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Around mid-April, gamers were mystified and intrigued by a mysterious new teaser trailer dropped by Bandai Namco. The trailer, which featured badass cyberpunk-style vampires carving their way through monsters, depicted in a unique, hand drawn art style, certainly got people talking. Especially when the tagline for the game, 'prepare to dine', started speculation that this would be a new -themed title by Dark Souls developer From Software.

'Code Vein' Brings Post-Apocalyptic Vampire Action To The RPG Genre

Information on the mysterious new game released in the Japanese magazine Famitsu, which we now know is going to be called Code Vein. Sadly, it seems Code Vein won't be the latest title from our friends at From Software, but it looks like it's going to be an awesome title nonetheless.

According to the Gematsu translation of the Japanese article, Code Vein will take place in a post-apocalyptic future, where society has fallen into ruin after the earth's crust was pierced by something called the 'thorns of judgement'. The main setting of the game is a closed society called 'Vein', where the last of humanity lives on as Revenants, vampires with mysterious powers.

'Code Vein' [Credit: Bandai Namco]
'Code Vein' [Credit: Bandai Namco]

The Revenants are blessed and cursed by their condition, though their powers have allowed them to survive in this harsh new world, many of them have lost their memory. They must feed on blood to survive, and going hungry means that you risk losing your humanity and becoming one of The Lost, monstrous creatures mutated from starving vampires.

Always Use The Buddy System In The Vampire Apocalypse

'Code Vein' [Credit: Bandai Namco]
'Code Vein' [Credit: Bandai Namco]

If the previous game by the lead developer, God Eater, is any indication of the gameplay in Code Vein, we'll be looking at a fusion of Devil May Cry-style beat-em-up combo based action mixed with a bit of Monster Hunter.

The biggest draws of the game so far, as revealed in the first look, are the buddy system and blood veils. The buddy system allows you to bring an ally with you into the darkness of the world outside the Vein, someone who can watch your back, help you fight the Lost and set up team-based tactics and moves together with your character. It's not know precisely at the moment as to whether this buddy will be a CPU character or human-controlled in a Dark Souls style co-op system, but it sounds pretty interesting.

'Code Vein' [Credit: Bandai Namco]
'Code Vein' [Credit: Bandai Namco]

Alongside all of this, Blood Veils are special items of clothing that channel the powers of Revenants through blood. As you fight, these items absorb the blood of your enemies, storing it until you can unleash your powers in devastating ways unique to each Blood Veil, sort of like a devil trigger mode that you can swap out and equip.

Currently, the developer claims the game is about one-third complete, and should be ready for release in 2018.

We'll keep you updated with more information on Code Vein as it comes out, but at this point, it definitely seems like something worth keeping an eye on. Let us know in the comments what you think of Code Vein.

(Source: Gematsu)


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