Dishonored Bethesda now considers Dishonored a new franchise

Due to the critical acclaim and impressive sales figures of Dishonored, Bethesda Softworks now recognizes Arkane's supernatural stealth-infused release as an official franchise.

Bethesda Dishonored Bethesda now considers Dishonored a new franchise

Bethesda's recent release of Arkane's supernatural stealth mashup Dishonored has been met with critical acclaim and warm reception across the gaming sphere, garnering positive review scores and earning accolades from nearly every professional gaming website on the net.

Along with being hailed and praised as a fantastic and original IP brimming with potential, Dishonored has sold a considerable number of copies for each of its three platforms.

Dishonored's stylish visual flair and futuristic dystopian elements combine with tactical stealth action to bring a stunningly original title to a market that's dominated byfirst-person shooters and sequels–in essence, Arkane's newest release is a breath of fresh air for many gamers and offers something new for them to explore.

Due to the game's sucess, Bethesda's Peter Hines has told Destructoid that Dishonored has exceeded their expectations and is now being considered a bona-fide franchise.

"I can tell you that Dishonored is far exceeding our sales expectations," he says. "We did terrific numbers again this past weekend, both in stores and on Steam, where Dishonored was listed as the #1 selling title over the holiday weekend. 

And Dishonored has really sold well overseas. So, we’re very pleased and appreciate all the fans that have supported Dishonored and Arkane. We clearly have a new franchise."

Dishonored Aerial Bethesda now considers Dishonored a new franchise

This is exciting news for the game's considerable and growing fanbase who are eager to hear more about a possible sequel.

Seeing as Dishonored faced a variety of competition this season with Triple-A titles such as Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, it really says something when a brand new IP does well when competing against such hugely anticipated titles.

The game was also featured and discounted in many Black Friday sales, including Steam's Autumn Sale as well as Amazon's Black Friday video game sale, allowing many gamers to partake in the stealth adventure for a fraction of the retail cost.

While no actual information regarding a sequel has been revealed, it's a good sign that Bethesda now considers the IP a franchise that's rife for expansion. Until any additional info surfaces, gamers will have to make do with Dishonored's first DLC coming Dec. 11, 2012.

Dishonored is now available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. For more information please visit the game's official website.