In Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, players will take control of a very different hero. Billie Lurk, captain of the Dreadful Whale in Dishonored 2, does what she needs to, to survive. As a hired killer, that means taking on contracts to become a true assassin.
Like Corvo and Emily, Billie has undergone a transformation. A supernatural agent, Billie differs from the former though. She’s an assassin and like her mentor Daud, knows that some people just have to die. WIth that in mind, Arkane introduced the Contracts system to Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.
Contracts are side-missions, uncovered through exploration. They offer Billie the chance to assist the people of Karnaca (if the price is right) and take a break from the mission.
Contracts are a new system dreamed up by the Arkane team members in Lyon, France. We felt like mercenary Contracts were the right call for Billie as a new featurette, just like adding Favors felt right for Daud in the “Knife of Dunwall” and the “Brigmore Witches”, since Daud had years of experience running an underworld organization, and presumably a bunch of people owed him blood debts.
Most of the time, Contracts can be found and undertaken in black market shops across Karnaca. They’re often stranger in nature than most Dishonored missions – Harvey Smith, Creative Director
Some examples of Contracts found within Dishonored: Death of the Outsider include, Kidnap the Bartender, Death to the Mime, Workplace Harassment and The Missing Brother. They’re a mixture of recon, stealth, assassination and information gathering. From the info provided by Arkane and Bethesda, Contracts sounds like a riff on Hitman.
Contracts can be failed, unlike main missions. Thankfully, players will be able to try again on a second playthrough with Original Game +.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 15, 2017.