After a protracted drought, there’s been rush of Vampire: the Masquerade videogames in recent times just like the multiplayer battle royale Bloodhunt, the ongoing text adventure series by Alternative of Video games, and the alarmingly fraught growth of Bloodlines 2 all within the shadow of Troika’s cult basic, Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines.
Vampire: the Masquerade – Swansong, in the meantime, is a promising-looking entry within the VtM canon developed by Large Unhealthy Wolf, creators off the episodic narrative homicide thriller, The Council. Swansong is a tackle the World of Darkness extra harking back to Telltale video games like The Strolling Useless or The Wolf Amongst Us than basic RPGs, and Large Unhealthy Wolf just lately launched a first gameplay trailer exhibiting off the venture.
Gamers take management of one in every of three vampires tasked with investigating a menace to the Boston department of underground vampire society, the Camarilla. It seems that every of those vampires’ tales weave out and in of the others’ to type a cohesive narrative, versus say, choosing one from the start and seeing the story during.
Of the playable characters, Galeb is a member of the blue-blooded Ventrue clan, and appears to have extra direct or violent options to encounters than the opposite two. Leysha’s deception-based powers and hallucinations she experiences in her story trailer all however verify she’s a member of the fan-favorite clan Malkavian, a bloodline of mad prophets. Nightclub-owner Emem, in the meantime, appears to be a Toreador, with enhanced powers of persuasion and seduction.
Along with multiple-choice dialogue and timed cutscene reactions a la Telltale video games, Swansong’s first gameplay trailer additionally confirmed off character talent bushes, in addition to mechanics for ingesting human blood and hiding the our bodies, hinting at deeper gameplay potentialities exterior of the cutscenes.
Aesthetically, Swansong has leaned in to glamor and a type of higher-class neo noir, however there could also be extra World of Darkness grit in reserve for the complete sport, and the extra restricted, narrative-driven model looks like it may very well be an ideal match for the setting. Vampire: the Masquerade – Swansong might be launched on the Epic Games Store on Might 19.