Dishonored: Death of the Outsider once had Daud as the central protagonist

Arkane Studios’ upcoming standalone side adventure, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, will allow players to take control of the female assassin Billie Lurk for the first time in the series, which is a big deal for long-time fans considering how much of an impact Lurk has had on the series as a whole. However, Arkane did recently admit that, at one point, the new game would have starred Lurk’s equally infamous mentor, Daud, instead.

Speaking with PC Gamer, Death of the Outsider’s lead designer Dinga Bakaba revealed how Daud was considered as the game’s central protagonist at one point mainly because the studio knew major Dishonored series fans were already familiar with his powers and combat tactics (Daud was the protagonist of the two part Witches of Brigmore DLC for the original Dishonored). However, over time, Arkane had a change of heart:

“We weren't sure at first, but Billie became more and more interesting as we worked on Dishonored 2. There was an option where we could have just told this story through the eyes of Daud, by the way, but I think that would have been the easy road because his powers are known, it would mean less mechanical exploration.”

Bakaba went on to say that Billie also happens to be a much more interesting character considering the various stages she went through both in The Brigmore Witches and in Dishonored 2, making the decision to put her in the starring role an easy one to make.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will launch next week on September 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.