Dontnod Entertainment released the first trailer for their newest action RPG today and it's a banger. Titled Vampyr, the game is a far cry from the studio's previous game, Life is Strange. Gone is the Northwestern Oregon setting, say hello to the vampire filled streets of foggy London in this dark, moody trailer.
Set in early 20th century London, Vampyr puts players in the cape of an unnamed, recently turned Vampire who must navigate their new powers as the Spanish Flu rips through the London populace. Players will progress through a "versatile RPG skill-tree" that changes depending on how the player chooses to use their powers. Naturally this means the game will also have a morality system that determines whether or not your humanity survived your transformation into a Vampire.
The trailer doesn't reveal a whole lot in terms of plot, but it's set to Ida Maria's "Devil" which is a pretty good choice for a song. The trailer also gives a general look at the dreary London setting (so normal London) and introduces viewers to the Vampire social scene. Some Vampires are seen having bloody dinner parties, and others are fighting off gangs of what appears to be vampire hunters. I'd wager that the Vampire featured in the trailer's big fight scene is the player character as seen in some of the screenshots Dontnod also released.
The press release even specifically calls the player character a "tormented and powerful Vampire," and "a man of science, a beast of the night," which I'm not gonna lie, leans in kind of hard to the modern, tortured soul Vampire trope. I think I'd much rather prefer a vampire in the mold of one from the film, What We Do In the Shadows.
Vampyr is a return to the action genre for Dontnod who previously developed the action game Remember Me before crafting the narratively driven Life is Strange. It remains to be seen if Dontnod can merge the best elements of both games to create a compelling action game with an original Vampire story.
Vampyr is set for a November 2017 release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out more screenshots below.