(More info) If you are fans of creatures of the night (and day in some context) including vampires and werewolves, you are in for a treat. Although CCP delayed World of Darkness just recently (link), a new Korean developer, Maverick Studios, is teasing an almost-similar themed MMORPG set for release in 2013 as its maiden game.
Successfully contacting the developer, I managed to get my hands on some juicy details from the official press release. As mentioned previously, there will be 4 races to play as, Vampire, Hunter, Witch and Werewolf. When not lashing out at each others throats due to vastly different agendas, they are struggling to prevent the coming apocalypse foretold in the prophecy.
Hunters are humans with special powers to hunt ghosts, demons and vampires. They utilize generations passed down knowledge of the supernatural and modern technology through various combat abilities and special equipment and arsenals. They know all the weaknesses of almost all the supernatural races and have prepared countermeasures. Hunters are especially adept against supernatural beings such as demons and ghosts, making them the silent and unknown protectors of humankind. They also have a special history of hatred and blood with the Vampires throughout history.
Vampires require blood of a living being as sustenance. Because their power may depend on the living being that they drink from, they always seek for “better” blood. They have various powers and can recover fully from drinking blood. Though drinking of human blood was widely practiced in the ancient times, in the 21st century more and more Vampires are drinking animal blood. Though Vampires have had a very violent and bloody past with the Hunters, in the recent years they’ve been targeting Werewolves for territorial control in the wild. Considering their affinity to cities, no one yet knows why the Vampires are trying to expand out to the rural and wild areas.
While Werewolves are usually in human form, they will turn full Werewolf in the heat of combat or when they feel endangered. Werewolves are only comprised of males and due to their pack culture, rank and position is strictly adhered to. They inherently love combat and hunting. Werewolves as a race a fiercely territorial of the wild and some even deter humans from encroaching and destroying it. However, they have a special place in their hatred for Witches, who in ancient times cursed the men hunting them and their male heritage to become Werewolves.
Witches, comprised solely of females, are a special breed of humans adept at ancient magic and incantations. The roots of the Witches reach very far back in history, where their ancestors sacrificed their lives to the spirits for the Contract. Witches are the most adept at magic of all supernatural races. It is through magic that Witches make themselves young and very attractive to seduce men to their will. Some legends even claim that it was the Witches who taught the Vampires to use magic in the ancient times. Witches today harbor the ancient resentment towards the Hunters for the hundreds of years of persecution even today.
It is a world of modern fantasy where supernatural events and beings roam the Earth, from angels to demons, from forgotten myths to urban legends. Players maybe drive into a heavy fog and end up in a town totally possessed by unnatural beings, and this is just a simple example of how creepy things can get.
Also mentioned previously, there will not be any classes in Unveiled. Players are given up to 10 mastery trees to learn skills from, making their own unique characters with a different blend of magic spells and weapon skills. Maverick Studios believe in providing players with the mold, but giving them the freedom to shaping their own characters.
It does not end here! There is also an Evolution system, initiated by an item called Essence. With enough Essences collected from monsters in PvE or other races in PvP, they can be used to unlock another race’s trait skills or used to imbue weapons. Yes, players may learn the trait skills of other races, but Essences do not drop very often, needing luck (an actual character stat) as well!
For PvP, there are currently 3 modes listed. The Race Vs Race mode is the most standard one, which pits all 4 races against each other. In PvP zones, players of the same race are automatically teamed up in the same group. Awesome much? The other 2 modes will be Guild Vs Guild and the smaller Team Vs Team.