Arkane Studios is bringing some changes with its upcoming game Dishonored 2. Where the first game only featured a single protagonist Corvo, this time there will be two. Both of the main protagonists will be fully voiced, where Corvo in the first game was not.
Speaking with Gamespot Dishonored 2 creative director, Harvey Smith, discussed the reason behind the decision to change the formula a bit and what it accomplishes.
He said that having no voice for Corvo in the first game was “OK”, but giving them both voices makes for easier navigation through the game.
He said Arkane Studio first experimented with voice acting in Knife Of Dunwall DLC for Dishonored, in which Michael Madsen voiced the character Draud.
We did no voice for Dishonored 1; it was OK, you can do it. But then we experimented with the DLC, giving Daud a voice. It was crazy how useful it was as a developer. You often get players to a certain point and you really want them to look at this thing, but they just don’t see it. And so sometimes you can have the character go, ‘Wow, look at that!’ [laughs]. That’s a goofy example, but it works.
He further explained that, giving voice to the protagonist makes players emotionally attached to the character. He revealed that there were a lot of gamers who did not wanted to see the voiced characters, but there were a lot more saying Corvo seemed odd while being completely mute.
Smith again emphasized that Knife of Dunwall DLC was a training for Arkane Studio as it wasan opportunity for them to experiment with voiced characters.
[Experimentation is] one of those benefits of DLC that publishers often don’t see. The expense of DLC versus how much it makes often makes it a questionable gambit. But the fans love it and developers love it because we’re finally fluent with our tools, let’s make a mini-campaign. And then we also can experiment on things that we may apply to the next game. So [it has] indirect value, which is hard for capitalists to see.
Stephen Russel will voice Corvo and Erica Luttrell will voice Emily in Dishonored 2.
Dishonored 2 is scheduled to release on November 11, 2016 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.