As promised, DONTNOD has posted the second episode of its behind-the-scenes developer diary, DONTNOD Presents Vampyr. This marks two of four planned iterations.
Coming in at close to four minutes and twenty seconds in length, this segment of the interesting development documentary covers two important things:
First, there’s talk about the different districts of London that players will get to explore and stalk their prey within.
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.
Then, there’s the music, which is previewed as a haunting soundtrack and is performed by just one man on video. What is perhaps the biggest draw here, though, is the fact that the musical section mixes in a bit of gameplay footage, and that’s something we haven’t really seen much of at all.
The composer 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.
You can see it all for yourself, below this line of text, and can expect to be able to play Vampyr sometime this spring.