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It’s “hard as hell” to avoid killing in Vampyr

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Video games featuring vampires have usually been great stuff. There’s the Castlevania series which convinced me that man is nothing more than a miserable pile of secrets, my guilty pleasure of the Bloodrayne games from back when puberty confused me and more importantly the Masquerade series of blood-sucking games that combined action and RPG mechanics that were years ahead of their time.

Vampire: The Masquerade and its Bloodlines sequel are two of my all-time favourites. I spent many an hour honing my Malkavian warrior into a demented force of undead nature. It was fantastic stuff, but dead after two games as the series went into Torpor. Fortunately, DONTNOD’s upcoming Vampyr is rising from the crypt to take over that bloodlust that I’m experiencing.

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Death is a big theme within Vampyr, as players can choose to indulge in a homicidal spree if they choose or stick to the shadows. And that idea of blending in with society will make for a far more challenging game according to DONTNOD. “Murdering citizens is your most efficient way of gaining XP. Vampyr will be hard as hell if you choose to spare everyone – but it’s certainly doable for those with enough grit and determination,” Narrative Director Stéphane Beauverger said to Examiner, explaining how big a challenge it would be to avoid killing.

“Our objective is to put players in a vampire’s shoes, and let them weigh the pros and cons of their situation,” game director Philippe Moreau added.

Immortality is cool for sure, but how about killing a human every night, just to survive? How would you handle that? It’s all about choices and sacrifices, and it’s all part of the experience we’ve created in Vampyr.

Beauverger added that killing isn’t just optional, but a measure of whatever humanity you have left inside of your character:

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We can’t reveal all the specifics of the storyline for now. However, since we are telling the story of a doctor, a scientist freshly made a vampire against his will, you can imagine it will be about life, death, and questions that need answering.

It’s also about the discovery of a new world: that of the immortals, with their mysterious rules, codes and secrets. Much like our precedent games, we’re want to focus on what makes someone human: our joys, our sadness, the way we face adversity, and how we express our own free will.

Which most likely means that my own character is going to be walking around throwing severed human limbs at people. Vampire powers people! Who needs humanity when you can turn into a bat, am I right? Vampyr is currently scheduled for a 2017 release on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Last Updated: April 7, 2016

23 Comments

  1. Header win!!! Man I miss his comedy… “Coffee?” “Yes, I know” continues with conversation…

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    • Original Heretic

      April 7, 2016 at 09:09

      Or in Naked Gun. “What could his motive have been?” “Sex, Frank?” “Uh, no thank you, not right now.”

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 7, 2016 at 09:10

        • Original Heretic

          April 7, 2016 at 09:12

          He was classic, truly was. Insane to think that when they cast him in Airplane, they did it because he played the character completely straight, because they reckoned he had no sense of humour at all. He just didn’t get the jokes!

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          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 7, 2016 at 09:15

            Hehe, man, he was awesome, the true master of slapstick, there are only a few people that are as funny as him, he’s truly missed…

          • Original Heretic

            April 7, 2016 at 09:18

            Whenever he teamed up with Mel Brooks, that was just incredible slapstick. The fools these days just can’t do it the same way.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 7, 2016 at 09:20

            Exactly!! Another great one was Foster Brooks and Dean Martin, the drunk dude walking into the bar, though, their stuff was mostly improv., the only guy I can think of that would be able to fit that style of comedy nowadays is Ryan Reynolds, but he doesn’t do that kind of stuff…

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 7, 2016 at 09:11

        • RinceThis

          April 7, 2016 at 09:29

          hahaha

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 7, 2016 at 09:37

          LOL

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        • fleshtwister

          April 7, 2016 at 11:47

          Hahaha! The man was a legend…

          Frank: Ludwig!
          Thug: Drebin!
          Frank: Yeah, I’m Drebin!
          Thug: I have a message for ya from Vincent Ludwig!
          [fires his gun at Frank]
          Thug: Take that, you lousy cop!
          Frank: I’m sorry! I can’t hear ya! Don’t fire the gun while you’re talking!

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  2. HairyEwok

    April 7, 2016 at 09:09

    So not killing anybody would make you a vegetarian vampire, or rather a sparkly one.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 7, 2016 at 09:37

      aka a pussy

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  3. Original Heretic

    April 7, 2016 at 09:19

    A good game while playing a bloodsucker would be welcome. They should make another Legacy of Cain game! The Soul Reaver games were simply sublime. I remember them fondly.

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  4. RinceThis

    April 7, 2016 at 09:28

    He went through puberty?

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 7, 2016 at 09:31

    First time I played Bloodlines I went Malkavian. Every time I replayed Bloodlines, which is quite a few times, I went Malkavian. CRAY-CRAY BESTEST.

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    • RinceThis

      April 7, 2016 at 09:33

      You are the worstest!

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 7, 2016 at 09:46

        Your FACE is the worstest!

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  6. Captain JJ the Isolatid

    April 7, 2016 at 10:31

    I remember in Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption how much focus was put on not killing the people you feed on. Was a pretty cool touch for that time. That game was impressively detailed and complex for it’s time.

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  7. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 7, 2016 at 10:51

    So, humanity gets LESS XP, makes sense.

    😛

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  8. fleshtwister

    April 7, 2016 at 11:41

    Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines was awesome!
    Oh how I miss Troika games… :'(

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  9. Victor Moolman

    April 8, 2016 at 07:30

    Bloodrayne wasn’t about the sexy girl it was about the story of a damphyr who needs….oooo look jiggly stuff in HD

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