Many fans of White Wolf’s World of Darkness were overjoyed when a video game adaptation of the tabletop Werewolf: The Apocalypse game was announced, as it is to be the first full-fledged video game to take place in this setting since the cult classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
Werewolf is being developed by Cyanide Studio and will be published by Focus Home Interactive, and if you’re not familiar with this French developer, their most prominent recent title was the new Call of Cthulhu game.
So, what do we know about the upcoming Werewolf game thus far, and when is it set to be released?
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Release Date and Platforms
The game was originally expected to be released in 2018, but that has, obviously, not come to pass. No official release date has been announced, and seeing as we haven’t seen anything but concept art as of yet, it would be safe to assume that it’s going to be a while until we see any trailers or gameplay footage.
If we had to guess, 2020 might be a realistic expectation, but we really need to wait and see how the development goes.
Furthermore, the game will be available on PC and the official site also lists “consoles” as platforms. We can interpret this as referring to the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, potentially also their respective successors which are now looming on the horizon.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Story
Environmentalism is one of the prominent subjects in Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and it seems that it will be the focal point of the video game adaptation’s plot.
The game will put us in the shoes of a Fianna tribe Garou named Cahal and set us up against the secretive Pantex organization (run by vampires) that is destroying the natural world through the every-hungry exploitative corporate machine. Cahal will have to overcome the threats posed by this group, all the while having to uncover the fate of his missing son.
Obviously, character creation will be quite limited since the tribe, backstory, name, and gender are all already chosen for us, and it’s unknown to which extent, if at all, the player will be able to customize Cahal’s appearance.
Not much is known about the plot other than the above basics, and while there are bound to be some moral gray areas to tackle, Werewolf: The Apocalypse has always been focused more on combat than on storytelling and mystery, unlike Vampire: The Masquerade. Speaking of combat…
Werewolf: The Apocalypse Gameplay
As already mentioned, we are yet to see some gameplay footage, but the developers have been pretty straightforward as to what the combat in WtA will look like.
The player will be able to assume three forms: Homid, Lupus, and Crinos. Sadly, Glabro and Hispo seemingly won’t be in the mix, but that’s probably because there’s no way to meaningfully incorporate those forms into the mechanics.
The human form, Homid, will be used to blend in with humans and allow the player to attain their goal through social interaction and non-violent means. Meanwhile, Lupus – the wolf form – will allow a stealthier approach, complete with the advanced senses of a predatory canine that make it ideal for exploration.
And then, there’s the signature half-man, half-wolf form – Crinos, also known as the War Form. Naturally, this will be a combat-oriented form that turns a Garou into a raging death machine capable of tearing enemies apart with massive claws and healing wounds much faster than normally possible.
However, the devs don’t want the player getting too bloodthirsty, as evident from the ‘rage’ mechanic. Namely, witnessing certain events and being exposed to violence will steadily fill up Cahal’s rage meter, which will have to be managed and expended carefully, lest you risk your character falling into a destructive frenzy that has the potential to cause lasting repercussions in the game’s world. What’s more, it can even cost Cahal his sanity, resulting in an immediate game over as he is corrupted by the Wyrm.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Our Expectations
So – it’s the first real World of Darkness game since 2004, the hype is real, and the developers are apparently taking their time to deliver a quality product, so we should expect nothing short of an excellent game, right?
Well, honestly, it would be best to keep our expectations in check. While everything we know about the game so far sounds fine and dandy on paper, I can’t help but feel a bit skeptical, considering the track record of Cyanide Studio.
As mentioned in the introduction, the latest game to be developed by this studio was Call of Cthulhu, a highly anticipated game that ended up being painfully average, both in the eyes of the critics and the fans. Their older releases hardly fared better.
In the end, while I really don’t want to be a pessimist, I can’t help but fear that Werewolf: The Apocalypse will be just another entry in a string of unremarkable games churned out by Cyanide. Here’s hoping that that won’t be the case.
And there you have it, everything that we know about the upcoming Werewolf: The Apocalypse game so far. Some additional info, maybe even a trailer or gameplay footage, might be unveiled over the course of 2019, so be sure to stay up to date on all the latest news!