Yes, vampires are still a thing, or rather, “vampyrs” according to developer Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Focus Home Interactive. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Dontnod is currently developing and releasing the last two parts of the episodic time-bending escapades of two Oregonians(yay!), Life is Strange. They are also responsible for Remember Me, a game I have not personally checked out.
The trailer for Vampyr reveals a gritty and vindictive antihero with choice adjectives for his Edwardian homestead, but through the clouded veil of a
vampire’s, vampyr’s perspective, how do we know he’s not justifying his murder? I’m excited to press these moral quandaries and more, but unfortunately my hype will have to subside as the release date is sometime in 2017. Don’t worry though! It’s coming out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Until then I’d suggest watching the trailer about 730,000 times because the art in this looks great.
Vampyr runs on Unreal Engine 4 and plays like an RPG. You are Jonathan E. Reid, a military surgeon returning to the worst retirement party ever, and get to stalk prey in intimate ways. Each person has their routine and live different lives which only furthers an emotional connection, but how will you react when you finally strike and that person is dead forever? Each murder will have effects on the world and their blood will not just satiate, but will also strengthen your resolve, unlocking new powers in the process.
Vampyr also proclaims dynamic, real-time combat with ranged and kinetic melee options as well as vampyric powers.
Oh, and don’t worry, it’s not a modern game without an in-depth crafting system, which it needed, obviously.