Bandai Namco unveils Code Vein multiplayer, new characters


Bandai Namco has provided insight into two hitherto mysterious aspects of its forthcoming action-RPG Code Vein, by unveiling how the game’s multiplayer element will work and lifting the lid off two of its characters.

Code Vein – a hack-n-slash-style RPG not dissimilar to From Software’s Bloodborne and Dark Souls games, even though it is created by an in-house team at the Japanese publisher previously responsible for Sword Art Online games – will let players request help from others via its multiplayer engine, when they find themselves having trouble making progress. 

In Code Vein, players will control vampire-like characters known as Revenants, battling against undead known as the Lost. Bandai Namco has revealed that the Revenant characters in the game will include Karen and Cruz. Karen is the older sister of Louis, who passed away but was revived as a Revenant. She will operate as an AI-controlled support character in the game, offering buffs and backup to the character you control.

Cruz, according to Bandai Namco, “Has withstood horrific experiments in an attempt to save mankind. Under the intense pressure of unsuccessful experiment, she became a destruction incarnate within the world of Code Vein due to complex matters.” 

Code Vein has not yet been allocated a firm release date, but according to Bandai Namco is on track for a 2018 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. With From Software moving on from the Dark Souls franchise to work on new IPs, Code Vein should fulfil a craving among those who like their RPGs gothic, dark and above all, very hard. It may be worth watching the Bandai Namco website for more information about Code Vein’s progress.