Anime-like 'Code Vein' gets demo on Xbox One

What you need to know

  • Code Vein is a Dark Souls-like game about vampires.
  • The title should release on September 27.
  • It was pushed back by a year to polish up the experience.
  • You can preorder it for $50 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

During the Inside Xbox show at E3 2019, it was revealed that Bandai Namco's Code Vein should launch this September. Oddly enough, it was supposed to release in September 2018, before it was pushed back a year. The game is a Bloodborne-like experience which features an anime aesthetic.

If you aren't sure if you want to play the game, the publisher just released a Trial Edition on the Microsoft Store. You can download it here (opens in new tab). It lets you play through the beginning of the game and explore the home base. We've played through it on Xbox One X and it looks great. While the resolution is definitely not 4K, it's still clear and smooth.

Create your own character and choose your partner as you venture out into a world of destruction, overrun by the Lost. Use your combined strength to coordinate your approach and defend each other from surprise attacks or overpowered enemies using your Blood Veil and various weapons. Change the feel of the game depending on which partner you choose, each with their own combat style and background story.

Unlike Dark Souls, there seems to be a focus on playing together. You frequently come across other people who join your team. This is a refreshing change because even boss fights don't feel so daunting when you're playing with friends.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.