Speaking to Vandal (and translated by IGN), Smith explained that he had moved back to Austin after completing Dishonored 2 at Arkane’s Lyon studio, and confirmed that he’s not a part of the company’s next game, but a separate unannounced project: “I’m not on Deathloop , I’m on something else, working with the guys who made Dishonored and Prey.”
Smith makes no further mention of what that project could be, nor how far away it might be. It’s possible that it could be a new Dishonored game, but we already know that any sequel to the much loved immersive sim series would feature new characters, after the Death of the Outsider ‘expandalone’ marked the end of the series as we know it.
Vandal asked Smith if the upcoming acqusition had changed anything at Arkane as yet, who replied that there’s been no difference so far. He added that, of all possible partners for Bethesda, he’d find it difficult to think of a better one than Microsoft, concluding, “They fit perfectly.”
Before we see Smith’s game, however, there’s the matter of the extremely exciting Deathloop, which arrives for PS5 and PC on May 21. We’ve named the time-looping FPS as one of the biggest games coming in 2021, not least because of its intriguing gameplay reveal last year.