We first heard about Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood in early 2017. At that time, there were already several companies involved in the game’s development. Cyanide, known for the Styx games, was the primary developer while publishing was being handled by Focus Home Interactive. In addition, Paradox Interactive was also involved in the process because they own White Wolf, the tabletop developer that created the World of Darkness universe that Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is a part of.
That being said, little has been heard about the game since its initial announcement until today. We have now learned that the this Werewolf: The Apocalypse game will be launching in 2020 and that British publisher Bigben Interactive will now be jumping in as well as a publisher and distributor for the game. Bigben Interactive’s CEO Alain Felc seems pretty excited to jump on as a publishing and distrobution partner for Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood:
“We are thrilled to have reached this agreement which considers, in an equitable way, the different parties’ investments. This will allow Cyanide to keep the ball rolling on the game’s development and to give its numerous fans a really unique experience, in a universe that gamers are very fond of.“
This partnership makes a lot of sense for Bigben Interactive as they acquired developer Cyanide earlier this year. Cyanide has apparently already put two years of work into the project, so it would have been disappointing if they had to abandon it due to the acquisition.
Meanwhile, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is supposedly just first in a string of new games based on White Wolf’s IP, as Paradox Interactive has previously confirmed that several titles based on them are coming. Paradox Interactive’s VP of Business Development White Wolf Interim Manager Shams Jorjani reaffirmed this in a comment about this upcoming game while also highlighting why Bigben Interactive was a good partner:
“The intense action and desperate supernatural danger of Werewolf is a perfect fit for Bigben. And this is happening at the best time, because of our renewed focus on brand management and licensing. This allows us to give our partners exactly what they need to develop amazing customer experiences in their licensed products.
Video games always have been a key pillar to White Wolf’s brand strategy: they’re an incredibly powerful medium for great World of Darkness stories! So, we are looking forward very much to this partnership, and to many others, in the months and years ahead.”
As for the game itself, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is poised to be an action RPG that follows a banished werewolf named Cahal. The game sees players taking part in a war against Pentex, a malevolent corporation that’s destroying the planet. Gameplay has not been shown yet, but DualShockers will be sure to let you know when Bigben Interactive decides to finally show the game off.
For now, all we know is that through the combined efforts of Cyanide, Focus Home Interactive, Paradox Interactive, White Wolf Publishing, and Bigben Interactive, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood will be arriving for PC and consoles sometime in 2020.