God Eater Team Reveals “Code Vein,” a New Dark Souls-like Game with Vampires


Code Vein has been officially confirmed by Bandai Namco America and Europe, setting the new game for a western release in 2018. The first screenshots and details can be viewed in our follow-up report here.


This week’s Famitsu (via Hachima) has revealed Code Vein, a new game from Bandai Namco.

Described as a “dungeon-exploration” game with challenging RPG action, the game is being developed by the God Eater team. Code Vein is set for a 2018 release on unannounced platforms, and development on the game is currently 35% complete, with the game being developed within Unreal Engine 4.

The game’s story takes place in the near, post-apocalyptic future where players take the role of Revenants, vampires that naturally have supernatural abilities. You’ll fight with companions while also trying to discover the reality behind the world. A “Buddy” system will let you bring a partner with you as you explore dungeons.

The Revenants in the game live in a secluded, isolated society known as “Vein,” mostly because Revenants have lost the majority of their memories in their transformation from ordinary humans. Once a Revenant gets low on blood, they revert into a monster known as the “Lost.” Weapons in the game mostly include melee weapons like swords, hammers, spears, and great swords.

The “Tempered Blood” ability lets you trigger various actions like buffing yourself, debuffing enemies, and even unleashing various attacks – depending on how much blood you fill your “Blood Veil” with. The “Blood Veil” is Revenant equipment that lets you acquire the blood of “Lost” Revenants. Appearing typically as ordinary clothes, the “Blood Veil” device will appear when you go to feed on blood, changing the user’s mask as well.

Bandai Namco was teasing the game for an April 20th reveal, so it makes sense the first details come out first via one of the Japanese magazines. A trailer should be revealed soon, alongside the game’s full reveal. It’s worth mentioning Bandai Namco’s western branches also teased the game’s reveal, leading us to believe they’re already planning a worldwide release.

Brandon Orselli


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