Vampire survival game V Rising is now available

Swedish developer Stunlock Studios was the team behind the arena fighter Battlerite, and they brought some of that style of action to V Rising, creating a rare combination – a survival game with combat that isn’t bad. Do you know what’s boring? Vampires, with blood drinkers and all. V Rising is a multiplayer survival game where you’re a wannabe Count Dracula, chopping down trees and building a castle when you’re not avoiding daylight and hunting peasants.

V Rising had its early access release today and took off like a frog in a sock. It peaked at 46,593 concurrent players and is now the number 12 game on Steam. User reviews are very positive, with praise for technical combat, PvP, tough boss fights, and dynamic enemies that sometimes turn on each other. My favorite user opinion it simply sums it up as: “Valheim if Valheim were a goth girl”.

“The day has finally arrived, our vampires have been revealed by moonlight and it’s up to players to uncover their secrets,” said Johan Ilves, Director of Marketing at Stunlock Studios. “With a lot of blood, sweat and tears (but mostly blood), we’ve laid the foundation for a truly unique vampire gaming experience. This Early Access campaign will allow us to tweak V Rising and take the final steps in creating a genre-defining gem. .”

The goal is for V Rising to come out of Early Access “within 12 months”, with the final version having basically everything including enemies, biomes, crafting recipes, weapons, and so on. Hopefully it will also receive controller support along the way and become playable on the Steam Deck, which seems like a natural fit. V Rising is available at Steam.

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