Dontnod got a nod of recognition (hehe) for Remember Me, and then a heap of it for Life is Strange. What’s next for the French developer? Well, vampires of course. The nature progression of things. Enter: Vampyr.
The game was originally announced mid last year with a concept trailer, but now we’ve seen it in not-so-much motion. In other words, screenshots. What can be told visually can instead be told with words from the publisher, Focus Home Interactive:
“Every character in the game has his or her own unique back-story and will affect the world. Be careful who you choose to hunt, as they will be gone forever, and their death will impact in a meaningful way the world that surrounds you. Feeding on human blood will not just keep you ‘alive’, it will also unlock new vampiric powers to use. As a Doctor, and a Vampyr who used to be human, you may also choose to heal your potential prey, crafting medicines from items collected in the game world.
“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, melee-focused real-time combat. It blends hard-hitting melee combat with supernatural vampire powers. 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.”
I can only imagine how your kills will impact the game’s story. That’s a pretty big promise, one that usually never lives up to expectations. If you kill your landlord will you still have to pay rent? If you kill all the nurses at your place of employment, will you have to bathe patients instead? If you kill yourself does the game give you a thumbs up at your clever avoidance of bloodshed?
Other than that, we know that it’s a 3rd person action RPG set in a Spanish flu ravaged 1918 London. Dontnod have said that Vampyr is their most ambitious game, and as a fan of both their previous ones, I’m definitely going to keep my eye on this one. If the first and second try were both charms, then the third might just be a complete home run. Guess we’ll see when 2017 finally rolls around.
Below are the screenshots. The game’s dark (it’ll of course mostly take place at night) and admittedly doesn’t look super impressive graphically. The lighting on the interiors is pretty solid, but the outdoor stuff just looks a little empty by comparison. But hey, the game’s nowhere near done, and it might pop out more in motion.