Emily is the daughter of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, who was assassinated at the start of Dishonored and Corvo Attano, the hero of the game.
Arkane co-founder and Dishonored 2 co-director Raphael Colantonio told Mashable at E3 2015:
"Emily in the first one was really an anchor to the world,". "There was not much worth saving other than her. So she became really interesting to us."
Sequel co-director Harvey Smith adds:
" She's special because she's watching you. If you play very violently, she changes in the game. She's special because she's watching you. If you play very violently, she changes in the game. So people were interested in Emily,"
"You have this privileged girl who, instead of living the life she would have lived, got interrupted by this tragic event. But then she was raised by Corvo the rest of the way. So who would she be as an adult?"
Emily isn't the only playable character in Dishonored 2. Corvo is back as well, and it's up to players to decide which role to take. The player gets a chance to pick between Emily and Corvo early in the game and that's the end of it, there's no turning back.
"We were trying to decide how ... to break it up so you make the choice," Smith explains, and the game's lead level design director, Christophe Carrier, who came up with a perfect solution.
"He's the one who recommended, maybe you play as Emily for like half an hour and then you get to this pivotal moment where a dramatic thing happens, and you choose at that point whether to continue with Emily or switch to Corvo. And then you're locked in."
Dishonored 2 lets players choose between assassins Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano
Explore a world unlike any other as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano – both powerful assassins with their own unique set of supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets. Define your own playstyle by blending immersive first-person action, assassination, stealth, mobility and the game’s brutal combat system. Combine the tools at your disposal to creatively eliminate your enemies whether you choose to pursue them unseen or ruthlessly attack head on with weapons drawn. Show no mercy and leave chaos in your wake or find a more subtle way to eliminate your targets. More than ever the choices you make will determine the outcome of each mission, and ultimately the game.
Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the Lord Regent has been vanquished and the dreaded Rat Plague has passed into history. An otherworldly usurper has seized the throne from Empress Emily Kaldwin, leaving the fate of the Isles hanging in the balance. As either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca – a once-dazzling coastal city that holds the key to restoring Emily to power. Armed with the mark of the Outsider and powerful new supernatural abilities, hunt down your enemies and forever alter the fate of the Empire.
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