It's about time we got a deeper look at Vampyr. This is a period piece action RPG taking place in London during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. In this video series, Dontnod Entertainment looks at the making of a monster. They examine the psychological and self-aware differences between making your main character a vampire as opposed to, say, a werewolf or a ghoul. In Vampyr, you're a newly minted vampire, sure—but you're a scientist first, coming to terms with your new supernatural, predatory self.
There's also talk of the different vampire factions. There are normies, and brutes, and super deformed vampires hyper-affected by the Spanish Flu interacting with their vampirism.
I also love how Dontnod's workspaces have the deepest mood-setting lighting setup I've ever seen in a game studio.
I know everybody's hype for a Life is Strange sequel, myself included. But Vampyr, which is focused on a classic monster that I've never really expressed much interest in, is starting to ping my radar. Besides, fighting your base nature, a la Interview with a Vampire, can always present difficult choices.
Vampyr is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime in the first half of 2018.
'DONTNOD Presents Vampyr' webseries launches today
‘Episode I: Making Monsters’ – get insight into the studio’s signature approach and creative process
DONTNOD Entertainment, developers of Vampyr, invites fans to their studio for a first look into the creative process behind their upcoming action-RPG. In the premier episode of this original, weekly four-part web series, created and produced by the video department of Focus Home Interactive, DONTNOD unveils exclusive gameplay footage while delving into their signature approach and reasoning behind putting players in the role of a predator. The three following webseries’ episodes will release weekly every Thursday.
In Episode I: Making Monsters, DONTNOD gives more information about Jonathan Reid, the doctor-turned-vampire that players will step into the shoes of in Vampyr. Freshly turned, Reid’s ‘condition’ unveils a dark new reality, thrusting him into a once-hidden society of wretched creatures like himself. Ancient Ekons plot from the shadows, terrifying Vulkods prowl the streets at night, and cursed Skals hide in the darkest places of the city.
Vampyr is set in 1918 London, with the city weakened by the recent World War I and ravaged by the Spanish Flu. This setting makes up an important part of Vampyr’s identity. DONTNOD will make players feel the duality that torments Dr. Jonathan Reid, giving them the freedom to choose whom to sacrifice and whom to save. Every killing has consequences, and it’s up to players to balance their need to feed and grow stronger, with the rapidly deteriorating city of London.
DONTNOD Presents Vampyr – Episode 1 is available to watch today, with three additional 5-minute episodes released weekly every Thursday. For more information, visit the recently-relaunched Vampyr website.
Vampyr releases Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.