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access_time June 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM in Microsoft by David Poole

E3 2019 Preview | Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Earthblood

Bigben Interactive invited us to check out a few games during E3 2019, The Sinking City being one of them. Among those titles, there was one peculiar one that we saw from Cyanide Studio, the team behind games like Call of Cthulhu and Styx: Master of Shadows. Working with White Wolf Publishing, the team is creating a video game adaptation of the tabletop game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Titled Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Earthblood, the game seems to offer an interesting journey with a supernatural twist. Joined by the games Director, Julien Desourteaux, he showcased some of the features of the game. Unfortunately, screenshots and video are not available for the game yet, so we’ll be using key art for this preview.

Starting our demo in a desert setting, Julien controlled the protagonist, Cahal, who is part of the werewolf clan of Garou. At least, he was, until he gets exiled from his clan, moving him toward his path as an eco-terrorist. With the goal of trying to take down the Pentex corporation, a company run by vampires, Cahal will have to use all the powers at his disposal. With his human form, he can maintain conversations and operate machinery. The human form can even utilize a special sense, allowing him to see things like wiring and more. Turning into his Lupus form, he’ll become a small wolf that allows him to run fast and sneak into facilities. Finally, the Crinos form is the big boy, the powerful Werewolf form that allows him to unleash devastating force.

When in the Crinos form, the game is focused on combat, but there is a twist. While in this form, Cahal is vulnerable to the Wyrm, a force that can corrupt and control creatures if they give into their rage. To counter this, players have to take caution not to fight with too much rage, the Wyrm manifesting itself on Cahal’s body if the rage starts to consume him. If the Wyrm takes over completely, it’s game over. Using accumulated rage, players can also heal themselves to avoid kicking the bucket. Combat itself seems reminiscent of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Cahal is able to dish out a lot of damage and use various skills that increase his rage, and he’ll need it against some of his foes.

While not exactly an open world, the game does offer expansive areas. Julien utilized the Lupus form to sneak into a base, turning back into Cahal to shut down its weapon system. It was then that he performed a stealth kill on a foe while in human form, then using the Crinos form to take down more enemies. Enemy mechs seem to offer a tougher fight, making it even tougher to take down enemies in large numbers. Watching a mid-boss fight, we even see Cahal take on a fellow werewolf, though this one corrupted by the Wyrm. After a bit of a brawl, unfortunately the creature proved too powerful, defeating Cahal.

Before our demo ended, Julien loaded up another save file to show off a jungle environment. This seemed to be where Cahal’s clan was from, giving a little variety in the setting. Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Earthblood was a nice change of pace at E3, looking like a fun action title. Part stealth, part brawler, Cyanide Studio seems to be focused on giving players a good experience for this world. Fans of the lore will have plenty to find, but newcomers will be able to enjoy the game too. There’s still quite some time before the planned 2020 release date, with the game planned for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Hopefully everyone will be able to see the game in action soon. For now, Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Earthblood has potential to be a sleeper hit.

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