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After 460,000 sales in the US and a series of No.1 placements in the UK charts for October (digital sales not included), it seems like publisher Bethesda is pretty darn happy with Dishonored‘s commercial performance, labelling it “a new franchise”.

We’ve got more on this after the break.

As well as generating a considerable amount of commerical success, the Arkane Studios developed first-person actioner has also been doing the business critically too.  The lowest rated version on Metacritic (the 360 SKU in this instance), is still sat on an extremely high 88 Metacritic rating, somewhat underscoring the overwhelming positive reaction the games press has had to the new IP.

With the sales and critical praise in near enough equal tally, Bethesda’s marketing head cheese Pete Hines was keen to welcome Dishonored into the publishers stable of IP; declaring that a new franchise had been born:

“I can tell you that Dishonored is far exceeding our sales expectations,which is especially cool considering it’s a new IP facing a host of well-established franchises this quarter.  We did terrific numbers again this past weekend, both in stores and on Steam, where Dishonored was listed as the number one selling title over the holiday weekend. And Dishonored has really sold well overseas.” He said.

Adding further, Mr. Hines went on to say “So, we’re very pleased and appreciate all the fans that have supported Dishonored and Arkane. We clearly have a new franchise.”

Considering just how good the game is and also the relative dearth of new IP around at the moment, I’d say its a job well done.  So here’s to more stealth stabbery and rat possession shenanigans in our futures then.

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