Unveiled at the 2023 June Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, Vampire: The Masquerade saga continues, this time with a new VR spin-off called Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice. Announced by developer Fast Travel Games, this is a first-person RPG set in Masquerade's world of darkness. And it looks like another blood-thirsty title for us to explore, this time through the eyes of a vampire in VR. We're already intrigued by the concept, and if so are you, read on because we have gathered everything there is to know about the new highly anticipated VR title.
What Is Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice?
Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice is a single-player, narrative-driven horror RPG based in the Masquerade universe. However, it is set in Venice, Italy, specifically. Of course, you play as a vampire striking from the shadows, but with a twist. This time around, you'll not only be drinking the blood of mortals but other vampires too.
“Justice allows players to experience the tantalizing world of Vampire: The Masquerade like never before, thanks to the power of virtual reality. Get ready to get up close and personal with allies, enemies, and of course, prey, all in stunning VR,” said Erik Odeldahl, Creative Director and co-founder of Fast Travel Games. “There is no shortage of mysterious Kindred to meet, exotic locales to traverse, or foes to splatter on the architecture.”
To give some insight into the backstory, in Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice, you play as the vampire known as Justice, from the Banu Haqim clan. “Fiercely devoted to upholding their moral code, the Banu Haqim are known for enforcing laws, handling threats, and punishing transgressors.”
The main story takes off “After your sire is mysteriously murdered and a relic is stolen, you travel to Venice, Italy, home of the death-worshiping Hecata vampires, in search of answers.” Ultimately, being a part of the Banu Haqim clan, you must, “Use your vampiric Disciplines to hunt and remain hidden from society’s gaze while you work to track down the culprits.”
So, it would appear it falls onto our shoulders to uncover their evil secrets and take them down. Nonetheless, it gives us insight into why we are hunting and drinking the blood of our kind; it's actually for a good cause. Although that's all we can gather about the plot so far, we do know the game's main narrative will also include several side missions and unique dialogue options. Giving the player some control, but ultimately following the story of the vampire, Justice.
In terms of gameplay, it appears there will be a few things in Justice's vampire bag of tricks to aid him in this retribution story. Firstly, the Cloak of Shadows will allow you to hide in plain sight. In a more gruesome vein, you can also “boil the insides of your victims with Cauldron of Blood, or place a Shadow Trap to drag them into Oblivion”. On top of that, “Players can also use the crossbow attached to their arms for combat and solving puzzles.” Lastly, of course, you'll need to “Drink the blood of mortals and other vampires to keep your Hunger at bay.”
Furthermore, you'll be able to upgrade stealth, combat, and stamina skill trees as you progress toward becoming an Apex Predator. “You start off as a strong vampire but can grow even more powerful by upgrading and purchasing new disciplines in skill trees for stealth, combat, and high-speed traversal.” With that in mind, we suspect that by leveling these skill trees we'll gain new vampire-like abilities to expand the gameplay. However, that's merely speculation.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice is being developed by Fast Travel Games. A game development studio whose sole focus is on VR games. They've already had their hand in a number of VR titles, including Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife, the most recent VR spin-off from Masquerades' world of darkness. Although reviews about that spin-off were mixed, we feel we're in competent hands with Fast Travel Games at the helm of Justice's development. As it appears they have there eyes set for a more ambitious title this time around.
What's more, we do have a development timeline thanks to the game page. In late summer/early fall, we'll be getting a gameplay reveal. Following that, a better look at Venice in September. Then deeper insight into Justice and the characters & clans in October. Finally, the game's proposed release date of late 2023.
Shown at the 2023 June Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice was unveiled by a reveal trailer. In it, we see our protagonist leaping from Venice's rooftops, climbing walls, and stalking prey. Furthermore, we get a better look at the setting of Venice, Italy, which appears to be a sinister atmosphere full of shadows and narrow corridors. Either way, it looks like a fun playground for a vampire.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
As of now, Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice has a proposed release window for late 2023. The best part, however, is that it will launch on the Quest 2 & 3, as well as the PS VR2. Fortunately, not limiting the game to one VR headset.
In terms of editions, typically with VR games, we don't see more than the main standard edition offered. With that said, we don't know of any alternate editions of the game just yet. Nonetheless, stay tuned to Gaming.net as we'll be covering all the latest developments on Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice when it sheds. Until then, try to tie yourself over with these other VR titles.