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Upcoming Game Combines Vampires, Werewolves to Make... Vamwolves

posted on by Eric Stimson
Also combines romantic undertone with murder mystery

D3 Publisher, Inc. is developing a game for the PlayStation Vita that combines two classic monsters with seductive appeal: vampires and werewolves. The "vamwolves" of Vamwolf Cross† suck human blood like vampires while possessing the sharp fangs and hunting impulses of wolves. They also have supernaturally powerful strength and leaping ability. And of course, they're all amazingly good-looking.

In this "romance adventure" game, the player takes on the role of a college student whose father runs an apartment building. Everyday life is good, but news soon emerges of a series of bizarre murders in which the victims' bodies have been entirely drained of their blood. When her father becomes a victim, rumors start flying that it's the work of vamwolves. Upon searching her father's possessions, the main character finds a diary and a gun hidden under a false bottom in his desk. The diary reveals that the father, along with the other residents in the apartment, was a vamwolf hunter. It also contains a cryptic line: "Is there a vamwolf in disguise among my friends?"

The main character must now uncover the truth and figure out who killed her father, whether or not one of his friends is a vamwolf, and if so, which one? Along the way, she might find herself falling in love with one of the hunters, but she must be careful—each character has a secret.

Here are the character profiles and artwork:

NAGISA SHINONOME
Voice actor: Tomoaki Maeno
Job: Security guard

"What did you just say? If you have the courage to peer into hell, say that again."

  • Code name: Carnelian
  • Birthday: January 10
  • Age: 22
  • Weapon: gun
  • Height: 177 cm (5'10'')
  • Weight: 71 kg (157 lbs)
  • Hobby: collecting guns
  • Special skill: billiards
  • Favorite food: steak (rare)
  • Favorite animal: tiger
  • Special characteristic: allergic to sunlight
  • Motto: "Time is money."

Nagisa is quiet but short-tempered. He's known for his unconventional behaviors, like smoking while disarming a bomb. He's motivated by a strong sense of justice and can't accept things that don't make sense.

RYUUNOSUKE TOKIWA
Voice actor: Daisuke Kishio
Job: Fortune-teller

"It's definitely gonna rain today. What's more dumb, my fortunes or the weather forecast?"

  • Code name: Jade
  • Birthday: December 3
  • Age: 18
  • Weapon: Japanese sword
  • Height: 172 cm (5'8'')
  • Weight: 56 kg (123 lb)
  • Hobby: visiting art museums
  • Special skill: sketching
  • Favorite food: hamburgers
  • Favorite animal: capybara
  • Special characteristic: distrust of those who rely too much on fortunes
  • Motto: "Put it to memory, not to paper."

Ryuunosuke is self-confident to the point of narcissism. He'll do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He can see into the future, but his fortunes are usually fragmentary instead of being forecast for a particular day. He gets angry if they don't come true.

SHUUICHI AOI
Voice actor: Daisuke Namikawa
Job: Detective

"What, you don't get this? Are you a fool, a retard, or both?"

  • Code name: Azurite
  • Birthday: April 10
  • Age: 24
  • Weapon: fists
  • Height: 185 cm (6'1'')
  • Weight: 68 kg (150 lb)
  • Hobby: hiking
  • Special skill: fire
  • Favorite food: soba noodles with grated yam
  • Favorite animal: peacock
  • Special characteristic: afraid of the dark
  • Motto: "A devil knows one of its own."

Shuuichi tends to speak without thinking. He is very blunt and straightforward. He puts himself first and worries about causing a nuisance to others second. He's basically cheerful, but his mood sours when asked about private things.

YUUYA KINGETSU
Voice actor: Tomokazu Sugita
Job: Doctor

"I actually don't feel like apologizing, but I'll do it anyway. I'm sorry."

  • Code name: Amber
  • Birthday: November 9
  • Age: 27
  • Weapon: wire
  • Height: 172 cm (5'8'')
  • Weight: 56 kg (123 lb)
  • Hobby: people-watching
  • Special skill: riding motorcycles
  • Favorite food: cheese
  • Favorite animal: small dogs
  • Special characteristic: bad at aquatic sports
  • Motto: "What's most dangerous are the wounds you can't see."

Dr. Kingetsu seems like an ideal person. His nurses and patients both love him. He is kind and skilled at everything. He is particularly fond of exercise.

KEIDAI NITOU
Voice actor: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Job: Priest

"I'm drinking too much? I, too, have times when I want to borrow the power of alcohol. Besides, it's not even nighttime yet."

  • Code name: Tanzanite
  • Birthday: June 24
  • Age: 28
  • Weapon: knife
  • Height: 179 cm (5'10'')
  • Weight: 68 kg (150 lb)
  • Hobby: chess
  • Special skill: blind tasting
  • Favorite food: red and spicy food
  • Favorite animal: bat
  • Special characteristic: alcohol
  • Motto: "The Lord is always watching."

Father Nitou mediates among the other characters. He's like a big brother to the protagonist. He's bright and cheerful, but also alcoholic.

PROTAGONIST

  • Code name: Topaz
  • Age: 20
  • Weapon: gun
  • Height: 160 cm (5'3'')
  • Weight: 50 kg (110 lb)
  • Hobbies: shopping, music appreciation
  • Favorite places: amusement parks, cafes

The main character is serious, determined, and unafraid of speaking her mind. She hopes to be a teacher like her mother, who passed away when she was young. She has a caring personality and enjoys helping or consoling those in need. She is careful not to show weakness to others.

Vamwolf Cross† is slated for a 2015 release date. It will cost 5,980 yen (about $50).

[Via Famitsū; Image from Nijimen]


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