First Screenshots for Dontnod’s Vampyr Revealed

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Focus Home Interactive and Dontnod Entertainment have revealed the first batch of screenshots for Vampyr, their upcoming vampire-thriller set for modern platforms.

The first screenshots depict 20th century London, the setting for the game. The game takes place in the year 1918, during the height of the deadly Spanish flu, which killed 50 to 100 million (3-5% of the world’s population at the time).

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Here’s a press release for the game, via Focus Home Interactive:


Vampyr is set in early 20th century Britain as the country is gripped by the lethal Spanish flu and the streets of London are crippled by disease, violence and fear. In a disorganized and ghostly city, those foolish, desperate, or unlucky enough to walk the streets lay prey to Britain’s most elusive predators: the vampires. Emerging from the chaos, a tormented figure awakens. You are Jonathan E. Reid, a high-ranking military surgeon transformed into a vampire upon his return home from the frontline.

Explore the darkly atmospheric streets of early 20th century London, and interact with a multitude of characters with their own identities and importance. Accept and fulfill the missions they give you, but don’t forget: sooner or later, you will have to feed, and make a difficult choice… who will be your prey? Absolutely all characters in the game are potential victims of your vampiric lust. Carefully study the habits of your next victim, his or her relationships with other characters, and set up your strategy to feed, unnoticed: seduce them, change their daily habits, or make sure they end up alone in a dark street…

Be careful who you choose to hunt, as they will be gone forever, and their death will impact in a meaningful way the world that surrounds you. Feeding on human blood will not just keep you “alive”; it will also unlock new vampiric powers to use.

There will be times when exploration and seduction will only get you so far, and you’ll need to resort to engaging in Vampyr’s dynamic real-time combat. It blends hard-hitting melee combat with ranged shooting mechanics and the supernatural vampire powers. You’ll face many types of enemies: different species of vampires and creatures, as well as vampire hunters who want to hunt you down with their weapons, tools and traps. In Vampyr, your health and the “energy” that drives your supernatural powers are one and same! Using powers will drain your own blood, giving you an edge in battle but also leaving you weaker. You will have to find a way to feed during combat to replenish your strength.

Vampyr also offers a deep crafting system. Find and loot materials and components from the fresh corpses of your victims or during exploration, in order to craft and improve tools, melee and ranged weapons, as well as special ammunitions and coating to exploit the weaknesses of your enemies.

As you cling to what remains of your humanity, your decisions will ultimately shape the fate of your hero while searching for answers in the coughing, foggy aftermath of the Spanish Flu.



Vampyr is launching across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2017.

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  1. Jack
    February 29, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Any time a game says ‘That one guy you killed is totally gonna change the game, dude’ and then you get in game and it’s like ‘lol no m8 these are just stupid npcs’
    i’ll give this the benefit of the doubt, though

  2. Immahnoob
    February 29, 2016 at 8:26 am

    These descriptions are always the same. I want to see videos of the gameplay, characters and story. Until then, this is every description for every video game.

    Although, the screenshots look nice… I don’t know if we’ll have that.

  3. dogmentation
    February 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Seems like I’m one of the very few people who was thoroughly disappointed in Life is Strange’s cop out, Mass Effect 3-style pushbutton ending, so forgive me if I don’t believe a word of this “meaningful decision” horseshit.

  4. Mr0303
    February 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I’ll need to see some actual gameplay. Remember Me was rather dull and repetative.

  5. Meittimies
    February 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Would be interesting if they would tie vampirism to the epidemic somehow. Back in medieval days, it was common to blame vampires for the plague.

  6. Softclocks
    February 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    This game looks amazing.

  7. Nagato
    February 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I’m open to trying this when I get the chance, assuming it’ll be fun enough.

    Not much competition given what it’s going for, though: can hardly be a worse game than The Odor 1886.

  8. Mathias Kristiansen
    Mathias Kristiansen
    February 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Ehm, I find it hard to believe that this game won’t contain an infinite number of faceless worthless bloodbag npcs, who you can suck with little to no consequence. Unless the game is very linear I suppose.

  9. Madbrainbox
    February 29, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I’ll keep my eye on this one.It has no competition at the moment.

  10. scemar
    February 29, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    This is one of those games I have my eye on because it seems interesting in paper but we’ll see how it actually plays once it’s out.