E3 2017: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Focuses on Billie Lurk
It seems we’re not completely done with the world of Dishonored. Emily’s and Corvo’s stories may have ended (for now), but there are still people whose lives they touched for better or for worse during the events of Dishonored 2. During Bethesda’s E3 conference on Sunday, they announced a standalone entry titled Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. It shifts focus from the royal family of Dunwall, and places the spotlight squarely on another fascinating character, Billie Lurk. She and her former mentor Daud team up to assassinate everyone’s black-eyed, supernatural bae, The Outsider.
In conversation with IGN, Arkane Studio’s Harvey Smith discussed Billie and her special set of powers, particularly her “displace” ability which allows the player to move between and through walls.
It’s interesting strategically, these games are stealth games or high in combat games but of course you can approach everything in many different ways. Billie’s main mobility power is called ‘displace.’ If you read the comics there’s a hint that what happens in Dishonored 2 does something around her in time. Like, she both is in one state and in another at the same time, which causes kind of a distortion around her.
Displace is a power where she can imagine being where she’s at now or somewhere else and then choose to go there. What that means as a player is that you leave a marker in the world and then you can go about your business and do whatever you want and at any point switch with that marker.
That’s exactly what you see happening in the trailer (above). She put a marker in the hallway and then waits for her target to turn around. Then she “displaces” herself to that marked spot.
Smith then points out that Billie has not been marked by The Outsider. Her powers derive from a few artifacts on her person: the Eye of the Dead God is mounted where her left eye should be, an arm made up of pieces from the void, and a big ol’ knife that was originally used to sacrifice The Outsider.
As an added feature, Smith says that when players finish the game, they can enter into a feature called “original game plus” where Billie is equipped with Emily and Corvo’s skill set from the base game.
You can watch IGN’s entire interview with Harvey Smith in the video below: