I wonder what sales projections look like for Bethesda. The splendid news today is that Dishonored has outsold the publisher's expectations. But when they sell games like Skyrim, what must those expectations be like! Talking to Destructoid, the Mouth Of Bethesda, Pete Hines, was disappointingly cagey about saying exactly how many copies had sold (oh could this industry just GROW UP), but did explain that they were so impressive that Bethesda now have a new franchise on their hands.
Which, yes, means more sequels. Which raises that hoary dilemma: Dishonored was great, more Dishonored would be great, but what could Arkane make if they were free to do something completely original again?
It's not just doing well, it seems, but completely outdoing their projections. Hines told D-toid, "I can tell you that Dishonored is far exceeding our sales expectations, which is especially cool considering it’s new IP facing a host of well-established franchises this quarter." Apparently the game just had another great weekend over Thanksgiving - the Steam sale clearly gave it a healthy boost. He finishes, "We clearly have a new franchise."
So what do you want to see from more Dishonored? It's clearly a universe with the potential to tell more stories, and obviously much was left unexplained about that stupid devil character MacGuffin. Or do you wish the likes of Smith were turning their imaginations to creating a completely new world