Dishonored 2 arrives this November

The sequel to Arkane's critically-acclaimed stealth game sees Corvo's ward Emily grown up and killing with the best of 'em.

Game Informer has rolled out the cover art for its June exclusive on Dishonored 2, and boy howdy, this game is looking more stylish every time we see it. First teased around last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), we can expect to see plenty more details including gameplay footage emerge in the next month, but until then we have a confirmed release date: November 11th.

Dishonored 2 -- which launches simultaneously on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC -- allows players to again assume the role of Corvo Attano, protagonist of the first game. But director Harvey Smith says he expects "the draw for a lot of people is going to be Emily Kaldwin," who appears here as an adult and a recently deposed monarch working to reclaim her throne.

Players begin Dishonored 2 on a tutorial level with Emily, after which they can decide whether to continue with the character or switch to Corvo. The main setting of the game is Karnaca, a city with more of a mediterranean flair than the more London-esque Dunwall. This is also apparently Corvo's homeland, meaning that playing through the game on either character lends a different perspective on the plague-infested goings-on. (Seriously, don't watch the trailer below if you're squeamish of parasites, or have trypophobia. If you don't know what trypophobia is, don't google it.)

I gave the first Dishonored a miss, but I've heard from plenty of folks eager to sing the praises of its level design and mechanics, which together offer a wide variety of solutions from straightforward takedowns to bloodless no-kill runs. Dishonored 2 looks to be following in the original's footsteps, with development studio Arkane promising even more challenging systems, including tougher enemy AI. So, whether you were fond of the first game or find yourself very recently invested in playing a stylish assassin in a fancy tailcoat, there's probably a lot to look out for in the coming month.

(h/t Game Informer.)

Disclosure: Cara Ellison, one of the listed writers on this game, is a friend of mine.

Kris Ligman is the News Editor for ZAM, and promised themself only one Killy McStabface joke per week, or what's the point really. Get it? Point? Yell about these terrible puns on Twitter @KrisLigman.