Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood Gets Its Brutal Gameplay Debut
Remember that Werewolf: The Apocalypse video game that was revealed a few years back? Well, it's finally getting some more time in the spotlight. French developer Cyanide has been hard at work putting together this vicious real-time action game, and it's actually their first foray into the genre. In a recent post to the ever-busy PlayStation Blog, Cyanide's very own Julien "Patch" Desourteaux shared some info on the game's mechanics. Best of all, he offered up the first-ever look at Earthblood's gameplay in a fairly meaty gameplay trailer and unveiling. The game looks very true to its roots, and it's surprisingly dead-on to the genre for being Cyanide's first time.
It's probably best to clarify that the game also incorporates RPG elements! This is fitting, as its world is based off the tabletop role-playing series of the same name. It's actually not the first time Werewolf: The Apocalypse has had an official video game adaptation; that goes to the very recently released WTA - Heart of the Forest, a visual novel from this past October. Before that, multiple attempts were made to adapt the tabletop game into video game form, but these ended in things like cancellations and companies going bankrupt. Earthblood is the most high-fidelity adaptation of the series to date, and the gameplay shows it best. The action is brutal and the form shifting adds a lot of depth to what could otherwise be just another action/RPG game.
You play as Cahal, a werewolf who must help both his old tribe and humanity as a whole in the fight against Endron, a corrupting organization. Cahal can shapeshift himself between three different forms: Human, wolf, and werewolf. Human form is used for things like conversations, hacking, and stealth kills (which must be performed sparingly, as they can increase your inner Rage, which forces you into werewolf form). Wolf form is the stealthy one of the bunch, allowing you to reach places you can't normally go, or silently slip by enemies. Werewolf is the culmination of the two, allowing you to violently wipe out enemies. This form should be used if all else fails and fighting is the only way to go. Utilizing these forms effectively at the same time is the key to making your way through the game. The combat was given a lot of focus in order to make it feel properly intense; even the Werewolf form gets two stances to use when fighting enemies.
It's a lot to take in, which is always a good thing! The world of Werewolf: The Apocalypse is a big one, with a lot of moving pieces and lore, and Earthblood looks like it's going to expand the series in a lot of bold new ways. But the big question is: When can we expect it? According to Cyanide, it will release on February 4th, 2021. Once out, you can play it on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Windows PC. In the meantime, make sure you catch the gameplay trailer to see everything just discussed in the article in action! Just remember: These aren't your typical werewolves. If you want to find out more about the game, its official pages on all social media channels can be found by searching "WerewolfVGame".