Bandai Namco just recently announced Code Vein, an anime vampire action game from the God Eater team. They already had me at “anime vampire”, but if that wasn’t enough then Bandai Namco have just released the first Code Vein trailer.
It does what you’d want from a first trailer, introducing the world and story of Code Vein, showcasing some environments, and also some gameplay. It’s a promising first-look.
In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.
As well as a ruined city, the trailer also shows two Revenants travelling through a cave area, and an icy area. It seems that they’ll need to fight for the survival of Vein, the last people in this world to retain their humanity, though not their memory.
It looks like it will play as an action hack and slash. Combat looks a little heavy, and the trailer showcases some fights against some large enemies. That, and the affiliation with Bandai Namco, have led to some comparisons with Dark Souls, but it does look a lot stiffer, and it doesn’t look like strikes have that much impact — at least this far in development. It won’t be dropping until 2018, so there’s still plenty of time.
While the trailer does a pleasant job of making Code Vein feel a lot more concrete in terms of what this game actually is, there’s still a lot on the table unanswered. That’s a good thing, as, being a fair way off of release, it’s a good idea to keep some mystery. Quite what these two Revenant are hoping to achieve, and how they’re going to go about it, is still unclear.
Mechanically the game looks interesting. Playing as something like a vampire is always a plus, and a solid proposition. But, what’s shown off here isn’t all that impressive, so the next thing we’d love to see is a deeper dive into how the game will actually play. You’ll be slashing some big enemies, but how exactly will that play?
Code Vein will release worldwide in 2018, on “TBA” platforms.