Vampyr News – Vampyr Launch Trailer has us Licking our Lips

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One of the biggest releases of the summer is squeezing out just before E3. Vampyr launches next week, and publisher Focus Home Interactive has revealed the launch trailer for Dontnod’s narrative-driven action-RPG.

With a game so heavily focused on narrative, it’s difficult for Dontnod to show us anything beyond what we actually already know. The key twist from the Life is Strange developer is that everyone in Vampyr is expensive, and we mean everyone. Each and every inhabitant of Vampyr’s four boroughs of London can be conversed with, has a backstory, a reason for existing in the world, and links to the other characters around them.

Protagonist Dr. Jonathan Reid is renowned surgeon and blood transfusion expert. He’s attempting to get the poorer districts of London back on their feet after the populace is ravaged by a deadly plague, the existence of vampires, and a lethal killer stalking the streets at night. Only, as a vampire, Dr. Reid must subsist on blood in order to survive.

No matter how important the characters around him are to the story beats, they can be killed in order to boost his vampiric powers. It’s therefore totally down to the player which of the citizens they kill, each murder spiraling the story off into different directions. If there’s a developer you’d trust with spiraling decisions like this, it’s Dontnod.

“Each of the four main districts have health status linked with the number of living, dead and sick citizens,” they explain. “By feeding sparingly and keeping the populace healthy with crafted medicines, balance can be maintained. However, if the health status drops too low, the district will be lost to supernatural creatures along with every quest, shop and citizen that once lived there. If every district of London falls, the game can still be played to completion, though with an outcome that suits such recklessness.”

You can begin tucking into Vampyr from Tuesday, June 5th, on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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