'Dishonored 2' has a good reason to play its New Game Plus mode

You'll be able to combine the powers of its two leads.

If, like me, you're already deep into the intricate world of Dishonored 2, be prepared to keep playing for a while. Bethesda just revealed that the title's first free update will include a "New Game Plus" mode, which will give you full access to the skills from its two heroes, Emily and Corvo. Up until now, each character could only use abilities within their specific skill trees. In a New Game Plus playthrough, which is unlocked after beating the game, you'll be able to use Emily's "Mesmerize" to stun an enemy and then follow it up with Corvo's ability to summon man-eating rats. You know, as one does in the Empire of the Isles.

Additionally, playing through Dishonored 2 with New Game Plus will let you carry over the Runes and Bonecharms you've already collected. And yes, you'll be able to re-assign Runes as you see fit. The game's first update will be released on December 19th for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and PC users can test out a beta version starting today.

If you're wondering what's next for Dishonored 2, Bethesda also announced that its second major update will land in January and will let you choose specific missions (which is useful for gathering all those collectibles you've missed), as well as fine-tune the game's difficulty.