Code Vein

Bandai Namco's vampire-themed, action-RPG, Code Vein, has finally received an official release date. The game has been teased since its announcement back in 2015, but the Unreal Engine 4-powered hack-and-slash title will finally make its debut on home consoles and PC later this year.

According to Gamespot, Bandai Namco has plans on releasing the game on September 27th, 2018 in Japan, and on September 28th, 2018 for the rest of the world. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One and for PC.

As noted in the article, the game does not have a difficulty setting, and instead players will simply have to get good in order to overcome the challenges present in the hack-and-slash title. Additionally, there will be an online co-op mode present in Code Vein, allowing gamers to team up with friends or family to take on the enemies within the dark world that the developers have created.

The game itself is about a group of vampires holding out against monstrous creatures in a post-apocalyptic environment. Society has collapsed, and the world is in ruin. The Vein are the only ones left to save the remnants of the past world. However, in order to attain the power they need to fight back against the enemies that flood the world, they end up giving up their memories in exchange for the power of a vampire. This also endows them with the same vices as a vampire, such as lusting after blood.

The Vein end up having to maintain a fine balance between working as the world's justice center, as well as attempting to avoid succumbing to the thirst for blood. Those who cannot control their bloodlust end up becoming fiends known as The Lost, not unlike the skals from Dontnod Entertainment's Vampyr.

Players will create their own character in Code Vein and attempt to navigate through the dark and violent dystopia in order to both regain the memories of the past and defeat the evil that has destroyed humanity.

Much like Bandai Namco's other action-RPG series, Dark Souls, you'll be able to fight and loot new gear throughout the game world in order to become stronger. You'll also have to adapt to the enemies within the world to avoid certain death, and upgrade your character so that they can continue to face off against whatever challenges Code Vein throws at you.

The game has oftentimes been described by the media as an "anime" version of Dark Souls, mostly because it takes a very similar concept to the Bloodborne or Lords of the Fallen-style combat mechanics. A lot of the combat is slow and plodding, and players have the added ability to make use of special vampire abilities in order to destroy enemies. Opposite of Dark Souls, the game gives players a lot of cool looking fantasy weapons you don't usually see in hack-and-slash titles (unless you're a frequent Monster Hunter player) so gamers who enjoy high fantasy will get plenty of it in Code Vein.

Thankfully, your wait for the game won't be long, as it will launch later this year, in September, for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.