Bandai Namco's Dystopian Vampire Anime Soulslike, Code Vein, Has a Trailer

Bandai Namco's Dystopian Vampire Anime Soulslike, Code Vein, Has a Trailer

Another year, another Dark Souls clone.

We finally have a real glimpse at Bandai Namco’s 2018 action-RPG Code Vein. Yes, the one with that stunning animated teaser. (Unfortunately, the game itself looks nothing like it.) Code Vein is under development from the God Eater team. And as Mike wrote in his news regarding the teaser, sounds funneled through the good ol’ Dark Souls formula (dungeon crawling, slow calculated combat, you know the drill). With the full trailer, those predictions prove to be correct. You can watch the new trailer for yourself below.

The Hiroshi Yoshimura directed Code Vein definitely has a look to it, a grim action RPG by way of future-vampire anime sensibilities. Code Vein follows the vampiric Revenant as they explore a desolate world, consuming blood to give them supernatural abilities all along the way. In the game you have the ability to befriend an in-game AI, one of the residents of the Vein, who joins you along your quest. Each character the player can take alongside them as a sidekick has their own unique backstory and combat style, changing the flow of the game.

The world itself looks visually bleak, befitting of its lore. As its website description paints part of it as, “Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment.” Or in other words, sounds like times are pretty, pretty rough.

While Bandai Namco haven’t confirmed the specific platforms yet, they insist the game is coming to home-consoles in 2018. So, most likely for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and maybe even PC and Switch? Guess we'll see.

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Caty McCarthy

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Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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