is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. It will be available for Microsoft Windows,... read more
is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. It will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017.
The plot revolves around vampire doctor Jonathan Reid who is coming to terms with his undead condition. He must deal with being torn between the Hippocratic Oath and his newfound bloodthirsty nature. The player is under no obligation to kill to finish the game. Dialogue options can be used for hunting prey to feed on, which replenishes strength and levels up the lead character.
Vampyr is based on the 1918 London Spanish flu pandemic. The setting was researched by travelling to London and the visuals were made with fictional and factual reference points in mind.
Vampyr is an action role-playing game played from a third-person view. The player controls the game's protagonist Jonathan E. Reid, a vampire doctor whose thirst for blood compels him to kill innocent people. To do this successfully, he must gather information about his targets—study and change their habits, collect clues and maintain certain relationships by communicating with the inhabitants of London, which serves as a semi-open world setting built around hubs of neighbourhoods tethered to other interlinking areas. If one so chooses, anyone in the game could be targeted, which will have consequences that affect the story. Feeding on human blood will unlock new vampiric powers in addition to providing nourishment. The "Mesmerise" ability can determine the behaviour of weaker targets—guiding them to less conspicuous areas—so as to feed without resorting to combat. One can heal injured or sick victims in order to gain more from them in the process. It is possible to finish the game without taking a life, which best maintains the character's cover as a doctor.
The combat allows the player to wield improvised weapons, such as a saw, as well as ranged weapons in the fight against mythical and human enemies. Weapon improvement through crafting is made possible by looting items from the bodies of victims. While using vampiric powers in combat, the player character's health and energy drains. This forces him to feed so he can immediately replenish his strength. He can also utilise his "Spring" ability, letting him scale locations otherwise out of reach and charge more rapidly across gaps, which once upgraded can do damage on impact and grant temporary invincibility.
Vampyr began with a team of 60 people, many of whom worked on Dontnod's previous venture Life Is Strange. It was based on the 1918 London Spanish flu pandemic in order to inspire a gothic mood. Dontnod conducted research on the setting by visiting London and taking photographs, and studied the events surrounding the period, using both factual and fictional reference points to create the visuals, realised with state-of-the-art lighting and post-processes running on theUnreal Engine 4. The paintings of Phil Hale influenced the art style.
The killing of innocents as the price for immortality is intended to explore the dualism of the protagonist's survival as a vampire while also being a doctor, either by adhering to the Hippocratic Oath or capitulating to the vampiric nature.