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Vampyr is a New RPG from Dontnod Entertainment Starring a Vampire!

by Ron Duwell | January 21, 2015January 21, 2015 6:30 pm PST


Do you remember Dontnod Entertainment? You could be forgiven for missing its previous game published by Capcom since it did quite horribly on the sales and critical charts, but with an ironic title like Remember Me, it’s a little hard to stifle the chuckle.

That’s fine for the company. Dontnod is back in the driver’s seat of another game with a very interesting concept, a vampire RPG entitled Vampyr. Keeping the title a bit safe this time, I suppose.

At a reveal event attended by TheSixthAxis, the game was described as a historical RPG taking place shortly after World War I, during the peak of the Spanish Flu epidemic. A doctor finds himself bitten by a victim of the flu strain, and from there, he becomes a blood-sucking, villainous, vampire. It’s a bit of a stretch, but just run with it.

Dontnod’s story is of course morally ambiguous to the player, who must either seek out a cure to bring his curse to an end or use it, live with it, own it, and bask in the agony of becoming an enemy of the night.

A vampire RPG sounds like a great idea, one that I wish Dontnod the best of luck on. However, it’s worth mentioning that the cross-breeding of genres has been tried at least once before. Those who remember the ill-fated and widely loved Troika Games will point to Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines with great fondness and memories. However, they will also remember that this was the game which eventually did in the short-lived RPG studio.

Be careful when making an RPG about the bloodsucking undead. It seems like a curse just waiting to happen! More from Dontnod as it makes it available.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...