Update: Despite being officially revealed on the correct date of April 20, 2017, it took almost another two weeks for Bandai Namco's Code Vein to get a proper announcement trailer. Expected by many to be a more traditional anime take on the Dark Souls franchise, past assumtions ring evermore true through the provided footage.
Given the desolate look of the world, we can imagine this to be a health mix of Dark Souls meets Darksiders until we know more. Action certain seems to take place in real-time with the careful dodging of enemy moves being the key to success.
Original Story: Cast your mind back to exactly one week ago and you'll likely recall Bandai Namco teasing a game with the hashtag #PrepareToDine and a lovely - if not haunting - teaser trailer.
With the fluid animation, they announced April 20 as the day all would be revealed. Details managed to slip out a few days early, but today is still the day things become official. Code Vein is the name of the game, and it's not the surprise Dark Souls title people were expecting.
Code Vein comes from the folks behind the God Eater franchise. One that's likely seen far greater success back in Japan than it has in the West. With the older franchise more commonly resembling Capcom's own Monster Hunter or Koei Tecmo's Toukiden we're to expect the combat of Code Vein to have more in common with the faster pacing of the 'hunter' formula that the 'souls' style.
Though an early snipped of the Weekly Famitsu magazine, Gematsu lifted the lid on Code Vein prior to its official reveal. Taking place at a time where the 'Thorns of Judgement' have pierced the Earth's crust, it's enough reason to believe all isn't quite so well in the world. Vein itself is a confined society were 'Revenants' stuggle to survive and must feast on blood to sustain their newfound powers. The aim? To become a member of this society and work with them to uncover the truth behind their existance and the dying world.
With Revenents who're unsuccesful in their hunt for blood turning into ravaging beings know as the 'Lost', you'll likely be cutting these up with a variety of weapons. If you're looking to learn more, your best bet is to check out the Famitsu info dump ahead of the official trailer.
Code Vein is scheduled to release next year. Though it's running on Unreal Engine 4, and specific platforms have yet to be confirmed. We'll update with the trailer as soon as it appears. Kotaku have a lot of interested screenshots, too.