As promised and on schedule, here is the first trailer for Bandai Namco’s new vampire RPG, Code Vein. The game is being hyped as a major home-console release, and it will his shelves on 2018.

The new trailer highlights the mysterious and captivating universe found in Code Vein along with a quick look at the game’s thrilling weapon-based combat. The trailer also teases the game’s companion gameplay mechanic. As players venture out into the world, they will be able to choose a partner companion from the various residents of Vein. Added strategy presents itself when players choose companions that complement their play style to give them a fighting chance against the vicious enemies they’ll be up against through their journey.

In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center 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.

A bit too “anime” to replace Dark Souls

Well, it’s obvious what the point of this game is. The dark settings, the creepy monsters, the boss fights and pattern memorization. Bandai Namco is clearly fishing for a replacement for Dark Souls, and this what it has come up with.

I like what I see, but there is something a little too “anime” about its design. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it doesn’t suit the unique edge of Dark Souls’ horrific fantasy world. This is going to be something new with its own voice, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to look beyond the shadow that hangs over it.

Code Vein will be coming to “major home consoles” worldwide in 2018.