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"In the face of certain death, we rise."

Code Vein is a Hack and Slash Action RPG developed by God Eater developer Shift and Bandai Namco Entertainment. Announced by Bandai Namco on April 20th, 2017, Code Vein combines the action based gameplay of Shift's own God Eater games with the fiendishly difficult and trial-and-error gameplay of Bandai Namco and FromSoftware's Dark Souls franchise, while featuring cinematic visuals from animation studio ufotable.

Set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future where the world has been destroyed by an unknown cataclysm, surviving humans have transformed into vampires known as Revenants in order to stay alive. Among the Revenants lies a hidden society known as Vein, a group dedicated to save what remains of society from the Lost, Revenants who have transformed into fiendish ghouls by fully giving into their bloodlust. The player takes on the role as a member of Vein exploring the ruined Lost-populated world with the aid of their companions.


The game is developed in the Unreal Engine 4 Game Engine and was originally set to be released in September 27th, 2018 for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One for Japan and September 28th, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms worldwide, but was delayed to 2019 to ensure the final quality of the game.

Trailers: Teaser Trailer - Announcement Trailer - TGS 2017 Trailer - Golden Joystick Awards Trailer - Underworld Trailer - Release Date Announcement Trailer


Code Vein provides examples of:

  • An Adventurer Is You:
    • Experience is used to unlock "Blood Codes" granting access to skills and abilities similar to those of traditional RPG archetypes. There are five weapon types usable as well: One-Handed Swords which are fast and easy to use, Two-Handed Swords that deal more damage but are slower, Polearms that have long reach and good speed, Great Hammers that have very slow but devastating strikes, and Bayonets that can attack with slash attacks at short range and shooting attacks at long range.
    • In addition to these main weapons there are four types of "Blood Veils" which have been revealed, slow but powerful attacks which restore the player's Ichor Points.
      • Ogre, which manifests as a large claw to slash opponents.
      • Stinger, which manifests as a long scorpion like tail to pierce enemies from afar.
      • Hounds, which creates two wolf-like heads to bite into the target.
      • Ivy, which creates spikes from the ground to skewer opponents.
  • After the End: The game takes place some time after a calamity called "The Great Collapse" struck the world. The Thorns of Judgment devastated cities, and it is said that nearly half of mankind died. Giant spikes now litter the terrain as well as deadly miasma which turns the survivors into bloodthirsty Lost.
  • Apocalypse How: Planetary. Human civilization was annihilated when giant black thorns erupted from the Earth, killing millions and leaving the survivors desperately trying to survive.
  • Ass Shove: Succeeding in a backstab on one of the larger enemies will cause the player character effectively give them a colonoscopy, especially if they are using the Ogre blood veil.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: While Revenants are functionally immortal, they do have a weak point in their heart. This is where the BOR parasite resides in their bodies. Should it be killed then the host will turn to ash and never come back. Part of the goal of project Q.U.E.E.N. was to find a way to get rid of this weak point.
  • Back from the Dead: Revenants are artificially created and immortal beings created when a BOR parasite is placed within a dead human to revive them. They can also keep coming back from the dead as long as the BOR parasite in their heart is not destroyed.
  • Badass Cape: The Ogre type blood veil places a small cape over the wearer's shoulder in addition to the armor it places on that arm.
  • Badass Longcoat: The Stinger type blood veil takes the form of a long coat. This is also a case of the trope being taken more literally than usual in that the coat itself is a weapon.
  • Bayonet Ya: Bayonets are rifles equipped with bayonets allowing the user to attack at close range.
  • BFS: Two handed swords can be more than twice the size of the person carrying them.
  • Blood Magic: Revenants can use magic in the form of Gifts that have a variety of effects such as increasing your character's defensive capacity, creating projectiles to hit enemies from a distance, and increasing your character's movement speed from a roll to a dash. Gifts requires certain amount of Ichor Points to use and are most effectively gained by using your Blood Veil to perform a Drain attack on your enemies to drain their blood. A successful Drain attack will regain Ichor Points and a small increase to your maximum Ichor Stock while performing a successful Special Drain will regain and increase even more Ichor Points and Stock as well as dealing a massive amount of damage to the enemy. Certain powerful types of Lost can use Gifts as well.
  • Character Customization: The game has one of the most in-depth character creation and character customization systems in an anime styled game.
  • Coat Cape: The Hounds blood veil is a coat worn over the shoulders. The sleeves are used to attack.
  • Counter Attack: Attacks can not only be blocked but also countered, causing the opponent to stagger leaving them open to attack. But be careful, some enemies and even bosses can return the favor.
  • Creepy Cathedral: The Cathedral of the Sacred Blood, a huge complex with a Gothic cathedral in its center positioned inside a huge chasm.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Played with in an interesting way. Once your HP is reduced to 0, your character won't die immediately, only entering a collapse animation and dying for good a few seconds later. In these few seconds, your Partner can sacrifice some of their HP and give it to you, bringing you back into the fight. You can also do the same for your Partner if they went down, meaning you are not instantly at an disadvantage if your Partner is down. Of course, should your Partner be interrupted in some way like under enemy attacks or down themselves, there is no escaping your death.
  • Dark Fantasy: Implied, considering this universe takes place in a Post-Apocalyptic world, with most of the characters being some form of vampires.
