DONTNOD's Vampyr Will Release On 5th June

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Vampyr has been releasing a series of behind the scenes videos on the run-up to its launch, each exploring a different element of the game. Unlike big blockbuster movies, where we sometimes know two years in advance when it's coming out, big title video games can suddenly show up out of nowhere or get pushed back to an indeterminate date. As Narrative Director Stephane Beauverger explains, the player is often occupied with Vampyr's intricate gameplay systems. The game's pillars revolve around exploration, investigations, citizen encounters, combat, and hard choices which all combine to give players an Action RPG with dynamic consequences.

Game Director Philippe Moreau elaborates, saying that the relationship between a player and their character, as well as the direct feeling of control, is unique to games and something he has worked to make special in Vampyr. The goal is to create a total immersion, which is why they also used motion capture to create realistic facial animations.

In Vampyr, players take the role of Jonathan Reid, a doctor who has just returned from The Great War only to be turned into a vampire. Your Hippocratic oath, or your life? Players having a direct impact on the storyline thanks to how they decide which NPCs to kill off in a Spanish Flu-ridden 1918 London is a captivating experiment in narrative game design and one that is only possible in this medium.

Dontnod Entertainment's Vampyr, their follow-up to the critical darling Life is unusual, garnered a lot of attention when it was announced in 2016 and left fans disappointed when it missed its late-2017 release window.

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