in better produced pieces.

        • Yep. Although the marketing for Halo 5 was a bit of a facade. They built up all this tension between loche and john, but it all just dissipates in a single moment.

          • Yeah…that was a let down. But the live action stuff…..oh boy. Hence why I still wish it were a movie.

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