Bandai Namco has released the first details and screenshots of Code Vein, its new Unreal Engine 4 action RPG led by key God Eater staff Keita Iizuka (producer), Hiroshi Yoshimura (director), and Yusuke Tomizawa (team leader).
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In dungeons, you can choose a buddy to explore with. The buddies that you can take along increase as you progress through the story. Players and buddies will share both fear and chills, and support each other to overcome difficulties. When you finally manage to reach that new area, they are sure to share in the dramatic excitement. Even in desperate situations, by taking on challenges with your reassuring buddy and overcoming difficulties together, new dramas will unfold.
The Story of the Revenants Unfolds in a Ruined Near Future
In the near future, the world suddenly met its ruin. The “thorns of judgment” mercilessly pierced through the earth’s crust, and the structures of mankind that were a symbol of prosperity now stand still like grave posts. There was a closed society called “Vein” where those known as “Revenants” barely managed to survive.
Revenants are those who abandoned being human in order to resist being destroyed. Although they lose the majority of their memories as compensation for their supernatural powers, they are able to barely maintain their humanity by sucking up blood. If their blood supply runs low, they lose their humanity and transform into a monster called a “Lost.”
In a closed world where countless Lost wander about, and a miasma that stimulates blood thirst is spread, together with your Revenant allies, the journey seeking blood and truth begins. Is there an exit from this world? Why where the Revenants born? Their desperate journey will eventually lead to a major secret that lies dormant in Vein.
Revenants Living in a Ruined World
The near future. The “thorns of judgment” mercilessly pierced through the earth’s crust and the world has fallen to ruin. There was a closed society called “Vein” where those known as “Revenants” barely managed to survive.
Revenants live in a closed world. Although they lose the majority of their memories as compensation for their supernatural powers, they are able to barely maintain their humanity by sucking up blood.
If a Revenant’s blood supply runs low, they are unable to maintain their humanity and transform into a monster called a “Lost.” In order to escape from the suffering of their never-ending thirst for blood, they forever wander the world in search of new blood.
■ Blood Veil
Revenants use original equipment called “Blood Veils” in order to suck up the blood of enemies. It usually takes on the form of clothing, and although it has aspects of armor, it has an exclusive mechanism that appears during blood sucking, and furthermore transforms into an ominous mask that covers the user’s mouth. The blood of the enemy obtained through the blood sucking mechanism of a Blood Veil is transported into the user’s mouth through a pipe in the equipment.
—This is a Blood Veil in the form of a long coat. It has a blood sucking mechanism similar to a scorpion’s tail, and can perform a blood sucking attack from long range.
—This is a Blood Veil in the form of a gauntlet. It pierces the enemy with a huge claw-shaped blood sucking mechanism. It has short reach, but can suck up blood fast in close combat and is highly responsive.
A Gift is a Revenant’s special ability that manifests various battle effects using the absorbed blood of enemies. It has various effects, including direct attacks on the enemy, self strengthening, and weakening the enemy. Figuring out how to successfully land blood sucking attacks and when to use Gift in battles against Losts are key to exploring Vein and clearing dungeons.
■ Revenant Weapons
You can choose from various weapons to match your play style, including swords and bayonets, halberds, and more, each offering their own unique actions. By combining these weapons with Blood Veils, you can construct your own battle style with a high degree of freedom.
■ The Huge World Within Vein
The old town area that fell to ruin after the giant “thorns of judgment” pierced through. The buildings pushed up to the sky stand still like a grave post of humanity. Since there is a lot of rubble, there are a lot of blind spots, so it is necessary to move forward while looking out for surprise attacks in the shadows.
A huge cave spread out underground. Light shines through the thorns piercing the earth’s crust to create a sad but beautiful landscape. Many dangers await while exploring in the dark. Proceed carefully while relying on the little light available.
An underground structure where people once busily passed through, now reduced to a den for Losts. The empty eyes of the Losts continue to catch intruders in the depths of darkness. Among these intricately complicated structures, there are fires burning like guideposts. Will these help you on your journey… or are they a trap?
A steep mountainous area enclosed by ice. What kind of sight awaits at its summit? With overhanging snow and narrow paths, the risk of slipping follows you along. Where you fight Losts here is an important decision.
Famitsu’s report has eight additional screenshots not released to general press.
Code Vein is due out worldwide for unannounced platform(s) in 2018.
View the screenshots and more in high resolution at the gallery. Visit the official website here and Twitter account here. If you missed it yesterday, additional information about Code Vein be found here.
Update 4:00 a.m.: Here is the official English press release.
Bandai Namco Entertainment today announces Code Vein for release on major home consoles in 2018. Feast on the blood of enemies through a journey across a massive interconnected world to unlock its mysterious sanguine past in this grueling action-RPG!
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.
In this challenging action-RPG, Code Vein finds players assuming the role of a Revenant. After stumbling into Vein, players are tasked to embark into the world with a companion picked from the various residents of Vein to uncover lost memories and an exit out of this new demented reality. The world of Code Vein is dangerous, full of vicious enemies and monstrous bosses to put players’ combat skills to the test.
Revenants also have access to Blood Veils, devices capable of draining the blood of their enemies in order to enhance their own abilities. Exploiting these enhanced abilities known as Gifts, players can change their form to increase their strength, weaken enemies, and utilize new weapon abilities with overpowered attacks. Utilizing the vast array of weaponry along with each character’s Gift, players can adapt and strategize to a variety of battle conditions that suit their play styles.