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Dark Fantasy RPG Code Vein Receives First Trailer

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After teasing the footage over the past few weeks, Bandai Namco has released the first trailer for the upcoming RPG Code Vein.

The video, embedded below, highlights the game’s dark fantasy setting and provides a glimpse at combat gameplay. In some respects, the atmosphere of the trailer evokes From Software’s Dark Souls series, through claustrophobic environments, gothic orchestral audio, and formidable bosses, but transports the style to more contemporary settings, such as the ruined city streets. Similarly, the gameplay appears to take cues from Bloodborne, requiring a high degree of both strategy and speed to overcome enemies.

Despite these similarities, however, the artistic style is very different, leaning towards a stylised, anime-influenced look rather than the hyper-realistic visuals of From Software’s titles.

Code Vein is in development at Shift, the studio best known for its work on the God Eater series, but will have no direct connection to that franchise.

The game will pit players as a Revenant, a vampiric being tasked within uncovering the mysteries of the post-apocalyptic world. The primary enemies are known as the Lost, Revenants who have succumbed to the desire for blood, some of the designs for which are included in the above trailer.

Beyond the setting, one key point that differentiates Code Vein from the Dark Souls games is the constant presence of an AI-controlled “buddy,” who will help the player in both combat and exploration.

Plenty more details on the game, including insights into the visual design and a more in-depth breakdown of the story details is available in OnlySP’s earlier coverage. Code Vein is targeting a 2018 release for consoles, though a PC version has not been ruled out.

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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