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Vampyr’s bloodsuckers are “very far from Twilight”

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I’m terribly excited for Dontnod’s Vampyr. An RPG that’s set in a post war, gothic London? That sounds like something that’s right up my dark, twisted alley. I’ve always been intrigued by the vampyric mythology presented in fiction (I hope!) like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Anne Rice’s Chronicles.

The very idea of vampires has been twisted though. Modern pop culture has turned the dark, brooding and ultimately evil creatures of the night in to pretty boy band members with glitter superglued to them. Vampyr isn’t like that. Speaking to Polygon, Vampyr’s narrative director Stéphane Beauverger, says the game’s take on vampires is gothic and dark, and “Very far from Twilight.”

“There is a whole genre of pop culture that focuses on the not very frightening figure of the vampire for the teenage audience,” Beauverger says. “That’s not at all what we’re going to do.”

“A vampire is a doom creature,” Beauverger says. “It’s a human who has been condemned to live eternally, but he has to take lives, to kill, to survive. It’s very interesting for us because it’s one of the very rare creatures who is conscious of what he’s doing. Zombies, mummies, ghouls, werewolves are, most of the time, just stupid killing machines. A vampire is seducing his prey. He is totally aware of what he’s doing, but he’s compelled to do so.

“As a vampire you just go deeper and deeper and deeper into hell … there is no escape. You are doomed from the very beginning. You can just decide the speed of your slow descent.”

The game is an RPG, with supernatural skill trees that tap in to vampire mythology, including persuasion and mesmerisation on top of things like stealth and speed.

As a Vampire, if you choose to feed, it’ll mean the death of your meal – and those deaths, Dontnod promises, will impact the world in meaningful ways. It’s a game about death and murder – but ultimately, about responsibility and choice.

Vampyr is coming next year.

Last Updated: April 26, 2016

24 Comments

  1. PoisonedBelial

    April 26, 2016 at 13:34

    *wets pants*

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  2. Original Heretic

    April 26, 2016 at 13:35

    The vampires in Hotel Transylvania are a very long way from Twilight.

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    • Pariah

      April 26, 2016 at 13:37

      XD

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 14:09

      LOOOL

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  3. Pariah

    April 26, 2016 at 13:37

    Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines was the last good vampire RPG. If this can be as good or better, hell to the yes!

    Also, Malkavian all the way.

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    • Original Heretic

      April 26, 2016 at 13:41

      Loved those Vampire games. A great PC adaptation.

      The tabletop White Wolf games were always awesome as well. Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, Wraith: they all rocked.

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  4. Johann

    April 26, 2016 at 13:46

    Really looking forward to this, haven’t had a proper vampire game since Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines… The only other vampire game that I enjoyed was the Legacy of Kain games

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  5. Aries

    April 26, 2016 at 14:11

    I bet theres going to be a mod or something to bring the shiny ones in the game

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 14:12

      …I bet some unfortunate accident will befall those who try

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      • Kromas untamed

        April 26, 2016 at 14:17

        Like they win tickets to the next Kim Kardashian “performance?”

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 26, 2016 at 14:17

          You’d have to gift me a 4k powerhouse to even consider that

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  6. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 26, 2016 at 14:12

    Good

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  7. Kromas untamed

    April 26, 2016 at 14:15

    “Worst game 2016” – Some reviewer

    “Still better than Twilight” – Me 😛

    Reply

  8. Nikola

    April 26, 2016 at 14:29

    Hopefully comes to consoles!

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 14:35

      Only in Albania

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      • Nikola

        April 26, 2016 at 14:50

        Well then I will never play this game because hell will freeze over before I step foot in that shit hole of a country!

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 26, 2016 at 14:53

          How must your home town feel about such insolence?

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          April 26, 2016 at 15:22

          You can’t spell Albania without anal.

          Although technically without the letters in that precise order.

          Reply

  9. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 26, 2016 at 14:46

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