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Dissecting The Dishonored Trailer: What Secrets It May Hold
While I'm not always 100% accurate in my random theories, every once in a great while I do manage to hit the nail on the head. Just because there isn't a whole lot of information to go on at the moment doesn't mean I can't work up a pretty
The trailer begins with our hero Korvo sitting practically naked in a random, dark dungeon. judging by his beard and the amount of grime he is covered in, I'd say he's been sitting down there for a while. At least long enough to go a wee bit crazy. From the very moment we see Korvo we know something is wrong.
Does this look like the face of a perfectly sane man?
While it may seem like the voices in the trailer are just there to explain why Korvo is in this prison, it is pretty obvious that he hears them too. He squirms and shudders as the voices speak to him. One being the Empress, telling him about how her heart is at ease with him, the other a more angry voice insisting he had killed her.
And then to make matters worse, there's somebody standing outside his cell. Speaking in a very mocking tone, this stranger seems to know an awful lot about Korvo and just what took place during the Empress' assassination. He teleports into the cell with Korvo and talks to him a bit longer before giving him his mark and an array of powers along with it.
I'm just going to assume he's a great guy who wants to help.
From the way he's talking, it seems he believes Korvo is going to die no matter what. He says "You don't want to end your life to the sound of idiots cheering as your head hits the mud, let's see if we can do better." To me, "doing better" implies going out with a bang. Killing and destroying as much property as possible.
But if he thinks Korvo is going to die, then odds are he's going around giving other people powers too. One man causing a ruckus in the city isn't going to be enough to bring it to it's knees. If it was, then he would be doing the destroying himself. So look forward to possible encounters with other super powered people.
There's also the Fight Club theory where Korvo and the stranger are one in the same.
But the question still remains. Why does this man want to destroy the city? Well, there is an actual explanation for that. In the description of the game, it says the city's military has gotten a hold of a strange new technology and is ruling the people with an iron fist. More than likely, that technology belongs to this strange man who is none too happy about it falling into their hands.
Instead of going head to head with the military, he can just go around and make other people do the work for him. Things will get messy, but his hands will stay clean until you inevitably have to fight him at some point, because really, that's just how games work. So with your new powers of destruction you escape the dungeon and begin your campaign of terror.
After Korvo's introduction to this magical terrorist, we cut to a fully decked out version of our hero on the prowl, jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Other than the supposedly awesome teleportation ability that allows you to jump huge distances, this will probably be the player's main way of transportation, seeing as the ground is just too dangerous.
Notice the ball of energy he's shooting at the people. That is important.
As you can see in the trailer, there are men wearing what appear to be suits of armor powered by the same glowing energy given to Korvo by the stranger (which gives weight to the whole stolen power theory!) These guys are able to look over walls and use their stolen power to light up any area with huge balls of flame, which isn't a good thing for our stealthy hero.
On top of that nonsense, judging from the trailer there will be absolutely no cars whatsoever. In a true show of absolute control of the city, all cars are stuck on tracks leading to different locations in the city. So unless you want to ride a slow moving tram around the city instead of using your teleporting power, that means no cars.
Every car will be a glorified kid's carnival ride! WE DEMAND IT!
As for that whole plague that seems to be killing everybody, I know it's a huge leap seeing as there is no information, but I'm guessing this stranger friend of ours has something to do with it. In an attempt to get back what is his, he likely poisoned the city in some way, but seeing as it is mentioned in the trailer that the rich and powerful have an immunity to it, he had to step it up to absolute carnage.
Now I'm no expert on super plagues, but dumping the infected bodies into the town's water probably isn't helping in the whole isolation of the disease, while this is no confirmation in anyway, I think we might see a repeat of Red Dead Redemption and have to keep out of the water to avoid infection. Could be wrong, but that's my guess.
Finally we reach the end of the trailer where Korvo displays some of his real abilities, and surprisingly they aren't all combat oriented. During the trailer you see our possibly insane hero peeking in through a keyhole to see who is on the other side of the door. Of course he's spotted and has to fight, but for us stealth players we should have a lot of fun listening in on conversations instead of stabbing everybody.
Finally, a Peeping Tom simulator
Not shown in the trailer, but discussed in gameplay videos is the ability to possess people, animals, and objects. You actually inhabit their body and use them to walk around freely. It sounds a lot like Prototype, because it is a lot like Prototype. But in a stealth game where everybody knows your face/mask and wants you dead, it is a power our hero needs.
For those of you who are more inclined to act in violence, there's still plenty for you. Korvo is an expert in hand to hand combat, dropping upwards of five armed guards with a dagger and some sort of energy gun in the trailer. Not only did he show great skill while fighting, but he is absolutely ruthless. Without letting the guy he was spying on even talk he just slashes his throat and leaves.
Remember that ball of energy the giant guys shot? Look at the ball of energy swirling around his hand.
But exiting the building leads to two twelve foot tall problems. Those flame bomb guys are back and they're itching to fight. The trailer ends with Korvo preparing to unleash some sort of energy blast from his hand as the game's logo flashes on screen. End trailer! Looks like it could be cool though.
While I could be wrong about this strange man just using you to get back what belongs to him, the evidence in the trailer really supports the theory in my eyes. Of course, before I wrote this I also had a theory that the stranger was a time traveling Korvo... But this theory sounds better.
As always, thanks for reading. What do you think the game could ultimately be about? Do you think it might be leaning into some sort of Lovecraftian type of story? Why not share your comments below?
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