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

[UPDATE]

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.

[ORIGINAL STORY]

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.

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  • acidthorn
  • NuclearKangaroo

    we might be getting too many games similar to dark souls

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Fear the old blood

  • garf02

    >a souls like game
    so it will have terrible hit boxes with monotonous combat???

    also maybe this is one of the rumored 30+ UE4 games in development for Switch

  • Mr0303

    I liked the looks, but I’m not a fan of Souls-like games. This begs the question of whether the new God Eater project is done or will it come after this game.

  • gwadahunter2222

    People has predicted it will be souls like

  • Kelborne

    No such thing as too much jolly cooperation.

  • Pilebunker

    I would rather just have an action game like Ninja Gaiden or Onimusha. I think we have too many games like Demon’s Souls already.

  • alterku

    Hopefully there’s a few new elements to switch up the gameplay a bit. Otherwise only the art so far appeals to me. Could never get into souls, though I respect the shit out of it.

  • Grim Cube

    Hmm can’t say i’m a fan of the art in the video but definetly going to keep an eye on this.

  • Boz
  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Good, maybe this’ll kill that type of gameplay for a while.

  • Gaspar

    True. They should make this game more like Call of Duty instead.

  • Zen

    The only good non-From Souls-like game to come out is Ni-Oh. I’m very pessimistic about this release, especially since Bamco was cashing in on the success of Dark Souls by cheaply reusing their old PR for it.

    I would like to be surprised, but this just screams that Bamco is mad Miyazaki said he won’t work with them anymore and is their way of pettily getting back.

  • Brendyrose

    From have only made 5 Souls like games and only 1 has deviated from the norm and there’s only been 3 AAA games that are souls like that are currently out and only 1 of them is critically acclaimed.

    From my view we’re getting too little.

  • RichardGristle

    Meh, I don’t “get” the Souls games. I’ll be just as happy when the fad of slow, tedious gameplay seen in them and their clones dies out.

    I do kind of enjoy the art in this title, from what I’ve seen anyways.

  • NuclearKangaroo

    theres also a couple of indie games similar to dark souls, such as necropolis and salt and sanctuary

    not to mention the surge is coming out, that one is also similar to dark souls

  • Good Unreal Engine 4 all but confirms that this game will be on PC and will be moddable. I hope that God Eater 3 is made with UE4 too.

  • Brendyrose

    Yeah but most of the indie games can’t ever expand much on the formula because they’re generally almost always 2D. Necropolis got very mixed reviews aswell.

    But yeah The Surge is the next major one. There’s also Deep Down but i’m assuming that’s in development hell and if we don’t hear anything about that at E3 i’m assuming the worst.

    I hope they make a fully open world souls like game eventually. Preferably from From themselves but as long as its done well I wouldn’t care from who.

  • NuclearKangaroo

    yeah well as long as they are good games i wont complain, i was just making an observation that we are getting many games like dark souls

    tough looking at the dates, is possible many of these games started development shortly after the release of Dark Souls 1 or 2 at most, i imagine upon the excellent sales the series got, many devs decided to start working on their own games following a similar style

  • tccboss

    Well I’m sad it wasn’t Alisa.

  • Fenrir007

    Why contain it?

  • NuclearKangaroo

    S’cool

  • “Souls-like Game with Vampires”
    So Bloodborne?

    JK, I’ll be looking toward the reveal.

  • Phasmatis75

    Nah that was Werewolves.

  • Phasmatis75

    Corporations are ran by people who absolutely lack creativity and owned by people who don’t want risks taken. Souls games are a proven success so that’s what they keep putting out until someone else tries something and makes bank on it.

  • NuclearKangaroo

    but Call of Duty is the Dark Souls of shooters

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  • Jack Thompson

    “slow, tedious gameplay”
    Have you played Bloodborne? It’s the fastest, and I’d say, best one so far. Also, just run around naked with nothing but an upgraded reinforced club or uchigatana in the other games. Fastest way to play. Tanking is for scrubs.

  • Dave Landers

    Just to be clear (bc I was confused at first) this is not a Miyazaki or fromsoft title. Imo, the true beauty of dark souls and bloodborne was the story telling, level design, and lore/world building. This game may attempt to do the same, but I think Miyazaki’s creativity is one of a kind. It’s what I’ve found lacking in other souls-like games.