It's been announced in name before - Vampyr - but now we have more info on the next game from Life is Strange developer Dontnod. It's an action RPG about a 19th century surgeon turned vampire, roaming London during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic.
Yes, it is unexpected after a time travelling teenager, but admit it: it's kind of exciting.
According to game director Philippe Moreau (seriously? As in 'Island of...'?) this is an "action RPG with tight combat mechanics, exploration, and investigation – you’ll have to collect clues, and talk to many people as you prowl the streets of London". I've deleted the word 'visceral' from the combat description because developers have to stop using it.
The set up alone is interesting, but a lot of what Philippe says only adds to that. The main character is a surgeon called Reid, so there are "makeshift weapons" like a saw, as well as vampiric powers and ranged weapons to use against human and "mythical" enemies.
Apparently everyone you meet will be a target you can kill/eat but that could have unforeseen consequences of some kind. It's a price Reid will apparently have to pay for being immortal while making his choices from what he learns, sees, or the friends or allies he wants. The implication being that you can decide who deserves to die if you fancy placating your conscience, but you will have to kill to stay alive no matter what.
The post-World War 1, flu epidemic setting has been picked as a time when science was starting to becomes a more disciplined activity but folklore and supernatural beliefs were still prevalent. Effectively, best of both worlds: Reid is trying to investigate his 'illness' like a proper doctor, but monsters still wander the alleys. Plus that Ripper-tinged, smoggy London street thing is perfect for a horror game.
All sounds great on paper, now it just has to be good.
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