The reveal trailer for Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is now out; our premiere peek at the RPG that’s been in production for a while. As you may have gathered, the game takes place in the same universe as Vampires: The Masquerade, aka the World of Darkness. The trailer tries to set the tone and theme of Werewolf, but there are some hiccups, I would say.
Yes, indeed, after a long and troubled production, we finally get to see our first glimpse of Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood. As is the case with any World of Darkness title, it has a severe case of punctuation, but that’s fine. The trailer, which you can see below, serves to set up the general themes of Werewolf: The Apocalypse. It does a good job of it, even if it goes into unintentional comedy, what with the on-the-nose pollution angle and the horrible, early-2000’s butt rock. But, hey, it does make it incredibly entertaining.
If you’re not familiar with the setting, here’s the basic gist: werewolves, and were-creatures in general, are very closely connected to nature. They are the soldiers of Gaia, the nebulous spirit of the Earth, and they fight against the corrupting influence of the Wyrm. That’s basically a short-hand for pollution, deforestation, etc. Interesting how those themes have become very current these days. Anyway, the werewolves see vampires as the servants of the Wyrm, what with them being unnatural, undead creatures. Hence the eternal rivalry between the two.
There’s more to it, of course. There are different clans of werewolves, which all have their own ideas and morality systems and whatnot. This, of course, always leads to friction. On top of all of that, other were-creatures are not very keen on werewolves, since, uh… they can get very overzealous with the eradication of the Wyrm. It’s a complex system, not unlike Vampire has.
So, yeah. In 2020, we’re gonna get both a new Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse game. It’s very strange for me, an old fan of the World of Darkness universe, to see it have such a prominent renaissance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely loving it. I just have no idea how I’ll find the time for everything. I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.