The “Dishonored” Franchise Put On Hold

Nearly two years on since the arrival of stealth-action video game “Dishonored 2” and a worrying concern now appears to be confirmed – developer Arkane Studios has put the franchise on ice.

In an interview with VG 247, Arkane’s lead designer Richardo Bare confirmed the franchise is on hold: “I can’t say definitively what might happen down the road, anything could happen, but [Dishonored] is resting for now.”

The comment comes after the second game failed to ignite sales chats for publisher Bethesda in the way the first did, and with AAA games you have to move plenty of copies or the franchise is shelved ala EA’s scratching of the “Dead Space,” “Mirror’s Edge” and “Mass Effect” franchises and Square Enix abruptly ending the “Deus Ex” series.

The standalone expansion “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider” sadly didn’t seem to help much either, nor is the market with Bare explaining that games which focus on multiplayer and live-services like “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” are the hot tickets right now and so single-player titles like “Dishonored” and “Prey” from Arkane aren’t really a priority.