Dontnod Entertainment, after the success of Life is Strange, are busy working on their next project, Vampyr. They have teamed up with Focus Home Interactive to bring us some new screenshots of the combat side of Jonathan Reid’s exploration of Georgian Britain.
This action-RPG will see you wandering the flu-ridden streets of London in 1918. All manner of dangers lurk in the shadows as an epidemic of Spanish Flu sweeps the streets. From Vampire Hunters to mutated abominations, Reid will be faced with foes as well as friends on his mission to discover the truth behind his new affliction.
Armed with some conventional melee and ranged weapons, Reid will have to dodge and attack his enemy to fill up his Blood Gauge. This then allows him to unleash powerful Vampire attacks. From impaling enemies on a spike, to draining them of blood from a distance, as the Blood Gauge fills during a combat situation, his Vampire affliction will slowly start to overtake his more human side. This will unleash ever more destructive spells and abilities against those who are trying to stop him.
As with other RPGs, Vampyr will contain a skills-tree, unlockable as you progress through the game and as you gain more and more experience. As this skills-tree is non-linear, you will be able to equip these in any order, effectively allowing players to create their own archetypes to match their playing styles. Dish out more damage by playing aggressively or focus on crowd control and keep your foes at bay, Vampyr should offer tactical play as well as all-out action.
Combat difficulty can also be affected by player actions outside of combat. Feeding on civilians provides a huge XP boost, which makes combat situations much easier, but that will come with a cost. Increased danger on the streets and narrative consequences for the citizens are some of those costs.
Players will need to investigate who to take out for a bite, and who to spare individually. The conscious need to increase their strength must be balanced against the possible impacts on the story, if you decide to take the wrong character for a drink. Reid’s Vampire instincts are always working against his human side in Vampyr.
Vampyr is scheduled for a 2017 release on Xbox One.