While the vampire RPG ‘Vampyr’, from Life is Strange developers Dontnod, didn’t quite hit the hits of critical acclaim then other titles to release this year, overall, especially by fans, its gathered quite the cult following, which is quite fitting for a game with themes such as this one. Though in saying that, during its launch week of June 5th, Vampyr did reach number one in charts for the PC platform, Steam.
So with that said, Fox21 has announced that they have acquired the rights to develop a TV series adaptation, which will be brought to life by Wonderland Sound & Vision and DJ2 Entertainment. With its dark themes set in the early 1900’s, the concept of Vampyr should make for an interesting TV series, but how well that is reflected from the videogame to TV media transition, is another matter altogether. Without giving to much away, the story of Vampyr (the videogame) follows the tale of Dr. Jonathan Reid returning home to the city of London after fighting in the first World War, only to find that a lot has changed since the day he left.
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The CEO of developers Dontnod, Oskar Guilbert had this to say on the announcement of the Vampyr TV series “we believe it is a fantastic premise for a television show. This is a new and exciting way for fans of the game, as well as the uninitiated, to enter and engage with Vampyr’s rich, deep story. We cannot wait to see how the talented team at Fox21 will bring out the darkly atmospheric universe of our game into television.”
While CEO of Focus Home Interactive (the publisher of the videogame), Jurgen Goeldner added “we are delighted to partner with Fox21 for the adaptation of Vampyr into a TV series. Dontnod has created a uniquely dark, immersive world with deep narration, which has made Vampyr already a modern video game classic. We cannot wait to see Fox21 bring all of their talent and experience in launching a TV show that will allow an even wider audience to discover the fantastic universe of Vampyr.”
Finally, CEO of DJ2 Entertainment Dmitri Johnson concluded by stating “The DJ2 team loves the creative vision Dontnod & Focus devote to all of their projects,” said Dmitri Johnson. “The great relationship we’ve built with them since partnering on their incredible game, Life is Strange, allowed us to get on board for Vampyr well before its release. Like them, we’re excited to collaborate with our friends at Fox21, Wonderland, and the rest of the creative team we’re assembling.”
Vampyr the videogame is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and this month it will receive a big update adding a variety of new difficulties to cater for those that want something more challenging and something less so.
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