Is Bethesda Still Going Ahead With Dishonored and Rage Sequels?
Dishonored was one of the finest games of last year, and an awesome new IP from developers Arkane Studios. From the first reveal trailer, gamers were intrigued and wanted to dive into Corvo’s story, so it’s no surprise that the game sold more copies than even Bethesda expected. It’s something that’s somewhat of a rarity in the games industry nowadays, but now fans are wondering if Bethesda plans to turn the series into a franchise.
Speaking to IGN, Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines referred to Dishonoerd as “a new franchise” and explained how most games are started with a franchise being envisioned.
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“In general, we try not to wade into anything as a one-off in the first place, so yeah, for sure. The success of that game and how proud Arkane is of it and what goes on at any studio when they put out something like that and all the ideas that are coming out, certainly it’s something that we feel is a franchise.”
“It’s specific to Arkane. “What we do or don’t do on Dishonored has zero effect on Id, Tango, Machine Games. Each one, in some respects, kind of acts in a silo. It doesn’t really matter what those guys are making. ‘What are you good at? What are you going to work on next? What are you going to do next? Okay, that’s what we’re going to do.’ It’s as simple as that.”
Speaking of Id, what’s happening with Rage? Despite the lukewarm reception of the first title, Bethesda had commissioned work on a sequel, but a recent rumour suggested that Rage 2 had been cancelled a while ago. Questioned about this cancellation, Hines had this to say.
“To be determined. We’ll see. Right now, [Id’s] focus is on their current project. They are full bore on that. What I’ve seen of it recently, I’m super happy about it. We want them to stick to that until we’re ready to talk about what that is. But let’s wait until we get there first.”
And their current project is? Doom 4 perhaps? No one really knows, but at least it’s not another Rage, the world can go a few more years without another disappointment.