Last week Bandai Namco released an exceptionally stylish short video teasing an upcoming title with the tagline “prepare to dine”. Anyone could figure out from the short that the game would have something to do with vampires, but I totally called it first.
Anyway yes, the video was indeed teasing a new vampire-themed thing. And thanks to the official press blurb, we now know the game is called Code Vein (get it? Because blood? Cool), and that it’ll be a bloody, post-apocalyptic, amnesia simulator. There’s also some fighting and stuff. More info and a ton of screenshots below.
“In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world, as we know it,” reveals Bandai Namco in a press release.
“Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the centre of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.”
The game revolves around one of these Revenants and will see players journeying through the world alongside a companion in order to “uncover lost memories and an exit out of this new demented reality.”
The blurb explains that Revenants gain access to special powers called “gifts” by “draining the blood of their enemies” using devices called blood veils. These gifts include the ability to “increase their strength, weaken enemies, and utilise new weapon abilities with overpowered attacks.”
The world of Code Vein is billed as “dangerous, full of vicious enemies and monstrous bosses,” but with the help of a “vast array of weaponry along with each character’s Gift, players can adapt and strategize to a variety of battle conditions that suit their play styles.”
The game is slated for release sometime in 2018, and for now will only do so on “major home consoles.”