Yesterday, developer Arkane Studios announced that Dishonored 2’s second free update — titled Game Update 2 — is set to arrive first on PC as a Steam Beta on January 18th, before releasing in full on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on January 23rd.
Notably, the update comes with two major additions: additional Custom Difficulty settings and Mission Restart/Select.
With the Custom Difficulty settings, it is said you can further tailor your experience. For example, if you’re a stealth player who likes to be meticulous with your approach and explore every option, you can now move a slider that adjusts how effective you are leaning from behind a barrier when skulking around. With more than 2o different sliders, these new Custom Difficulty settings permit you to fiddle with everything from how quickly sleep darts take effect, to how many active enemies are likely to attack you at once.
Also included in the Custom Difficulty settings is a special slider for those seeking “the ultimate challenge,” aka Iron Mode. With Iron Mode, you’ll not only have to deal with permadeath, but you also won’t be able to manually save or load.
Lead Designer Dinga Bakaba added the following about the mode:
“Iron Mode adds even more teeth to Dishonored 2. You will have to live with the consequences of your actions, or die permanently because of them.”
With Game Update 2, you’ll also be able to replay any mission you unlock — which in turn will give you a better shot at accomplishing a Ghost or Clean Hands run. Important to note: these selectable missions will retain the status of your playthrough at the start of that mission (character, chaos, runes, money, choices, etc).
Game Update 2 will also include other new and improved features all based on player feedback. Arkane says it will have more details on those said features, as well as patch notes, “soon.”