What They Like About the World of Darkness
We’ve been following Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood for a while. So far, we’ve liked what we see, and these Dev Diaries just go to show why–the devs are big fans of White Wolf’s Old World of Darkness. No wonder it’s shaping up to be such an interesting game whether or not you’re interested in Cahal. When the people working on a game truly love it, that passion tends to be contagious. Also, the combination of bloodthirsty monsters fighting for a noble cause, evil corporations who literally serve the forces of entropy, and the punk sensibilities of the Old World of Darkness just makes for a really compelling picture. Especially after the last four years.
Welcome to the Pack, the first of these videos, shines the spotlight on Earthblood‘s interpretation of the existing Werewolf lore and especially on protagonist Cahal. Unsurprisingly, he has a tragic backstory which left him shattered. Slightly more surprisingly, the devs have gone on record as taking inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, a visually stunning film which is also about the monsters of nature clashing with the forces of ‘progress.’ Lady Eboshi is significantly more sympathetic than Endron, however. On another note, Wyrm confirmed! The Wyrm is definitely active and corrupting the world of Earthblood! The question is, how dark is this game willing to go? After all, in the original Tabletop RPG, the Wyrm had already won.
The second video, The Essence of Rage, discusses the Rage mechanic and the game’s approach to beat ’em up combat. From the transformation system to the stance system to the resource collection system, everything needs to feed each other. The devs also promise a wide range of enemies to fight, from mercenaries and robots to animated bird skeletons, which sounds like a bloody good time. Plus, each level is designed to be a puzzle with multiple solutions, so players can choose the approach that fits them best. Infiltration? Dive straight into combat? It’s up to you.
Werewolf : The Apocalypse – Earthblood will be available on February 4th, 2021, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.