Vampyr & Call of Cthulhu Due for Release in Q4 2017
Vampyr is being developed by French team Dontnod Entertainment, previously known for Remember Me and Life is Strange. It’s an Action RPG set in London’s early 20th century, right in the middle of the Spanish flu outbreak.
As suggested by the game’s title, players will take the role of a doctor that’s recently been turned into a vampire. This is by far Vampyr’s most interesting trait, with Dontnod trying to showcase the dual nature of protagonist Jonathan Reid: on one hand, the doctor with an impulse to help and heal; on the other hand, a vicious killer that needs blood to sustain himself.
Players will be able to choose whether to kill NPCs without regret for human life or to spare them, albeit at the cost of a vastly underdeveloped character in terms of abilities (since experience is largely gained from kills). The actions will heavily shape the environments and the story. For more about it, including the estimated longevity, check our previous preview from Gamescom 2016.
Call of Cthulhu is being developed by another French team, Cyanide, which you might know for Blood Bowl, Styx and the freshly announced Werewolf: The Apocalypse. We recently got a first look at this RPG/Investigation game in action when Focus Home released the ‘Depths of Madness’ trailer.
Protagonist Edward Pierce is a private detective who has been sent on a mission to Darkwater Island, Boston. He will have to discover the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist and her family. As customary for a game called Call of Cthulhu, the developers already prefaced that gamers will eventually doubt everything they see as they get closer to the truth and will have to mind their own sanity.
Both Vampyr and Call of Cthulhu will be available in Q4 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We’ll have more on both of them shortly from the recent What’s Next event organized by Focus Home Interactive, so stay tuned.