Dontnod Entertainment is working on their newest gaming experience, Vampyr. This RPG will test player decision-making, as killing and passiveness will be questioned. Your actions will dictate the world you inhabit, as choice is a central element of gameplay and Vampyr‘s narrative.
The game has been in development for a few years now. Dontnod is inching closer to completing the title. They have made such progress that they have provided a release window for the RPG. Dontnod is confirming Vampyr will launch sometime this coming November. No exact date is confirmable, but expect it to release this fall.
In case you aren’t familiar with the game’s background, Vampyr is set in London during 1918. The flu is infecting residents all over the city and gamers will make an impact. On one hand, they play Dr. Jonathan Reid, who is a doctor and wants to save lives. On the other, he is a vampire, who must feed.
To celebrate the announcement of a release window, Dontnod is showing off a new gameplay trailer. You can check it out above. In this new video, Jonathan journeys through “dark alleys, deadly underground passages, and corrupt neighborhoods,” which lead to The Ascalon Club. This is a society born from the richest vampires, and humans are unaware of its existence.
I spoke about choice earlier and this comes into play throughout the experience. You will need to choose which civilians you feed on and which ones you let live. Feeding allows you to become stronger as a vampire. The more you feed, the more vampire abilities you will acquire.
Dontnod does warn you to be ready to live with the consequences of your actions. A string of “interconnected citizens” will react to your decisions. It is their unique lives and relationships that produce the dynamic response to your actions. “Killing just one may cause the downfall of an entire city district. Your actions will save or doom London.” Can you live with that?
I don’t know about you, but I am loving the dark and real tone Vampyr is striking. Dontnod is becoming known as a developer that effectively and tangibly implements the element of choice. Their episodic series Life is Strange is a perfect example of that, and Vampyr looks like another. Vampyr will release this coming November and will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Vampyr.
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