Get to Know the Combat System of Vampyr on PS4

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Get to Know the Combat System of Vampyr on PS4

Hi everyone! I’m Philippe Moreau, Vampyr’s game director. Today, I’ll be running through the combat system we have in our new game, Vampyr.

For the uninitiated, Vampyr is our upcoming action RPG set in the flu-ridden streets of London, 1918. All manner of dangers prowl London during a bout of the lethal Spanish Flu. From Vampire hunters to mutated abominations, Jonathan Reid will face foes as well as friends on his mission to discover the truth behind his new affliction and the origin of the deadly plague.

Armed with an array of conventional melee and ranged weaponry, attack and dodge enemies to fill up Jonathan’s Blood Gauge, required to unleash powerful vampire attacks. From impaling enemies on a spike to draining them of blood at a distance, as Jonathan’s Blood Gauge fills during a combat situation, his Vampire affliction will start to overtake his more human side, unleashing destructive spells and abilities against those who try to stop him.

A nonlinear skill tree will unlock through experience gained and will open up more powerful attacks and abilities. Jonathan is able to equip these abilities in any order, effectively allowing you to create your own archetypes to match your play style. Play aggressively and deal greater damage, or more securely, focusing on crowd-control and keeping enemies at bay.

Skills can be evolved two different ways. For example, Spring, a skill that allows you to rush instantly to a distant enemy, can be developed to either deal area-of-effect damage or grant temporary invincibility. The choice is yours!

Combat difficulty can be affected by player actions out of combat. Feeding on civilians provides a huge XP boost, which will make combat situations easier — but that comes with caveats; an increased danger on the streets, and narrative consequences for the world’s citizens, to name a few. Full brawls are not the only options open to Doctor Reid — he can also stalk his prey, or even utilize his vampire speed and agility to avoid combat entirely.

Players will have to investigate and determine who to feed from, and who to spare, conscious of their need to increase their strength. Jonathan’s Vampire impulses will always be working against his human side.

Take up the plight of Jonathan Reid when Vampyr launches on PS4 next year.

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  • This looks fresh, is the gameplay like dark souls or more arcade style beat em up? Love the change on stuff depending on your decisions, and i missed playing as a vampire since blood omen xD definately interested in this! Keep it up!

  • This looks really good!!

  • Interesting game can’t wait to see more.

  • OnTheBus666

    So pumped for this game! I really hope that you get to control bats and wolves like Dracula can and that the whole story just snowballs into a tragedy with no redemption. Sometimes it’s ok to just be evil

  • This sounds really interesting. The images/video I saw of it when it was first announced looked really sluggish and awkward. I hope that’s not indicative of the final product.

  • Sounds interesting

  • Philippe, just wondering how long do you expect the game to be? Are we talking 40+ hours?

  • I like the story setting. Will this be at Playstation Experience 2016. Is this going to be VR?

  • I love vampire games so much. Infamous: Festival of Blood is the last one I can think of that I really enjoyed. Can’t wait!

  • Suicideking78

    Reminds me of Vampire Masquerade game for PC

  • SpeedyCerviche23

    Sounds suspiciously like Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. Hope it is. That game needs to be remade.

  • Seraphim1277

    When does this game come out? from reading your blog it kind of reminds me of Legacy of Kain Defiance. i was always hoping that Playstation would throw us a bone and remake the Legacy of Kain Saga And Soul Reaver Saga Games. The stories were interesting and the graphics were okay but i always imagined what would PS4 do with these old games. Especially now with up to date Graphics and resolutions, it should be spectacular. ive always enjoyed Blood Omen 2. That would be a cool game to remake.
    Anyway please let me know when this game will come out and whether it will be on a Disk or if its a PSN Game.

    • Seraphim1277

      i hope he can turn into Mist. that would be so cool and control the creatures of the night.

  • JVoorhees580

    So far i am loving the concept of this game.

  • death_nation100

    Sounds like a modern day version from the 1st Legacy of Kain , this sounds fun.

  • Nice concept you guys got there…I saw the gameplay released during E3 and it looked good,just needed a bit more work on animations and etc…looking forward to see a new gameplay.

  • Inresurrection

    Sounds really promising. Love the look of this – can’t wait to see more.

  • Senjutsu_Dav

    No video? :S

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