In a new interview with gaming site Game Informer, Harvey Smith - the creator of the Dishonored - spoke about the role of sexuality within the game's world, and the introduction of gay and bisexual characters for the upcoming Dishonored 2.
“We wanted to have more representation this time," he said of the gaming sequel, which will be out in November. "We’ve tried to put more people into key roles who are people of colour and to be more reflective of how the world works and to be less homogeneous."
Within the world, Smith reveals that there will be “at least a few characters who, if you dig into them, you realise that they’re not straight."
The LGBT characters are not the main focus of the story, but rather, an element of the Dishonored world. "It’s a quick paced action game or a slow paced stealth game where those things are secondary," Smith explained. "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’.
“There is a gay character, there’s a bi character. We’re better in representation in that sense,” he confirmed.
The original game received praise for its female protagonist, who is portrayed as a strong, non-sexualised character - somewhat of a rarity in the gaming industry.
Many fans of the game have theorised that Emily Kaldwin, the game's protagonist, is a lesbian. Smith said that the game doesn't "come down strongly one way or another about Emily's sexuality", but rather that the games leaves her sexuality intentionally ambiguous.
“Once we were aware that people care about that, I also tried not to do anything that precluded their interpretation of the character," he said.
Dishonored 2 will be released November 11, 2016.