A Transformative Reveal
French developer Cyanide appeared onstage at PDXCON this year to reveal that Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is coming in Summer 2020. This is the first major adaptation of White Wolf’s Werewolf: The Apocalypse tabletop RPG series. As an action RPG, Cyanide hopes to capture the spirit of both the original tabletop mechanics, as well as the mature universe that its source material inhabits. Previous attempts to adapt Werewolf into video game form have failed, with the last try, developed by Capcom, was cancelled over twenty years ago. There’s no firm release date yet for Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood, but we’ll hopefully see it sometime next summer.
Cyanide revealed some more information about Earthblood’s story during PDXCON. Starring werewolf Cahal, he was exiled from his tribe many years ago, and only recently came back into the fold of endangered hybrids. The forest sanctuary where his tribe lives is being destroyed by greedy multinational corporation Pentex in search of oil. Cahal must now join with other Garou, or werewolves, in a fight to protect their ancestral homeland.
The original tabletop RPG series dealt with environmental themes, and Earthblood looks to be no different. Set in a fight between their own primal instincts and man’s appetite for natural destruction, when Cahal builds up enough rage, he can transform into a fearsome beast, in order to push back against Pentex’s forces. As you can read in our E3 preview, Cahal becomes a terrifying force when enough of his rage is built up. Even from the brief teaser above, we get a glimpse of the dark and violent world that the Werewolf franchise is set in, something Cyanide is no stranger to.
The French studio previously worked on Blood Bowl, as well as the dark fantasy Styx games, and last year’s Call of Cthulhu RPG. Set in a world teeming with corruption and conspiracies at every corner, Werewolf seems perfect for a tale of environmental revenge, and something Cyanide is wholly used to. We’ll get a chance to see how their efforts shape up when Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood launches next summer.