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Dishonored originally set in London 1666, art director talks early concepts

Dishonored is an stylised game, and Arkane's art director Sebastien Mitton has revealed some of his earliest concept art when depicting the city of Dunwall. Mitton has also revealed that the game was originally set in London during the year 1666.

Speaking with OPM, Mitton discussed and showcased his art, starting with the below piece:

Mitton said of his work, "This is the very first pencil drawing we did when the game was set in London, in 1666. I’m a bit nostalgic when it comes to this one, but in a positive way."

"This is the piece of art that triggered lots of excellent work in terms of architecture – all the landmarks…there were more than 80 cathedrals in the skyline by that time. There is this very specific skeleton aspect to the facades, there is a canyon feeling in the streets, there are strong shadows."

The gallery and insight is stunning, as Mitton discusses how his team researched the Black Plague that spread across London, how the game's weapons were crafted and more. Check it out here.

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