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‘Dishonored 2’ Rumors: Speculations That Unconfirmed Delay Is A Marketing Strategy

Dishonored 2 (Credit: Dishonored 2 Official Facebook Account) Dishonored 2 poster
October 21
9:54 AM 2015

Dishonored 2, the first-person, action-adventure-stealth game is a sequel to Dishonored, developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Since no official date of release has been announced, it was expected to hit the markets in Q1 or Q2 of 2016. However, a recent hysteria among the gaming community spreads rumors and speculations on a possible delay in the game's release, inferring from an official Facebook post.

The game's release was first hinted during a press conference on the 2015 E3, Gaming Bolt cited. A Youtuber by the name of Matty Schroeder noticed a conversation on a presentation of Dishonored Co-Director, Harvey Smith. A heavy French-accented voice could be noticed from the conversation which was confirmed to be of Arkane Studios' President, Ralph Colantonio. Bethesda revealed the development of Dishonored 2 at a press conference the following day.

However, rumors have been circulating that Bethesda might have been indirectly announcing delays, as the speculation focused on a release window they posted on Dishonored 2's official Facebook page. The window first showed "Spring 2016", but a later window just revealed "2016", omitting the "Spring" which caused the said hearsays. If such delay is true, iDigital Times speculated that such amendment impending is not a surprise. As one would notice, the trailer showed only cinematics, not an actual gameplay.

Others comment that Bethesda may just be safeguarding itself from competing with the release of major titles, or they just want the release to be more flexible. Segment Next opined that it would be a smart move for the developers to shift the release from Spring when there are many major releases to a less buy time for a greater chance of selling well.

Despite assumptions from the gaming community, there was no official statement of a delay. Nevertheless, Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks' Dishonored 2 shall be released on 2016, as shown in their official release window.

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