Bandai Namco has revealed a new trailer for Code Vein, a new IP for the publisher and developer. Code Vein is set in the apocalypse, where the world is also filling with “the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.”
These Lost are a result of the only sane people left on Earth, called the Revenants, and a group within called Vein. These blood-sucking folk exchange their memories for fancy powers and bloodlust. A sane exchange, except that the whole reason they need these powers is because of the few Revenants that think it’s a much better idea to just wallow into the bloodlust instead. These are called the Lost. Seems a little cyclical but hopefully the full game will explain the origins of such a conflict.
Code Vein looks like a hardcore anime and some kind of playable version of Vampire Knight. That said, it also has the winning attribute of its combat looking a lot more like Dark Souls than most anime-style games. Each enemy appears too big to handle, a familiar feeling in any From Software game (though Code Vein is developed by Bandai Namco Studios), and the atmosphere is suitably filled with demon-like creatures. There could be more to Code Vein than just anime vampires.
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The trailer more fully explains the whole vampirism mechanic as well. Apparently it is a lot like in Shadow of War, when Talion thinks it’s a great idea to syphon a health bar from any nearby Orc. In Code Vein, you syphon the blood of your enemies in order to live and acquire something called “gifts of power.” This seems to be something that helps the player defeat the enemies within the game.
In terms of gameplay, these gifts of power and likely special moves or power-ups with cool down periods during combat. Depending on the combat, of course, but thus far it looks like the real-time version instead of turn-based.
Code Vein will be coming out on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2018.