Soapbox: After Redfall's Reception, I Really Hope The Dishonored 3 Leak Is Real
Image: Dishonored 2, Arkane Studios

It sure has been a week, huh? Thanks to Microsoft's ongoing FTC court case, loads of upcoming Xbox plans were leaked online this week - even if they are severely outdated at this stage. In and amongst those leaks was quite a detailed roadmap of Bethesda's upcoming schedule, and while supposed Fallout and The Elder Scrolls remasters will no-doubt grab lots of attention, it's the mention of one Arkane series that has me most excited - Dishonored.

Dishonored 2 is seven years old this year, and while I personally preferred the franchise's first outing, the sequel was fantastic too and I've wanted another one ever since wrapping up my time in the fictional lands of Karnaca. Both of the first two Dishonored games are high-mark entries in the immersive sim genre, and they both show off Arkane at its absolute best.

And while Dishonored 3 hasn't been officially revealed just yet, it was named on this Bethesda roadmap, which at least gives me hope that it's still in the works over there at Arkane. It was right down at the bottom of the roadmap though, so even if it's still being worked on, we shouldn't realistically expect it to launch anytime soon.

Having said that, I can't imagine that the release and reception of Arkane's latest title, Redfall, will have put the brakes on something like another Dishonored game. We're not privy to any insider information here, but Redfall didn't exactly go to plan, did it? This studio is known for its deep & immersive single player offerings and the sooner it gets back to that ethos, the better.

Soapbox: After Redfall's Reception, I Really Hope The Dishonored 3 Leak Is Real 1
Image: Redfall, Arkane Studios

Another thing worth mentioning is that, really, Arkane just has to follow its own blueprint with Dishonored 3, right? It's been so long since 2 that similar concepts on brand-new tech will be impressive enough for many, especially as a follow-up to Redfall. We have faith that Arkane would bring plenty of cool new concepts to the table though, especially with this franchise in particular.

Anyway, as you can probably tell I'm very, very happy that Dishonored 3 has been referenced in some fashion - I just hope that plans for the franchise's big return are still full-speed-ahead in 2023. Bethesda's roadmap is looking rather tasty indeed, and if the team is planning a Dishonored-flavoured dessert to finish this roadmap off, count me well-and-truly in.

What do you want from a potential Dishonored 3? Leave your thoughts down below.