Go on, Bethesda. Say it. Say the magic words "Dishonored 2". The publisher's PR boss Pete Hines has revealed that Dishonored is "exceeding our sales expectations" despite heavyweight competition, and confirmed that Bethesda intends to do more with the IP in future.
"I can tell you that Dishonored is far exceeding our sales expectations, which is especially cool considering it's new IP facing a host of well-established franchises this quarter," Hines remarked to Destructoid, when the latter popped the sequel question.
"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," he went on. "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."
"Franchise" doesn't necessarily imply "sequel", of course, and co-director Harvey Smith's dim view of "broken record" games publishing suggests that Dishonored 2 might be a bridge too far. But it's hard to string out an IP in the boxed game space without releasing additional games in boxes.
What would you do with Dishonored 2? Other than dribble over it, obviously. I'd plump for some of those powers Arkane cut to improve the game, especially the Shadow power - it's possible certain of these will appear in next year's Dishonored DLC packs.