Update*: On May 2nd Bandai Namco released the full reveal trailer for Code Vein. Check out the trailer below including a gameplay preview.
Recently we wrote about Bandai Namco’s teaser trailer for an upcoming game that looked like it was about vampires. On April 20th Bandai Namco announced their new game is Code Vein. Code Vein is a third-person, dungeon-exploring action RPG coming to consoles in 2018. It looks like players can ‘Prepare to Dine’ on the blood of their enemies!
In this post-apocalyptic world, you play as a Revenant draining the blood of your enemies for extra abilities or ‘Gifts’. Clinging to your last shreds of humanity, you will battle through an interconnected world and dungeons with your companion or AI ‘Buddy’. The player chooses their ‘Buddy’ from the society of Vein and apart from aiding players in combat, they will also help recover lost memories. Revenants also get a device/mask called a Blood Veil which players use to drain enemy’s blood.
Bandai Namco’s official announcement included the following description of the world of Code Vein.
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 centre 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.”
Who is developing Code Vein?
We suspected God Eater would have something to do with this series and many people also suspected Dark Souls. As it turns out, the God Eater team is working on Code Vein while some of them continue to work on their new God Eater project. Code Vein’s production team includes Producer Keita Iizuka, Director Hiroshi Yoshimura, and Project Leader Yusuke Tomizawa.
Director Hiroshi Yoshimura has been director of the God Eater series since the beginning as has Project Leader and former Producer Yusuke Tomizawa. Producer Keita Iizuka worked on God Eater 2: Rage Burst as an Assistant Producer and illustrated the anime, Gantz.
Code Vein uses Unreal 4 engine and there is no official announcement from Bandai Namco on hardware yet. We’d like to see this come to PC as well but so far only ‘major home consoles’ are confirmed. Reports say Code Vein’s development is 35% underway and we can expect a new trailer sometime in May.