Dontnod Entertainment and Focus Home Interactive released a new pre-alpha gameplay demo for their upcoming Victorian Gothic game, Vampyr. The video arrived during this year’s GamesCom in Cologne, Germany.
The video is 14 minutes long focusing on some dialogue sequences between two of the main characters. The character Jonathan seems to be suffering from some moral dilemmas and ventures through around in the dark environments gathering items, talking to people and exploring the gorgeously dark environments. The quality of the game’s presentation is absolutely spot on. You can check it out below, courtesy of Pressakey.
It’s pretty cool seeing how Jonathan bursts through rickety walls, scouring various locations for clues, for answers, for comfort. One of the really interesting parts in Vampyr are the groups of vampire hunters. They search about for creatures of the night,
The combat is typical hack-and-slash. It seems reminiscent of Bloodborne, slow and plodding with a focus on weight.
The game’s mood is really set with the dirty baroque score and brownish-orange lighting. The stripped down instrumental score and the grungy streets of London really pop to life in Vampyr… in a dark way.
In addition to the exploration and combat, we also get to see how players can persuade NPCs using a cool and eerie ability to goad them into their bidding. In one case Jonathan seduces a ruffian into a corner so he can drink his blood.
This game oozes style. The combat isn’t the most amazing thing ever, but it looks serviceable. The atmosphere, character designs and environmental work is beyond impeccable. My only major gripe is that the facial animations and lip-synching definitely leaves something to be desired, an unfortunate trait that Dontnod has carried over from Life Is Strange.