Vampyr developer diary series ‘Episode 2: Architects of the Obscure’

How Dontnod brought 1918 London to life with music and visuals.

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Focus Home Interacive and Dontnod Entertainment have released the second episode in its series of Vampyr developer diaries. Episode 2 is titled “Architects of the Obscure.”

If you missed it, catch the first episode, “Making Monsters,” here.

Here is an overview of Episode 2, via its description:

Episode 2: Architects of the Obscure—discover how Dontnod coupled Vampyr‘s music and visuals to bring 1918 London to life.

Dontnod Entertainment invites fans to their studio for a second time, further revealing the creative process behind their upcoming action-RPG, Vampyr. Dontnod Presents Vampyr – Episode 2: Architects of the Obscure unveils more exclusive gameplay footage, while the creative team delves into the visuals and music that bring 1918 London to life. Two more episodes of this four-part webseries, produced and realized by the video department of Focus Home Interactive, will release weekly each Thursday.

In Episode 2: Architects of the Obscure, Dontnod reveals the areas of London that you will explore and impact during your time in Vampyr. Each of the four districts have their own distinct style and groups of citizens, which can flourish or perish depending on your actions. Whitechapel and the Docks are ravaged by poverty and crime, while the West End benefits from a wealthier population – and is the district of choice for Ekons plotting in the shadows. Pembroke Hospital gives Dr. Reid the opportunity to put his medicinal skills to great effect, while tempting the doctor-turned-vampire with helpless citizens that hold him in a position of trust.

This latest episode also introduces the music of Vampyr, including insight from composer Olivier Deriviere. He discusses how he developed the game’s original score with consideration for its unique setting and atmosphere, as well as how the inner dilemma Jonathan faces translates into the music. Eric-Maria Couturier, of the Paris Ensemble InterContemporain, drives Vampyr‘s soundtrack as solo celloist, and here offers an exclusive performance that showcases his unique style.

And here is an overview of the game:

Vampyr is set in 1918 London, with the city weakened by the recent World War I and ravaged by the Spanish Flu. This setting makes up an important part of Vampyr’s identity. Dontnod will make players feel the duality that torments Dr. Jonathan Reid, giving them the freedom to choose who to sacrifice and who to save. Every killing has consequences, and it’s up to players to balance their need to feed and grow stronger, with the rapidly deteriorating city of London.

Vampyr is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this spring.

Watch Episode 2 below. Two more five-minute episodes will be released weekly every Thursday.

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