Bandai Namco has released new information and screenshots of Code Vein introducing partner character Io, the Depths, Blood Trials, and more.
Get the details below.
■ Partner Character Introduction: Io
Parnter characters tag along with and support the player in various forms. As you progress through the story, even Io, who supports the protagonist from the base, can be taken along as a partner character.
—Character models by Flight Unit.
Io is an all-rounder who fights using a halberd and Gifts. In addition to attack-type Gifts, she can also support players on the healing side with various Gifts such as increasing the amount of HP restored and curing status ailments. Her attack power is average, so she will follow the player when it comes to being on the offense.
Io uses the Blood Veil “Ivy,” which is a special Blood Veil that extends to the back and is shapped like a scarf. It pierces through enemies from underground.
Blood Veils are equipment used by Revenants in order to steal blood from enemies. While there are various types of Blood Veils, the protagonist can equip every single type.
Gifts are the special abilities of Revenants that manifest in various forms by the blood stolen from enemies. Io possesses various Gifts to support the player, including the thunder attribute Gift “Lightning Thorn.”
Some of the Gifts Io can use include:
- Regenerator: Increases HP recovery rate by boosting the self-recovery ability of herself and her comrade.
- Panacea Essence: Heals all the status ailments inflicted onto herself and her comrade.
- Protection of Love: Significantly consumes her own HP to significantly recover her comrade’s HP.
- Lightning Thorn: Generates violent bolts of lightning and fires at her target.
Co-Op Gift: Wedge of Determination
A Co-Op Gift that can be used when Mio is your partner. It trades off Drain ability in order to reduce blowback from enemy attacks for a fixed period of time. It is extremely effective in situations when surrounded by enemies and when using heavyweight weapons that deal big damage and have big swings.
■ Field Introduction
Unexplored land that spreads out deep below various areas. The exploits of the Public Order Preservation Force Cerberus revealed its entrance, but the path was closed due to the miasma. It is said that this mysterious place is overflowing with unknown dangers and lost resources.
The Depths of Death
An area of the depths that spreads out deep below the collapsed city. While traces of the city remain, the vicinity of the area is surrounded by fog and has an ominous air about it.
Buildings from above ground can be seen through the gap in the distance.
■ Blood Trials
By touching the traces of red that exist in the depths areas, a Blood Trial will commence where Lost barge in one after the next. By overcoming these trials, you can obtain new upgrade materials.
In the depths areas, you can obtain new weapons and Blood Veils that you could not obtain on the original fields. Of course, you can also use distress signals.
By sending out a distress signal, you can call in help from other Revenants. This will allow you to explore with you, your partner, and another player for a total of three characters running around together. Be sure to use this when you are in a situation you are unable to get past.
The player that receives the distress signal will also be able to acquire the items and Haze dropped by enemies during exploration. Furthermore, since support players can also increase the proficiency of the Gifts they utilize, helping another player will also help strengthen their own character.
The Gift “Gift Heal” can simultaneously distribute HP to both the player character and their partner. Besides that, reinforcement-style Gifts and the like can also be used. Players can work together to clear the dungeon.
Players can communicate using emotion stamps and gestures. By combining stamps, emotions, and voices, you can set and use your very own communication gestures. Set variations according to each situation to communicate with players when on the field.
Code Vein is due out worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 28. In Japan, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will release on September 27.
View the screenshots at the gallery.