Bethesda have announced that Dishonored, currently in development at Arkane Studios (Arx Fatalis, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic), will be releasing in North America on October 9, in Australia and New Zealand on October 11, and throughout Europe on October 12, 2012.
From the press release:
Dishonored is set in Dunwall, an industrial whaling city where steampunk-inspired technology and otherworldly forces coexist in the shadows. You are Corvo, the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress who has been murdered. Framed for the crime, you become an infamous assassin, known by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card.
In a time of uncertainty, when the city is besieged by plague and ruled by a corrupt government armed with frightening technologies, dark forces bestow supernatural abilities upon you – but at what cost? The truth behind your betrayal is as murky as the waters surrounding the city, and the life you once had is gone forever.
We previewed the game in Germany last year, and came away impressed. If you liked BioShock or fancy the idea of a game with a HalfLife aesthetic and a player with magical abilities, we'd definitely recommend adding this one to your "Follow" list.
“We are pleased that Dishonored has captured people’s attention,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. “We are looking forward to sharing lots more information about the game leading up to its launch in October, and having a hands-on build of Dishonored in our booth at E3!”
We'll be at E3 and we've already booked in a slot to have a crack at it; look for our thoughts once the convention kicks off in LA at the start of June.