‘DONTNOD Presents Vampyr’ – Episode III of the Webseries Asks Players What It Means to Take a Life
Join DONTNOD Entertainment in their studio once again, for another look into the Parisian studio’s signature creative process behind their upcoming action-RPG, Vampyr. Dontnod Presents Vampyr – Episode III: Human After All introduces more exclusive gameplay footage, while focusing on the citizens of London and how each individual has been hand-crafted to feel as human as possible. This is the penultimate episode of this four-part webseries, produced and realized by the video department of Focus Home Interactive, with the final episode releasing next Thursday.
In Episode III: Human After All, DONTNOD reveals how integral each district’s citizens are, both in terms of gameplay and narrative. Players will need to gain XP for Jonathan Reid to evolve new powers and grow stronger, but the most lucrative way to earn this is not through quests or defeating enemies in battle. Instead, the most effective way to get stronger is by killing and feeding on the various citizens living within the game’s four districts. Players are able to increase the XP earned from each citizen by curing their illnesses and gaining more insight into their lives and emotions – but the price can be a heavy burden to bear.
As explained by Stéphane Beauverger, Vampyr’s narrative director, players will hear the dying thoughts of every citizen they choose to sacrifice. This gives a bittersweet poignancy to every death, as DONTNOD wants players consider to these citizens not as nameless blood bags, but as individual lives lived, complete with loved ones and a rich history. In addition, each dead citizen will erode the status of the district they belonged to; too many deaths will result in the population evacuating the area and causing them to be overrun by Skals – and worse.
DONTNOD Presents Vampyr – Episode III is available to watch today, with the final 5-minute episode to be released next Thursday, February 8th. For more information, visit the recently-relaunched Vampyr website.
Vampyr releases Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.