At Oodon, we’ve talked about the acclaimed, BAFTA-award winning time travel drama video game Life is Strange. Now the makers behind that game are bringing forth a darker tale called Vampyr. In this semi-open world RPG, you are Dr. Jonathan Reid, a doctor turned vampire who lives in London in 1918, during the Spanish Flu epidemic. And now we have a new trailer via E3.
According to the official game site:
“As a doctor, you must find a cure to save the city’s flu-ravaged citizens. As a vampire, you are cursed to feed on those you vowed to heal. Will you embrace the monster within? Survive and fight against Vampire hunters, undead Skal, and other monstrosities.
“Use your unholy powers to manipulate and delve into the lives of those around you to decide who will be your next victim. Struggle to live with your decisions… your actions will save or doom London.”
The game Life is Strange embraced the butterfly effect, changing later scenes and parts of the ending based on your choices and how you spoke to others. Speaking openly to a characters vs. snarking passive aggressively can alter whether or not a character meets their death. Likewise, Vampyr is affected by your interactions and morality. For instance, you may find yourself able to feed on one man who is healthy and whose blood will improve your strength, or another man who is sick and will not enhance your power very much. You can investigate further and discover that the healthy man is a father looking after a son, whereas the sick man doesn’t seem to do much for society. You can kill the one who benefits you most, kill the one who won’t be missed, or kill them both and take all the power. Whatever action you take, it will affect the game that follows.
There are four distinct endings possible for any player. One ending is uniquely available for gamers who choose to go through the entire game without killing anyone and feeding the bloodlust. This would mean you get no level ups, no increased power to deal with later challenges, and generally make things as difficult for you as possible. But the creators decided, that this is all the more reason to reward you with a unique ending. Neat!
Check out this gampeplay video for a taste of the action. Vampyr is scheduled for release in November 2017.