Dontnod and Focus Home Interactive have officially announced their partnership for the development of Vampyr, a new role-playing game powered by Unreal Engine 4 for current-gen platforms.
The studio behind Remember Me and Life is Strange unveiled a concept trailer for Vampyr, which sets the mood and universe of this new license, which promises to offer a unique, deeply immersive role-playing experience steeped in vampire mythology.
Vampyr is set in early 20th century Britain as the country is gripped by the lethal Spanish flu and the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence and fear. In a disorganized and ghostly city, those foolish, desperate, or unlucky enough to walk the streets lay prey to Britain’s most elusive predators: the vampires. Emerging from the chaos, a tormented figure awakens. You are Jonathan E. Reid, a high-ranking military surgeon transformed into a vampire upon his return home from the frontline.
Players will be able to explore the darkly atmospheric streets of early 20th century London, and interact with a multitude of characters with their own identities and importance.
In Vampyr, players will need to kill people in order to feed themselves. All characters in the game are potential victims of your vampiric lust. Players can study the habits of their next victim, his or her relationships with other characters, and set up their strategy to feed unnoticed by seducing them, changing their daily habits, or making sure they end up alone in a dark street.
In Vampyr, the death of certain characters will impact in a meaningful way the world that surrounds you. Moreover, you decisions will have an impact in the development of your character. And as you may have expected, feeding on human blood will also unlock new vampiric powers to use.
“There will be times when exploration and seduction will only get you so far, and you’ll need to resort to engaging in Vampyr’s dynamic real-time combat. It blends hard-hitting melee combat with ranged shooting mechanics and the supernatural vampire powers. You’ll face many types of enemies: different species of vampires and creatures, as well as vampire hunters who want to hunt you down with their weapons, tools and traps. In Vampyr, your health and the “energy” that drives your supernatural powers are one and same! Using powers will drain your own blood, giving you an edge in battle but also leaving you weaker. You will have to find a way to feed during combat to replenish your strength.”
Vampyr also promises to offer a deep crafting system. Players can find and loot materials and components from the fresh corpses of your victims or during exploration, in order to craft and improve tools, melee and ranged weapons, as well as special ammunitions and coating to exploit the weaknesses of your enemies.
Vampyr will release in 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.