Vampire attack from the Vampyr game

Ever since Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines the world hasn't seen a complex vampire themed RPG, or even many vampires at all, at least the non-sparkly kind anyway. This is where the creatively named Vampyr comes in to play as it offers exactly that, a complex and nuanced world that will let you have a glorious power-trip over the lovely humans on one side, and make you feel like a horrific monster on the other.

Until recently all anyone knew about Vampyr came from the brief descriptions posted alongside the official screenshots, but during the recent E3 IGN managed to sit down with a couple of developers from Dontnod and go over the gameplay in detail. You can find the video right below, but do be warned, its fairly dark given that our protagonist tends to spontaneously combust during daylight:

 

While this might sound a bit silly, the most exciting part of the entire video for me was when one of the developers stated that Vampyr won't feature a massive open world, but rather a small and focused one. After years of Ubisoft and their sandboxes filled with feathers, chests, and disappointment, I'm really itching for a world where my actions might actually have some sort of an impact. Perhaps killing a few guards by accident will make the whole area more unstable for the next couple of days, or perhaps an entire regiment of vampire hunters will start roaming the streets and making your further trips to the "food court" a lot more troublesome. They don't even need to be massive changes, just large enough to let you know you've made a difference.

Naturally, we won't really know how influential our character's actions are on the world until we finally get the game in our hands, but until then I have to say that its at least an intriguing idea, and one that I am fully behind. If Dark Souls thought me anything, its that small and detailed areas are much more exciting to explore than a sprawling jungle filled with absolultely nothing.

There is no exact release date set for Vampyr just yet, but it will be coming at some point in 2017 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Vampyr gameplay screenshot of a hospital

 

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