After viewing the debut trailer for the latest from Bethesda and Arkane Studios, I started to wonder: Is this an intriguing example of the future direction for video games?

"Genre-bending" will likely be part of that future; evidence of games utilizing elements and mechanics from multiple genres can be found everywhere this generation. And really, that's just the beginning. As designers explore new ways of gameplay implementation and storytelling, we're bound to see a further blurring of the lines, which should eventually result in more cohesive experiences that aren't limited to one particular style, setting, or control system.

In examining what we know of Dishonored , perhaps it's fair to say that the game will combine elements of the role-playing, stealth, action, adventure, and even platforming categories. We still have to find out exactly how the game will play – for instance, for the platforming aspect, we would have to have mechanics similar to what we see in Assassin's Creed – but the blending and mixing seems obvious. Both general freedom and freedom of choice should come into play as well, which only proves that the traditionally inherent limitations of games will begin to fade.

I'm not saying Dishonored will be an example of next-gen software, but I am saying the direction it takes and the ambition it embraces may be a great example of the industry's new direction. By the way, I have similar feelings concerning Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us , although it may not have the RPG-like depth of Dishonored . All of this is theoretical, of course, but that's always part of the fun.

Related Game(s): Dishonored

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Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I think this game has the potential to be a big game changer, like Ben puts it. But I also see expectations growing out of proportion fast for a dev that hasn't exactly proven themselves as a AAA dev. I know people like Bioshock 2 but that game had a prior template laid out for them to work from. This is a new game with new everything. The trailer has done the job, they have the spotlight on them, let's just see if they can be that star everyone expects them to be.

Drake_RB3
Drake_RB3
9 years ago

Awesome trailer. Not sure if I'll pick it up yet but those are pretty cool genres to utilize.

Maybe even a touch of Mirror's Edge in there.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Agree with Drake, you'd need a Mirror's Edge-esque platforming ability. I can't think of a worse thing to do than try to implement that of Assassin's Creed, a third person adventure game.
All I know is I'm interested and Bethesda tends to create or oversee the best first person adventures to date.

raptassassin
raptassassin
9 years ago

@ WorldEndsWithMe
whats wrong w/ it having a assassin creed feel to it. i a ready like dishonored of wht ubi is doing w/ AC3

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You can't translate a 3rd person platforming element to a first and expect it to work.

___________
___________
9 years ago

not really the future, games have been blending genres for a long, long time!
R&C or J&D for instance brought a shooter to a platformer and made them work surprisingly well!
now its par for the course to have a gun with a platformer.
games that are a meld of so many genres are not exactly new!

raptassassin
raptassassin
9 years ago

Cant wait i pre-ordered this game last week. Is it just me or does it have a assassin creed feel to it?

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Most definitely an AC feel to it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You guys are insane, it's closer to Singularity or Bioshock.

wackazoa
wackazoa
9 years ago

And here I thought this article was gonna be about how awesome Steampunk is….

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

it should be

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
9 years ago

Judging by the trailer, it's mediocre at best. It has some pretty nice graphics and texturing, but all in all, it looks like a cheaper game from this side of the current gen era. I can't judge yet since there was no gameplay in the video I saw at all, but the first person aspect will kill it for me. Assassin's Creed elements jumbled with some used ideas from other games and you get a genre bender? No…