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It was revealed at the Game Developers Conference that Dishonored could have taken place in medieval Japan instead of its fictional, late 1600s London-esque world.
Arkane Studios art director Sebastien Mitton made the revelation, and explained why it didn’t pan out.
“We thought medieval Japan was not good for us because we do not know this culture,” Mitton told those in attendance.
The art director also revealed the origin of the enemies that walk around on stilts: they were based on the window washers the developers saw clean their office windows.
Mitton went on to explain how the team had architects and level designers working together so that everything fit, and trips to London were taken to help inspire the concept art.
Many ideas behind the art direction taken are detailed in our video interview with the game’s visual art director, Viktor Antonov.
What do you think? Would Dishonored have worked in medieval Japan?
That would have been an odd setting, but I still could see it being enjoyable.
That is interesting!
In the sequel maybe? Dishonored is like Assassin's Creed; it could be at any time in any place. The Outsider could bestow his powers on anyone. That's why I'm excited to see what they do next. Plus, it's surely going to be a next-gen game.
That would've been cool!!! I still need to play Dishonored.
We need more jp setting games ....but I could never picture dishonered in that setting.
Dishonored in Japan? That would have been interesting. Now I want a Dishonored game to take place in an Japanese inspired country. Speaking in terms of lore, it doesn't sound like any of the islands have Asian-like cultures. Maybe it could be somewhere on Pandyssia? Or however you spell it.
Assassin's Creed III almost took place there too. It seems that medieval/feudal Japan is a popular idea when it comes to stealth and action games.
Why wasn't AC smart enough to do this.
I think it could have been sick in Medieval Japan! Definitely different but that could have been sweet! Granted it seems very odd now for those who have played Dishonored but still!
Nah. For Dishonored? No. For AC? Yeah.
The whaling stuff makes a lot more sense now.
Dishonored look like it took place in the 1800s, not 1600s.
Not nearly as well.
It turned out well, so it doesn't matter. I hope AC will go that route some day though.
Hmm, that's an intriguing thought.
Wait, you mean lik an anime Dishonored?... Or just crazy clothes and buildings?...
Eh, just stick with steampunk, Arkane.