Dontnod Says A Vampyr No-Death Run Is Entirely Possible, But At A Cost

According to Dontnod Entertainment, the developers of the upcoming game Vampyr, a Vampyr no-death run is completely possible, though you’ll have to take a handicap as a result. Vampyr is the story of a doctor named Jonathon Reid, who in the midst of a London wracked by an influenza epidemic, must control his vampiric urges while solving mysteries.

There are many games that revolve partially around stealth or some other mechanic where a challenge is to avoid killing anybody throughout the whole game. Considering that you’re a vampire in the game, a species of fantasy creatures that quite literally needs blood to survive, not killing anyone in this game is definitely going to be a challenge.

A game like Vampyr is a noticeable departure from what many may see as Dontnod’s “norm”, since the last major game that they developed was the episodic adventure game Life Is Strange. Far from being in a plague-ravaged London with vampires, Life is Strange focused on the small, idyllic Northwestern town of Arcadia Bay…and time travel.

However, even though a Vampyr no-death run in the game is a noble accomplishment, from a gameplay standpoint it will make your job harder. In Vampyr, you’ll need to drink blood in order to “evolve” as a vampire, which means that if you want to get stronger, you’ll need to drink. If you don’t drink, you won’t get some of the powers that would be available to you if you did drink blood.

You’ll also have a disadvantage if you don’t go on a Vampyr no-death run, however. While you can kill everyone you come across, drink their blood, and become monstrously powerful, you’ll also be running into more powerful enemies in the later game, so you’ll have to run a balance between the two extremes.

Vampyr will be releasing on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC this November.