Bandai Namco unveil first official details of their new game, Code Vein
Anime Dark Souls.
First the tease, then the “leak“, and now the official news has finally arrived from Bandai Namco Entertainment regarding their new IP called Code Vein. The new and supposedly hardcore title will be a dungeon exploration RPG produced under the supervision of the people behind the Gods Eater series and will introduce a “Buddy System” meaning that players will have an AI buddy companion that will help them survive the brutal world of Code Vein.
The game’s official description reads:
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. Wandering aimlessly in search of blood, the Lost will stop at nothing to satisfy their hunger. Team up and embark on a journey to the ends of hell to unlock your past and escape your living nightmare in CODE VEIN.
As Bandai Namco also published the highly acclaimed hardcore action title Dark Souls, the noticeable similarities in world and monster design is to be expected, however, it is noted that while the Souls series takes the medieval approach in world and character design, Code Vein will be set in a futuristic, apocalyptic timeline with destroyed buildings and cavernous cracks creating canyons where highways used to be.
The design theme employed on the characters feels anime-esque, presumably because the head honchos once handled the reigns for Gods Eater games, so in a way, together with the new AI Buddy system, Code Vein feels like a cross between Dark Souls and NieR: Automata, with a splash of Gods Eater.
The game is still under development, and according to a developer’s interview with Famitsu, currently at 35% completion, and will be heading to consoles this 2018.