Vampyr is the next game from the makers of Life is Strange. It is an action rpg where you step into the shoes of a British doctor during the Spanish flu epidemic in England, but you’re not just any doctor. You’re a vampire who has to balance his doctor’s oath with his desire to kill and his need to feed. The trailer, supposedly that they were going to use for E3, was released earlier, and is embedded below.
In Vampyr you take control of Dr. Jonathan Reid. As a newly turned vampire he is still trying to find his way, but the bloodlust within him is impossible to ignore. He may be a doctor, but first and foremost he is a monster. So, he may want to help people with the Spanish flu tearing through the country, but this will be impossible if he doesn’t feed on the life of others each and every night.
Feeding on people is actually how players will level up the good doctor in Vampyr. Deciding who to feed on will allow you to unlock supernatural abilities that will help in persuasion, moving, survivability, and combat. In fact, in the trailer Dr. Reid says, “I have few allies, and even fewer options. It’s a war and I have to fight to survive. My life has become a waking nightmare. I did not choose the thing I’ve become, but I can choose the lives I take. Cursed be the choice.” So the option isn’t will you kill, it is who will you kill. Of course, each choice will have far reaching consequences. Kill a rival doctor, and your position in society may improve, but the health of the city will suffer. Whoever you choose, you will have to live with the repercussions, and the toll their death will have on your conscience. Every death, and every life you save as a vampire doctor will have ramifications on the world and the people in it.
The more you kill in Vampyr, the stronger you will get, but it will also be more likely that people will notice that there is a vampire walking the streets of London. Once people figure that out, or think they do, gangs and posses will form. They’ll look for anyone acting suspicious to interrogate or attack, and sooner or later they will find you, and you’ll have to decide how to handle them. Hopefully you’ll have fed enough that you’re strong enough to do what you want. Otherwise, you might be forced to fight, or try and run.
Vampyr is expected to come out in 2017 to PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game is already set up to be all about choice, which has been the mainstay for DONTNOD Entertainment and Focus Home Interactive, the developers of the game. So, how do you feel about the idea of playing a doctor vampire that isn’t named Dr. Acula? Let me know in the comments below.
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Written by Spencer Havens, who is more of a team Jacob guy anyway. (In case you’re wondering that’s a joke)