Some demo footage has been shared for action-RPG Vampyr, showing off the game’s stealthy hunting mechanics and dialogue-oriented style.
Vampyr is the newest game from developer Dontnod Entertainment; known for their previous work on the award-winning Life is Strange. Far from the angst-ridden hallways of Blackwell Academy, however, players explore the influenza-swept streets of 1918 London, controlling a doctor-turned vampire who must kill in order to survive.
The events of the game are based on the real-life Influenza pandemic, and as such the theme of illness looks to play an integral role in Vampyr’s investigative gameplay. One section shows protagonist Jonathan E. Reid using his vampiric senses to analyse the blood of passersby for signs of weakness, and using mind control to lure victims to their deaths. You’ll also be able to purloin certain clues from enemy corpses to unravel the game’s plot.
Despite their visual and thematic differences, Vampyr utilises the recognisable dialogue options native to Life is Strange. You’ll be able to use conversation and interrogation to uncover more about certain characters, as well as make pivotal decisions that alter the overall storyline. There seems a much greater emphasis on combat here, however, with players able to hack enemies down with rusted machetes and use their shadowy vampire powers to teleport to higher areas.