Publisher of table top roleplaying and live action games, White Wolf, has always had a fairly nebulous connection with video games. The few games that have actually released could be considered cult classics at the very best. Fans of this storied publishers are fervent, though used to disappointment by this point. However, there may be a bit of stability for White Wolf’s occasional digital pursuits as they partner with French games publisher Focus Home Interactive, publishers of the upcoming Vampyr, for a licensed PC and Console game in their World of Darkness universe.
White Wolf has many properties in this wide universe, and this partnership is for the development of a game based on the Werewolf: The Apocalypse ruleset. Cyanide will be the development studio doing all the work for this title, and their past work definitely reminds me of some of White Wolf’s previous video game iterations. It’s hard to look at Call of Cthulhu without being reminded of Troika’s 2004 attempt to adapt another White Wolf property, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, which was mostly good.
“We are pleased to partner with White Wolf to bring Werewolf: The Apocalypse to life in a video game for consoles and PC,” said Cédric Lagarrigue, Focus Home Interactive’s President. “We are excited to work on the World of Darkness universe, as this is a formidable playground to tell the players a great story. We are also happy to partner with Cyanide Studios in this adventure – they are behind the original wish to adapt this universe, and we are faithful in their ability to create a game that will please both fans of World of Darkness and newcomers.”
It is easy to be swept up in excitement about this turn of events, but fans may wish to keep that in check. This will be the third attempt to create a game based of Werewolf, and the loss of the World of Darkness MMO is still a sore spot for many.