Nacon and Cyanide have set the release date for Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood, and confirmed a release on next-gen consoles. The game will be out on 4th February 2021 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store.
Based on the tabletop RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse, a part of the World of Darkness universe that also contains Vampire: The Masquerade.
The story follows the Cahal, an eco-terrorist werewolf banished from his tribe, but deciding to fight against the corporations that have caused pollution across the American Northwest. The game will let you shapeshift between wolf, human and werewolf form, to explore, converse and fight across this region.
The game is in development by Cyanide, best known for the Styx games and Call of Cthulhu. It’s actually the Styx: Shards of Darkness team working on this, so there might be some elements that will carry across from that game’s stealth action, though the snippets of gameplay shown above certainly lean on the heavy metal and action.
In a quirk of licensing and the timing of game company acquisitions, the game isn’t being published by Paradox Interactive, who hold the rights to the World of Darkness, but by Nacon. You might know Nacon better by their previous name Bigben Interactive, who recently decided to adopt the branding of their peripheral creating subsidiary. Perhaps they were just a bit bored of everyone thinking they were a London-based company, when they are actually French?
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood was announced in January 2017, but was first shown at E3 2019 and then at PDXCON 2019 in October. This has been our first real look at the game, though even this has been far too light for our liking. In fairness, the game is still over half a year away, but hopefully we get to see more in depth gameplay some time soon.