Bandai Namco is a behemoth within the video game industry, releasing dozens of games each year that cover a broad spectrum of genres and IPs. However, there are two things that the Japanese entertainment company specializes in: Anime and Dark Souls.
Therefore, when the announcement came that the team behind the God Eater series was working on a new project, which we now know to be Code Vein, many players sort of knew what to expect. And while the game seems like it’ll live up to its “Dark Souls with waifus” promise, there are a lot of key features that set the action RPG apart from FromSoftware’s games.
So we’re here to cover everything you need to know about the upcoming title, including story and gameplay details. We’ll be updating this story in the future with new information, so make sure to check back.
Code Vein Release Date
Code Vein was announced in April 2017 and originally scheduled to release in September the following year. It would later be delayed and is now scheduled to release sometime during 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The game is currently available for pre-order, along with a Collector’s Edition that includes a figurine, digital artbook and OST. Anyone interested in playing Code Vein prior to release can sign-up for a beta taking place May 30 – June 3.
Code Vein Story
Code Vein is set in a post-apocalyptic world where human civilization has crumbled. You play as a Revenant, vampires granted supernatural abilities at the cost of losing most of the memories from their previous life. In order to survive in this harsh new world, the Revenants have set-up an underground society called “Vein.”
The game is being presented as a “dramatic exploration action RPG” and features a large open-world filled with diverse environments including underground dungeons, ravaged mountainsides, destroyed city-streets, and grandiose castles. This leads us to believe Code Vein will play mostly like a dungeon crawler with connected areas that players will return to frequently.
In a recent interview, the game’s producer, Aude-Alexia Koch, described what it was like to explore one of the game’s key locations called “The Depths”, an expansive underground area brimming with increasingly challenging foes. “It’s difficult down there. You are able to fight numerous enemies, loot items, try to level up a bit. As you progress through the story, you find different maps, and that enables you to unlock new parts of The Depths,” said Koch.
Having lost your memory, your main task throughout the game will be to find out what happened to you prior to joining Vein as well as the cause behind humanity’s destruction. At the same time you’ll have to deal with a constant thirst for blood by consuming blood beads or risk turning into a terrible monster referred to as “Losts”.
When asked about the decision to make vampires a core part of Code Vein’s story, Koch explained, “We chose a vampire character so we could make people realize that even if your character is dead, there is something after that, and that they still have to fight and survive.”
While it seems like the game is more focused on gameplay over story, it’s good to know there’s a driving motive behind your character’s actions and that death is not the end, especially since you’ll probably find yourself dying A LOT. However, you’re not alone in Code Vein as allies will sometimes cross your path and you’re given the option to bring an NPC companion with you into battle.
Code Vein Gameplay
Code Vein’s combat resembles that of Dark Souls’ and is centered on performing deliberate attacks and dodges at the right moment. Additionally, you’ll find yourself fighting most battles close-range since a majority of the game’s weapons are melee-based and include great swords, spears, claws, and hammers. However, there are some long-range options as well.
Similar to Dark Souls, the game will include stealth mechanics that allow you to sneak up and attack enemies for extra damage.
Health is represented by how much blood you currently have stored, with any damage taken resulting in a loss of blood. In order to regain blood, you’ll have to either consume blood beads found in the world or defeat certain enemy types called “Losts”. This is done through your Blood Veil, a piece of Revenant equipment that can suck up the blood of Losts and also acts as a sort of armor.
There are special abilities, known as “gifts” that can provide your character with unique perks or buffs in battle. For example, an ability called “Tempered Blood” can be performed after successfully sucking the blood of an enemy, with the level of effect tied to the quantity of blood received. There are multiple variations of abilities, with each specializing in a different area, such as increasing damage dealt, lowering enemies’ defenses, etc.
Multiplayer & Customization
Code Vein will support online co-op for up to four players, with each player being able to change playstyles whenever they want in order to compliment that of their teammates’. This is done through the game’s unique class system called “Blood Code”. Koch offers the following in regards to how classes function in multiplayer,
“You can decide how each of you wants to play in the game, and play differently in different areas of the game. So for example, you might say ‘in this area, I will go more on defense’, and your teammate can choose something different—it leads you to build a different experience through the game, different strategies. It’s something I really like.”
Lastly, Code Vein will feature in-depth customization that allows you to create a character that feels entirely your own. This includes standard creator options like changing your waifu’s hair, eye, and skin color as well as selecting from different outfits and accessories. Here you’ll also be able to pick your character class and special ability.
The Final Word
It’s great to see the Dark Souls formula be expanded upon and taken in a new direction. With the FromSoftware series currently on the backburner, Code Vein has a shot at providing players with a fresh experience in a format they’re already familiar with. Additionally, the game’s anime-inspired visuals and overly dramatic narrative are sure to draw in a larger audience that may not normally play these kinds of games.
Whether Code Vein will be able to live up to the lofty expectations set through comparisons to other titles like Dark Souls and God Eater, is yet to be seen. However, one thing’s for sure—vampires will flood the streets once this game is released.
If you’re excited for Code Vein and want to learn about similar titles, check out our list for the Best RPGs to Play in 2019.