The new E3 teaser trailer for Vampyr just solidifies that fact that we are a long way from the manicured grounds of Arcadia Bay. Developer Dontnod that brought us the five-part episodic game Life if Strange is returning to the scene now with a new game that has us more than intrigued. Vampyr is an upcoming action- RPG with a dark twist. Set in early 20th century London, you play as a newly-turned vampire named Dr. Jonathan Reid, who attempts to find a cure for ill citizens throughout the unforgiving London streets. The game then lets the players’ own moral compass guide them; as Dr. Reid is a vampire, he struggles with the difficult choice of feeding on the very people he promised to help save. Oh, the drama.
The three and a half minute trailer released today pans through grimy streets and alleyways, through mansions and underground tunnels, all the while showing that vampires have taken free-reign of the city. It was only a cinematic trailer and showed nothing in terms of gameplay, but it was still able to set the tone of the game well and gives us a solid idea of what to expect when more gameplay footage is revealed.
Why We’re Excited (And Why You Should Be, Too):
Life is Strange won the BAFTA Award for “Best Story” in 2016, and a significant reason for that was because of how well Dontnod handled the concept of the “Butterfly Effect” and the various narrative branches found throughout the five episodes. While Vampyr isn’t an episodic game, player choice will play an equally important role in the game as it did in Life is Strange. The decisions you make as Dr. Reid have the potential to completely bring London to its knees in the midst of the Spanish Flu, or they can they can revive it. If Dontnod takes the same careful approach to the narrative like we saw with Life is Strange, then Vampyr could be a unique and memorable experience, especially given the dark and atmospheric backdrop of the early twentieth century.
Vampyr will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC November 2017. You can watch the full E3 trailer below.