Initial release date: 2017
Vampyr is an action role-playing game played from a third-person view. The player controls the game's protagonist Jonathan E. Reid, a vampire doctor whose thirst for blood compels him to kill innocent people. To do this successfully, he must gather information about his targets—study and change their habits, collect clues and maintain certain relationships by communicating with the inhabitants of London, which serves as a semi-open fictionalized world built around hubs of neighborhoods tethered to other interlinking areas. As entailed by the vampire lore, Reid can only enter a house with an invitation. If one so chooses, anyone in the game could be targeted, which will have consequences that affect the story. Feeding on human blood will unlock new vampiric powers in addition to providing nourishment. The "Mesmerism" ability can determine the behavior of weaker targets, like coercing them into revealing important information or guiding them to less conspicuous areas so as to feed without resorting to combat. One can heal injured or sick victims in order to gain more from them in the process. The rate of a victim's affliction can be viewed with Reid's vampiric senses. It is possible to finish the game without taking a life, which best preserves the character's cover as a doctor but makes it more difficult to level up.
There are multiple endings to the game, all of which depends on decisions made by Reid and whether or not he has fed on someone, regardless of whether they are innocent or not. Combat feeding does not count towards the ending as that merely replenishes health and vampire abilities.
Screenshot from the pre-alpha demo showing the player character in combat.
The combat allows the player to wield improvised weapons, such as a saw, as well as ranged weapons in the fight against mythical and human enemies.Weapon improvement through crafting is made possible by looting items from the bodies of victims. While using vampiric powers in combat, the player character's health and energy drains. This forces him to feed so he can immediately replenish his strength. He can also utilize his "Spring" ability, letting him scale locations otherwise out of reach and charge more rapidly across gaps, which once upgraded can do damage on impact and grant temporary invincibility.
Vampires in Vampyre come in three types. The Ekons, who resemble the classic type of vampire and it is the kind that Reid belongs to. The Vulkods, who are beastly and have been mistaken for Werewolves due to their appearance and behavior. Skals are the third type and make up most of the vampire enemies that Reid has to deal with. They are vampires affected by the disease that has been spreading throughout London and are deformed and violent.
Vampires in Vampyr are affected by crosses and cannot enter a home without an invitation though they can bypass this by using their ability to mesmerise the home owner into letting them in. Sunlight will burn a vampire severely but cannot kill them, only immolation by fire is capable of killing them. A Vampire will get stronger from feeding and killing their victim, doing so also allows them to hear their final thoughts and regrets. Vampires can also reproduce through sexual intercourse but if the mother is human, the birth will be fatal.
Upon release, Vampyr received mixed reviews with criticism being aimed at the combat system and the narrative, as well as technical issues such as animations and clipping. Despite this, the voice acting, setting and character development was praised by critics.