Stunlock Studios revealed their upcoming game, V Rising, will be coming to PC in the form of a beta later this year. The team also took to a new Q&A, shedding some light on their Vampire themed survival game.
The Vampire survival game will see players vying to be the next Dracula according to marketing director Johan Ilves. This is a fair bit different than Stunlock's previous titles, though in the Q&A posted to their website Johan mentions this is out of a desire to do something different and to "try something new."
V Rising will see players set in a vast open world, complete with multiple biomes such as forests, farmlands, caves and more. According to Ilves there is a fair bit players can do in the world of V Rising, from joining a faction to exploring the lore and story of the world behind the Vampire fantasy.
"V Rising offers a vast open-world, with room for at least 50 castles per server, where you can move freely between regions. The most prominent parts of the map consist of lush forests and open farmlands with villages and caves/dungeons. We’re also working with some visual storytelling, and you will be able to discover hints on the map from the past when vampires ruled the world. There will be bosses, as well as random encounters of patrolling humans and vicious vampire hunters. It’s a world of conflict where vampires, humans, and various creatures co-exist in a delicate balance. We have a faction system, so there will also be confrontations between different NPCs, bandits attacking farmers, wolves attacking bandits, etc. The mystery lies in what’s around the next corner, exploring the world and running into everything from bandits, the undead, witches, and werewolves, besides finding resources and items to upgrade your castle."
Players will also be able to take part in mounted combat, though you'll need to take care of your mount to ensure other vampires (and more) don't slay your steed. And while the Q&A is shedding a little light on the vampire survival game, Ilves states that one of the more interesting mechanics is down to its survival when it comes to hiding from the sun.
"In my opinion, hiding from the sun is one of the coolest survival elements of V Rising. Visually, we made the night very eye-pleasing, so you as a player will feel at home at night, much like a vampire, while the daytime is a bit more gloomy. The night is longer than day to give you plenty of hunting time. You can still explore the world during the day by moving in the shadows, as any extended exposure to sunlight will burn you to ashes. "
You can check out the full Q&A on the Stunlock website, as it goes a bit into the lore and PvP combat you'll find in V Rising. Based on Skvode, Sweden (the same city as Valheim developer Iron Gate), the studio is working on V Rising with plans to release it into beta later this year, though no official date has been given.