  • Deadly Gas: A poisonous gas called miasma covers the world, and as a result, everyone has to wear gas masks when venturing outside a few select safe zones. This miasma also makes it harder to find the all-important Blood Tears since it kills the plants that they grow on.
  • Fanservice: There are plenty of female characters (and sometimes male) characters with light and revealing clothing and some pretty decent chests on display. Even some of the Lost get in on it. However...
    • Fan Disservice: Some of the Lost look far less appealing. Sometimes bloated and festering behemoths still wear the same revealing outfits.
  • Finishing Move: Successfully parry an enemy attack or perform a successful backstab and you can perform a Special Drain on them, in which you manifest your equipped Blood Veil before striking a devastating blow against your enemy, acquiring more Ichor Points than a standard Drain, increasing the maximum number of Ichor Stock, and simultaneously hitting the enemy with massive damage.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The BOR parasite. BOR standing for Biological Organ Regenerative.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: The Revenant "Blood Veils" and coats invoke this.
  • The Government: After Operation Queenslayer a new provisional government was formed by Gregorio Silva. A lot of Revenants have strong opinions on his almost tyrannical rule.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Both Jack and Eva have prominent scars on their faces. Jack has what looks like extra skin grafted on one side of his face, while Eva has a huge cross shaped scar across her entire face. Both are implied to be somewhat morally dubious.
  • Hellhound: The Successor of the Ribcage certainly gives off the vibe, being some strange wolf-headed mage creature guarding the Cathedral of the Sacred Blood.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Compared to other Soulslike games, this one definitely ups on the fanservice.
  • Identity Amnesia: Among Revenants, losing memories of their past is nothing unusual, and few know of their time prior to becoming Revenants. It is even standard practice to check someone's memories when they resurrect. While most take this in stride, some are dead-set on recovering their memories. The character Coco is unusual in that she has most of her memories intact with only a small handful missing, however that is enough to drive her to try and rediscover them.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: The Revenant outfits look like they were lifted straight out of an anime. The look is also affected by what Blood Veil the player has equipped; Type Ogre adds a cape and armor to the arm which turns into a massive claw, Stinger lengthens the coat and manifests as a bladed scorpion-like tail, Hounds adds long sleeves which turn into two wolf shaped heads, and Ivy a scarf that changes into spikes.
  • Monster Knight: The Queen's Knight, a humanoid Lost wielding a giant, spear-like sword and shield.
  • Multiple Endings: Its been stated that the choices made during companion quest lines will have different effects on the ending.
  • Nekomata: The Successor of the Claw is a cat-headed humanoid that uses fire based attacks and possess distinctive two tails which are made up of flame.
  • Nintendo Hard: Being inspired by Dark Souls, Code Vein will be very challenging, with no way to adjust the difficulty. The developers have stated that they do not want the game to be so hard that the player gives up, however. This is accomplished by companions doing their best to aid the player in combat, as well as weapons and abilities being changeable on the fly, so that you can adapt and will never run into a challenge that cannot be overcome.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampires in this game are called Revenants and are not created by being bitten, but artificially created by placing a BOR parasite in the body of a dead human to revive them. They are immortal and are not weakened by sunlight or crosses, but a direct hit to the heart will kill them off for good. If a Revenant's thirst for blood exceeds its threshold, they will be reduced to a Lost, a mindless bloodthirsty monster with no shred of humanity left.
  • Parasite Zombie: Sort of. The Revenants all carry a parasite called BOR inside their hearts that allows them to constantly regenerate despite the parasite technically making them walking dead. The parasite however needs to be constantly fed or else it will start to erode both their body and mind, causing them to become Lost which are a more straight example of the trope.
  • Post Apocalyptic Gasmask: Gas masks form a core the game's aesthetic. Narratively, the reason for this is due to the miasma. Revenants who inhale the miasma are hit with a violent thirst for blood and are in danger of becoming Lost.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As you'd expect in a game about vampires.
  • Relationship Values: One of the main differences between Code Vein and other Souls-style games is the inclusion of companion characters who join the player on their journey, with the relationship between them and the player character being given a lot of focus.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Revenants will simply revive a while later if they are killed. The real danger however is becoming a Lost, from which there is no coming back.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: The Ivy type blood veil appears as a long scarf hanging down around the back of the wearer's neck. When used the scarf extends to dig beneath the earth, bursting from beneath the ground to skewer enemies.
  • Slave Race: Normal humans are rare and are kept as slaves in protective bunkers due to their valuable blood.
  • State Sec: Cerberus, "The Public Order Preservation Force", is a force formed by the new government and led by Silva. It is comprised mostly of Revenants that survived during Operation Queenslayer.
  • Tainted Veins: The veins of any Revenant that loses themselves to bloodlust will start to become discolored and clearly visible, starting near the heart and spreading across the rest of the body.
  • Undead Child: All Revenants are undead and some of them, most notably Nicola, are children.
  • Was Once a Man: The numerous monsters throughout the world are all Revenants who have succumbed to their bloodlust.
  • World of Buxom: In this world, if a character is female, chances are they are quite bountiful up front.

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