New BloodRayne: Betrayal screens and video highlight “sophisticated” new look

Looking forward to finding out what would happen if vampire-centric demon-hunting took a 2D, anime-inspired turn – but your copy of Symphony of the Night's packed up in the closet with all your old PS1 gear? It just so happens to be your lucky day, with a new batch of screens released for WayForward’s upcoming BloodRayne relaunch, BloodRayne: Betrayal. There's also a dev diary, in which developer Sean Velasco all but apologizes for the series' previously lewd tone and explains how his team came to the counter-intuitive decision of adding more clothes to their heroine for her 2D debut.

BloodRayne fans are no doubt used to betrayals of sorts by now, with every movie adaptation more harshly derided than the last and the games themselves tending habitually toward scores in the mid-seventies or outright cancellation. As Velasco explains, the team hopes to reinvent the title with a little less of the series' trademark prurience – Rayne herself, famous for being featured topless in a Playboy “shoot,” now wears more than most of the Belmonts – with a greater focus towards stylish, anime-esque action. Betrayal launches at the end of August on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network – how do you like the look of these new screens?

Aug 3, 2011


  • UsernameLoser - August 4, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    And now we wait for The Shroud. In gimmicky 3D!
  • DeathNick88 - August 4, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    I love the new direction, it's a lot cheaper to make a game this way and give a lot of room for artist to be creative.
  • BeerBaron - August 4, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    Excellent animation.
  • ninjaemperor - August 4, 2011 4:55 a.m.

    It almost looks like playing a Miyazaki film at points, holy shit!
  • Z-man427 - August 4, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    Does that Heath Bar look suspiciously similar to that of Prince of Persia?
  • LiaraLoveSlave - August 4, 2011 2:56 a.m.

    This games looks to be dripping with style. Love the blood-filled hammer-wielding meatbag thingies. Super sexy inaction animation as well.
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - August 4, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    Could it be? A Bloodrayne game worth playing? Somebody help me extract my monocle from my cup of Earl Grey.

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