After teasing it in a brief trailer last week, Bandai Namco has revealed the first details of its newest IP, Code Vein.
The unveiling comes courtesy of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (via Hachima), and reveals the game as a dungeon-crawler action RPG being developed by the team behind the Gods Eater titles. With the game featuring a fantasy setting, players will assume the role of vampiric beings known as Revenants as the seek to uncover the secrets of the world in a manner similar to that of the Soulsborne series.
As in From Software’s dark fantasy series, players will have a variety of medieval weaponry at their disposal, including swords, spears, and hammers, with enemy NPCs consisting of the Lost, former Revenants whose inability to feed has turned them into mindless monsters. A key feature of the title will be the constant presence of an AI-controlled partner who will help the player during combat, with the developers stating that this inclusion will heighten the sense of achievement when challenges are overcome.
Further details on Code Vein are scarce at the moment, although the game is being directed by Hiroshi Yoshimura (Gods Eater Burst) and is still at a fairly early stage of development. Despite sharing staff with the Gods Eater series, the game is not currently planned to have any narrative links to that franchise.
Code Vein does not currently have any targeted platforms, though it is being developed with consoles in mind and is aiming for a worldwide release in 2018. The developers are aiming to have a new trailer and more information available in early May. Further details, however, may emerge sooner as Bandai Namco previously teased that the game would be revealed on April 20.