Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodhunt Preview – Battle Royale Meets Vampires (No, Significantly)

After I consider the battle royale style, a couple of issues come to thoughts: PUBG, Fortnite, Apex Legends, boredom. It is not a foul style, however not one I’ve ever actually felt tremendous linked to. What I do really feel linked to, nonetheless, is Vampire: The Masquerade, so when Sharkmob approached me with a brand new recreation that’s actually battle royale with vampires, I used to be too intrigued to say no. Surprisingly sufficient? It really works! Here is my Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodhunt preview. 

For people who is probably not the largest of tabletop followers, Vampire: The Masquerade is a stunningly expansive RPG expertise that has developed a lot by way of the years. Quite a few variations have come and gone to develop upon this world, together with online game takes that breathe contemporary life (or unlife?) into the characters we all know and people we will create. I’ve tanked years into this universe and used the very guidelines of The Masquerade to construct so many fan-creations of my very own, so think about my shock when the most recent recreation to be introduced below this umbrella was a PvP battle royale journey. Now take that shock, and picture how that tripled when I discovered myself actually having fun with my time with Bloodhunt. 


It seems, that is truly the proper pairing. What are vampires if not extremely crafty creatures with the means, and want, to kill? What’s battle royale if not very a lot the identical? Not like different shooter genres, battle royale consists of a mix of tactical ready and dashing for the gold. Hurry up and wait, if you’ll. That technique when positioned up in opposition to a macabre backdrop of vampiric glory, and you have your self an progressive recreation that fills a distinct segment that we did not even know wanted filling. 

My time with Bloodhunt was a little bit tough across the edges, which was to be anticipated on condition that the construct I loved was in very early alpha stage. Taking to the clans that I am intimately acquainted with by way of earlier tabletop expertise, I used to be excited to discover how these expertise would play out when going up in opposition to different gamers. Towards the devs themselves, even. 

Bloodhunt is ready in Prague and the place we began our bloodthirsty journey was within the coronary heart of Elysium. These acquainted with this property will acknowledge that as a impartial hotspot for clans to fulfill. Within the realm of battle royale, nonetheless, it is something however impartial. My first spherical I selected a Muse, largely as a result of they appeared fairly and that was all the time a category I selected when rolling my very own character. I received smoked, I believe I used to be one of many first folks to die as a result of I saved simply operating in like a maniac. The one upside was {that a} dev that labored on the sport died instantly after me, so I felt a little bit bit higher. The second time, nonetheless, I wizened up. I selected based mostly on talent, not aesthetic, and went Vandal (she nonetheless appeared cute, don’t be concerned) and the tides of battle modified. I believe my second match I ended up touchdown within the high 8 spot, which is not too shabby whenever you do not forget that I died first the earlier spherical. 

For hundreds of years, vampires have lived and thrived amongst people, sustaining The Masquerade. Now a treacherous betrayal has stirred a conflict amongst the vampire sects, exposing them to the key society often called The Entity. With a holy mission to annihilate all vampires, they take the hunt to the streets of Prague…

Gamers might want to use their supernatural powers, weapons, and wit to outlive the night time and restore the masquerade! 

The abilities undoubtedly matter right here, there may be one class that may heal themselves and allies, there may be one other that simply Harambe-smashes foes into the bottom. Of the six lessons proven, there’s a playstyle for everybody, which helps when pairing with completely different avid gamers earlier than diving right into a match for the kill. 

Identical to any battle royale recreation, there are assets to be discovered everywhere in the map, together with stay victims to empty their blood to spice up powers and regain well being. The usual weapons may also be discovered, together with sniper rifles, SMGs, a bow, and a sick pair of daggers that made mele a lot enjoyable.

The advantage of Sharkmob making a recreation inside the battle royale scope is that they may have enjoyable with it. Battle royale is fairly reduce and dry, what must be there to make it pleasurable, and gamers know – largely- what to anticipate. This was very evident when enjoying with the staff as a result of we had been joking your entire time about how we could not imagine there may be truly a battle royale recreation about vampires. It was apparent this staff had lots of love for the lore and for the neighborhood that surrounds Vampire: The Masquerade. This is not an affordable shot, it isn’t a disrespectful parody; it is a standalone expertise that newcomers to the staple can get pleasure from and veterans can relish in. It is only a genuinely pleasurable on-line expertise to dive into with associates, and an expertise I used to be pleasantly stunned to study that I wished to play extra of. 

Did I point out you would additionally scale the tallest of buildings such as you’re in Murderer’s Creed? Since you completely can, and it is superior. 

Prague supplies a stupendous backdrop for this recreation. Every store that was enterable had its personal persona, it had its personal proof of life. For being a contained battle royale map, there was a shocking quantity of space to discover because of the verticality of the aforementioned Murderer’s Creed-esque scaling. This made enjoying a extra tactical recreation simpler to do, particularly when you landed your self a candy sniper. 

The character customization was additionally enjoyable, particularly making my goth babe have silver hair like mine and winged eyeliner that would kill a person. There are beauty choices that gamers can select from, as properly. Since it is a free-to-play recreation, there are added beauty choices – comparable to outfits, glasses, make-up, and many others – to buy with actual cash, however that is not out of the norm for a recreation that’s utterly free. Not one of the purchasable gadgets are pay-to-win both, they’re purely beauty, so you do not have to fret about any bait and swap with regards to what’s free and what’s “free.”

On the finish of the day, Vampire: The Masquerade appeared tough however that was due to the alpha construct. Regardless of the shorn edges of the gameplay expertise, I can see an actual treasure buried beneath early growth woes. Will this be incomes recreation of the 12 months anytime quickly? No, and it isn’t meant to. It is meant to purely be a enjoyable, aggressive PvP expertise set inside a world that has a really devoted neighborhood. And what? Sharkmob nailed it. 

For these concerned with trying out this bizarre dream-made-a-reality, there’s a closed alpha kicking off on July 2nd. You may study extra concerning the recreation, and register for the closed beta, by way of the official Sharkmob web site proper right here. You may as well add it to your Steam Wishlist right here, if that fits your fancy.

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