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Mike Salbato
First Look at Square Enix's Bloodmasque
Hunt vampires as... yourself?
06.19.13 - 11:36 PM

A random surprise at the start of E3 was Square Enix's announcement of Bloodmasque for iOS. The game was only on display in video form, so it was easy to miss, but it's a vampire-hunting action RPG that has the potential to be a fun-slash-violent time.

Set in 19th-century Paris, Bloodmasque puts you in the role of a hunter, tasked with defeating the vampires that stalk the helpless citizens. There's not much else known yet in terms of story, but what we do know about is the interesting character customization. When you create your hunter, there's the usual mix of different hairstyles, skin tones, and more. But what sets Bloodmasque apart is that you can use your iOS device's camera to take a photo of yourself to use as your character's face. Moreover, you can take multiple photos to represent different expressions, instead of having a single static image at all times. I can already tell some of you are planning on ways to misuse this feature, and to that, I salute your future creativity.

Gameplay and combat is a bit of a mystery at this point. You can see both in the trailer, though without a bevy of virtual buttons and a simple UI, we're left wondering how the game plays. Will the manic slashing be something akin to Epic's Infinity Blade series? We'll see. For now, take a look at our new gallery and the debut trailer below to see some of the frighteningly creative monster designs:

Bloodmasque releases sometime this summer for iOS and will support iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, though we don't yet know what the minimum requirements will be.


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