measured how violent and destructive you were as you played and changed the world accordingly. Go through the game stabbing everyone you saw and you’d get to the final level with a torrential downpour overhead, no friends and a city consumed by rats.
Dishonored 2 is continuing with that chaos system, and Bethesda are showing off how the two play styles differ in the game’s latest pair of trailers. The two trailers are of the same level but with one playing non-lethal and low chaos, and the other playing very lethally and high chaos. You can see the number of different routes through the level and the different items and abilities available to each style.
High chaos looks genuinely terrifying, as you chase after enemies and tear them limb from limb. Low chaos seems like more of a slow burn as you peek around corners, knock out enemies and hide bodies.
Plus, the trailers are a good look at a new environment, The Clockwork Mansion, which is a great example of the 1800s mechanical sci-fi steampunk aesthetic the games do so well.
One of the biggest criticisms of the first game was that it discouraged lethal tactics but gave little variety for non-lethal play, but this trailer looks to make the argument that non-lethal will have just as many goodies to play with.
Dishonored was one of Paste’s favorite games of 2012 (has it been that long?), so this is one we’re itching to get our hands on.
Dishonored 2 hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on Nov. 11. Watch the high chaos gameplay trailer above, and the low chaos version below.