We’d heard loose talk about a video game adaptation of the Werewolf: The Apocalypse tabletop RPG series, but aside from a brief teaser trailer, there hadn’t been much to go on. Until now. At IGN Expo, we finally got a fresh look at Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood.
Earthblood‘s story begins with the upcoming death of Gaia, the Earth mother. It seems that Gaia has been losing a battle against a destructive force known as the Wyrm. Not only is the Wyrm quite powerful, but it (and its minions) are supported by a multinational corporation that seeks to kill Gaia and take over the world (presumably in order to bump up those third-quarter numbers with the help of some layoffs).
You play a former protector of Gaia (and noted werewolf) named Cahal. While Cahal has enjoyed a kind of self-imposed exile from his duties for years now, he decides to get back into the action after learning that his old pack is in danger.
Check out the cinematic trailer:
Earthblood is set in the World of Darkness universe, which also so happens to house the Vampire: The Masquerade series. It’s known for its deep mythology, compelling stories, and dark tones blended with even darker humor. We expect this game to share many similarities with the Vampire games, with the biggest difference being that you are a werewolf and not some lame vampire (sorry vampires, but you know it’s true).
Gameplay-wise, there’s not much to go on at this time, but developer Cyanide Studio, developers of 2018’s intriguing Call of Cthulhu, has hinted at some interesting details thus far.
For instance, it seems that you’ll need to regularly swap between different forms in order to overcome the title’s various challenges. As Cahal, noted human, you’ll be able to interact with other humans for what seems to be the game’s primary role-playing mechanics. In your wolf form, you’ll be able to utilize advanced stealth elements in order to avoid enemy encounters. You’ll also be able to do some serious damage in Crinos form, a kind of hybrid between human and werewolf.
Interestingly, developer Cyanide also references the concept of rage within this game. It’s not clear at this time exactly how that mechanic will work, but it does seem that the idea is that your rage can consume you and (presumably) force you to spend too much time online asking for the Snyder cut.
We love the world of Earthblood, and if the creative success of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is any indication, there’s a lot of potential here. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is scheduled for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store later this year.