Dishonored 2 Free Trial Hopes To Bolster Sales
Dishonored 2
(Last Updated On: April 7, 2017)

Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks released a free trial for the supernatural stealth game, Dishonored 2. The free trial features three missions from the campaign mode that players can dive into as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano.

The free trial is available right now over on the Steam store.

Jason from Bethesda also rolled out a quick 34 second teaser trailer on the Steam community page to help entice gamers to pick up a digital copy of the trial. Did I happen to mention that they mentioned that it was free? Because yeah… they really wanted you to know that it’s free.

So long as you hit the minimum requirements, you can grab the free trial right now.

In addition to this, they’re also selling the game marked down at 50% off the normal price. This means you can pick up a digital copy for only $29.99 instead of $59.99. Whatever progress you make during the trial can also be carried over into the full game if you decide to make the purchase.

The free trial is likely a way to lure PC gamers into picking up a copy since the game’s sales have basically stalled. According to Steam Spy they’ve only moved 546,302 copies from November 11th, 2016 to April 7th, 2017. It’s a far cry from the 3 million units moved for the original Dishonored on PC.

For a bit of perspective, NieR: Automata has managed to move 220,000 copies at the $59.99 price point over the course of three weeks. So Platinum Games and Square Enix did half the amount of Dishonored 2’s sales on PC in a fraction of the time that the game has been available for purchase.

I suppose it goes to show that just throwing in a female character into your game doesn’t guarantee sales, opposite of what SJWs have said in the past. In reality, you really need to have a solid, well made game to back it up.

In the case of Dishonored 2, the game launched with a lot of flaws on PC and a lot of issues that prevented PC gamers from enjoying the stealth-action title. Now that the free trial is available, PC gamers can play-test the game for themselves and see if it’s worth the $59.99… or in this case, the $29.99 price tag.

(Main image courtesy of Troy)


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  • LurkerJK

    I just tried the trial, 3 times the game locked up and my harddrive went balistic, the first 2 times it recovered after a minute or so but the third time i got a BOSD complaining about ntfs.sys … after that my pc would not boot, it would go directly to bios.

    Turning it off instead of soft reseting fixed it…. yeah im not touching it anymore, i could be wrong but i suspect denuvo, if it wasnt obvious that was not a good impression (also, im getting a bit worried for Prey, this game has been out for a while and they havent fixed it, uh oh)

  • MONAD

    The first game was quite good from what I recall. Wtf happened to the second game? It’s like they Mary Sue’d their way to appeasing Feminists and forgot to actually.. you know.. make a good game.

    • Well Dishonored 2 is serviceable but it’s a little too recycled for its own good. They had an opportunity to really try something new and instead they played it very safe.

      The first game was completely different from everything else out at the time, but making a follow-up where the only major selling point was “female with new super powers” wasn’t really enough to make it stand out, especially in comparison to the original.

      • MONAD

        Yeah. That’s what I was gathering as far as the second game was concerned. I might grab it if it goes on sale sometime soon, but I’m definitely not paying full price for a game that was marketed as, “OMGZ, LOOK AT OUR SUPER AWESOME BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER GUYS.”

  • daniel_ream

    Larry Correia hammers this point repeatedly over in the SF writing community. Nobody’s saying you can’t have a message or an agenda in your art, but it damn well has to be entertaining first. You can add the message on top afterward.

    • Perfectly well said. A lot of these newer games remove a bunch of gameplay features, do the bare minimum with “representation” and then expect the game to sell gangbusters.

      • daniel_ream

        I do think one problem is the very long cycle time for a video game. We’ve seen how much society can change in just 3-5 years. Short of delaying the game a year and retooling any “problematic” elements, games just can’t react to the market as fast as a TV show or a book author can.

        It does surprise me that large video game publishers don’t have enough sales data to know exactly who’s buying their games, though, and exactly how many sales they get from SJWs. I suppose the used games market makes that kind of opaque, but really. “SJWs don’t actually buy things” is kind of a cliche by now.

        • It does surprise me that large video game publishers don’t have enough sales data to know exactly who’s buying their games, though, and exactly how many sales they get from SJWs.

          They definitely have that data, but either the people in marketing are SJWs and they’re fudging the numbers, or they don’t care and want to lose money.

        • fnd

          “”SJWs don’t actually buy things” is kind of a cliche by now.”

          Depends, some fat cats do support SJW celebrities like Anita Scamkesian, Asexual Zoe Slut(2,5k a month), Tranny nutcase Wu (1,3k a month), etc… It may be a cliche to say SJW’s don’t buy things, but they do support their allies way more than moderate left and right wing.

          • daniel_ream

            Sure, but supporting their activist allies isn’t affecting the bottom line of the producers of the products they rail about. That’s what I mean: retailers should have ample evidence now that for all their shrieking, SJWs don’t actually buy product. So you don’t have to listen to them.

            It reminds me of Cristal champagne’s managing director ten years ago commenting publicly that they were dismayed that nouveau riche rappers were extolling their brand, as that wasn’t the demographic they wanted associated with their name. Jay-Z responded by very publicly announcing that he would never mention Cristal again and would never buy it again, nor would any of his homies or businesses.

            Cristal director: “Mission accomplished”.

  • AlecJ

    I rented Dishonored 2 from Gamefly. I wanted to like it and kept trying to push through far enough into the story to when it would grab me. It never did. I sent it back 3 months later having never gotten past the first few hours. I dont know why, the series just cant keep me playing.

    That clockwork mansion looked pretty cool….fwiw.

    • Art-style is fantastic, but a large portion of the game feels like a series of static modules connected through rest zones. For me, the game felt a little too safe and the dangers only ever really became present toward the end or levels where you couldn’t be spotted at all.

      There were also no actual villains that could really match Emily/Corvo in their powers, so a lot of them seemed too easy to kill.

  • lucben999

    Why do they think letting people pirate three missions will increase sales, isn’t that stealing? Isn’t downloading those missions for free tantamount to killing the families of the people who worked on them?

    Also, this game still hasn’t been cracked as far as I know and it’s been well marketed, so how can it be selling poorly? Such a thing is simply not possible.

  • lucben999

    Why do they think letting people pirate three missions will increase sales, isn’t that stealing? Isn’t downloading those missions for free tantamount to killing the families of the people who worked on them?

    Also, this game still hasn’t been cracked as far as I know and it’s been well marketed, so how can it be selling poorly? Such a thing is simply not possible.

  • MR D

    I had this game on my wishlist since I loved the first one so much.
    But this is buggy and really does not “feel” the same at all.
    Saved me some money.
    Thanks demo!

  • SevTheBear

    I guess the problems with Nier ain’t big enough for it hold back it’s sales on PC. But then again a modder came to the rescue to fix what the port team fail at.