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Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood Gameplay Reveal

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood Gameplay Reveal

Preview - posted by Infinitron on Mon 14 December 2020, 23:16:41

Tags: Cyanide Studio; Julien Desourteaux; Nacon; Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood

Most of the trailers we've seen for Cyanide's upcoming Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood action-RPG have been kind of cringe, including the gameplay trailer from July. The game looks a bit more interesting in the seven minute gameplay video released today by publisher Nacon. Narrated by game director Julien Desourteaux, it offers a good look at the abilities of the protagonist's three forms as he raids various Endron facilities. In human form you can sneak around Splinter Cell-style and even do immersive sim-type stuff with your crossbow, wolf form is for scouting and travelling through vents, and when it's time for a fight you enter werewolf form. The combat system has a focus on stances and special abilities that require building up rage and frenzy. Some of this information is also recounted in a post by Julien at the PlayStation Blog. Here's the video and an excerpt from that:

Unlike a horror movie from the 80s, being a Werewolf isn’t a curse. It offers great power, granting the ability to shapeshift into 3 different forms.

The Human or “Homid” Form
This is the main form you will make use of for anything related to social interaction, hacking computers, and stealth kills. You can quietly get the jump on enemies, perform silent takedowns, or pick off an enemy from afar with your crossbow. With some handy upgrades, you can also use the crossbow to disable electrical systems.

The Wolf or “Lupus” Form
As a human, sometimes there are places you just can’t get into. It’s these times where you’ll be grateful for the speed and agility of the wolf. The Wolf form will help you navigate through vents and move rapidly between cover to avoid being detected by the guards. Speed and agility are the name of the game, and it’s just as valuable when you’re trying to take a stealthy approach.

The Werewolf or “Crinos” Form
This is the form that everyone immediately thinks about when you hear the word “Werewolf”. These towering beasts are powerful creatures, capable of devastating acts of carnage. A Crinos is the ultimate combat machine, and if infiltration fails, it’s time to go big or go home.

Brutal, fast-paced combat
Werewolves are not known for their patience, and your inner Rage will raise as you silently take down enemies. Sooner or later, you will have to fight your way through.

For our first foray into the action genre, we really wanted to design impactful, brutal fighting systems. Something that would bring these powerful creatures to life. We went through lots of iterations, balancing the different moves and enemies, with a focus on strength, power, and aggression. Every move, every animation needed that “snap” and “crunch” to ensure each strike feels heavy and satisfying.

Rage is at the heart of combat: it builds up as you damage enemies and allows you to perform a range of special moves, from unleashing a big area-of-effect attack to rushing towards an enemy.

The Crinos also has two different combat stances, each suitable for different situations.
  • In Agile Stance, you can perform fast attacks and move quickly between enemies. This comes especially handy when you need to get closer to ranged enemies, or when cornered.
  • Heavy Stance sacrifices agility for better strength and resistance, but it’s a chance worth taking to quickly dispose of basic foes and break the guard of tougher enemies.
As the fight goes on, your Frenzy meter will also fill up, and once it boils over Cahal can unleash his fury. Frenzy is a double-edged sword: while active, it increases the speed and power of your attacks and allows you to unleash spectacular, dedicated combat moves. But in return, you can’t block, heal or use any other special move until the Fury gauge empties.​

Earthblood is now available for preorder at the Epic Games Store for $40 with a 10% discount. As somebody on our forums said, it looks janky enough to be promising.

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