Earlier this week Bandai Namco teased a new project in the works titled Code Vein, with the tagline. “prepare to dine”. Being the publisher for the Dark Souls series this was meant to grab some attention for the project. Bandai Namco has now officially announced Code Vein as a third-person action RPG with an anime art style set for major home consoles in 2018.
The official synopsis from Bandai Namco is below.
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.
Code Vein has players controlling a Revenant, who is tasked with escaping the world of Vein with an AI controlled partner. As a Revenant, players can use “Blood Veils”, which are used to drain enemies of their blood and in turn enhance player abilities such as, changing form to enhance strength, weakening enemies, or upgrading new weapon attacks.
The game seems to be borrowing a lot from the Souls series, promising to have a massive interconnected world, as well as providing challenging combat, massive bosses and even the ability to,”lose your humanity” which is a prevalent mechanic in Dark Souls. As well as the main focus point being on blood which was the central theme of Bloodborne.
Previous reports have pointed to the game being developed by the same team behind the God Eater series, but so far Code Vein has only been announced as a Bandai Namco Studios project. Hopefully we will get to see Code Vein in action at the upcoming E3 this June 13-15th.
Check out the screenshots released alongside the announcement for Code Vein below.