The creators of popular stealth action-adventure game Dishonored announced that the latest installment of the series, Dishonored 2, will have a more inclusive cast of characters.
In an interview with Game Informer, co-creative director Harvey Smith opened up about the team’s decision to expand the diversity of its video game universe.
“We’ve tried to put more people into key roles who are people of color and to be more reflective of how the world works and to be less homogeneous,” he begins. “There is a gay character, there’s a bi character. We’re better in representation in that sense.”
He adds that there are a few characters who are clearly “not straight,” but because of the game’s fast pace, these things become “secondary.”
He expands: “When we handle something like that, we’d like to have it in the world, and not draw a big sign around it that says, ‘this guy is gay’.”
The world that he speaks of is the fictional industrial city of Dunwall, where the assassin Corvo lives in order to protect the young princess, Emily. The game has previously drawn praise for its dimensional portrayal of Emily, who begins her journey as a meek character but quickly transforms into a powerful assassin herself.
Previous theories have suggested that Emily might in fact be a lesbian, but Smith confirmed that he and the team were hesitant to “come down strongly one way or another about Emily’s sexuality.” He admits though that “once we were aware that people cared about that, I tried not to do anything that precluded that interpretation.”
Dishonored 2 will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 11.
h/t: Pink News