The first game shown at the Nacon Connect presentation today was Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, and developer Big Bad Wolf is promising some big things. They’ve whispered sweet nothings into my ear like morally gray situations with player choice and consequences, multiple endings, RPG gameplay with character customization, and an interesting world to explore.
The story pulls from the lore from World of Darkness’ Vampire: The Masquerade universe. In this world, vampires are real, and there are multiple clans vying for power. The only real law is to keep up “the masquerade” that keeps them hidden from the human world. The trailer shows an invitation being sent out to attend an event that unifies the cities of Boston, the home of the largest clan, the Camarilla, and Hartford. Instead of a celebration, there are murder, blood, and bullets.
You’ll play as three different characters during the game. Each belongs to a different clan, and each will see the events from a unique perspective. You’ll be able to customize your characters with skills that range from influencing people by opening up new dialogue options to being able to change the physical world with skills like lock picking. By using those skills, you’ll uncover who ordered the attack and why. You will be playing as a monster who is tracking other monsters, and the game will have multiple endings depending on your choices.
The trailer today doesn’t show any gameplay, but we know that Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong will be released on the PS4 and PS5 in 2021. For now, it’s a solid teaser of what’s to come.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.