Dishonored co-creator Harvey Smith is working on an unannounced new game at Arkane Austin, alongside devs from the Dishonored and Prey teams.Speaking to Vandal (and translated by IGN), Smith explained that he had moved back to Austin after completing Dishonored 2 at Arkane’s Lyon studio, and confirmed that he’s not a part of the company’s next game, but a separate unannounced project: “I’m not on Deathloop , I’m on something else, working with the guys who made Dishonored and Prey.”
Vandal asked Smith if the upcoming acqusition had changed anything at Arkane as yet, who replied that there’s been no difference so far. He added that, of all possible partners for Bethesda, he’d find it difficult to think of a better one than Microsoft, concluding, “They fit perfectly.”
So Harvey Smith is working with the Austin team on this project since the development of Dishonored 2 ended, probably with a smaller team on pre-production at least until Prey shipped which would be something like the summer of 2017…I imagine a late summer/early fall 2021 release for their next game would not be out of the question considering we are talking about 4 years of development.
Halo Infinite, Starfield, Arkane Austin’s new project, Stalker 2, Wolfenstein 3 and Forza Horizon 5 could be one hell of a line-up for Xbox 2021 (aside from any potential surprise release from the Xbox Global Publishing team).
Feels so good to see the Xbox becoming the go to ecosystem for FPS, immersive sims and RPG’s. Especially the immersive sim genre deserves a lot more recognition and love from the gaming community and Game Pass may be the trojan horse that will finally make this happen.
The future looks bright from all the directions since the diversity is already here and will become even better with time IMO. Especially now that things look much better from the Japan side of things when compared to the previous generation.
Arkane would never make a game you want Prey to be. This would be made by someone else.
Arkane will continue with immersive sims and why would they leave their own created game and the cliffhanger for something completely different.
I say the next game will be a new IP.
Dishonored 2 sold poorly and Prey had some legs thanks to good talk but ultimately wasn’t a seller. I don’t think Prey is dead. It was intended to have a sequel but maybe the success wasn’t where it should be.
Immersive Sims what Arkane is focusing on are sadly a niche genre. Maybe Gamepass can help here…
You mean Death of the Outsider? I watched the beginning of it before buying all three Dishonored games but I haven’t played it yet. Not sure if I will because with me now having Xbox Series X, I really don’t want to play last gen games. Hehe.