Nighthawks The Vampire RPG Meets Kickstarter Goals
Fans of Vampire: The Masquerade should be looking forward to 2020. A title heavily inspired by the franchise, Nighthawks—The Vampire RPG, has met its funding goals on Kickstarter.
Developed by Wadjet Eye Games, the text-heavy game set a crowdfunding goal of $125,000. Almost 4,000 backers helped pledge $136,128 by the time the campaign ended. The Kickstarter does not list any stretch goals, but 11 grand extra should provide some extra content.
Here’s a summary of the game from the developers:
“Nighthawks is a mix of story-driven RPG and undead life-simulation, where every decision you make is another move in your chess game against the world. Invest your time into learning new skills or honing your fighting style as you uncover the city’s mysteries and venture deep into its darkest secrets. Gather fellow outcasts to your side, binding them with favours and choosing when to cash in. Manage your eternal thirst, legitimately, or balancing the risks of being caught stalking unwary victims and working the black markets.”
That summary doesn’t mention vampires, but obviously they’re in there. They’ll even have some “secret powers,” just like all good vampires. The developers also cite Baldur’s Gate 2, Yakuza, and Fallout as sources of inspiration. Those are among the best RPGs to draw from, which makes Nighthawks an extremely intriguing game to look forward to.
The game’s primary inspiration, Vampire: The Masquerade, has a success story like few franchises. It started out as a tabletop game in 1991, then shifted to the digital world. Redemption and Bloodlines released in 2000, and 2004, respectively, to critical acclaim. Players then waited for more than a decade for a followup. Last year, a mobile title, Vampire: The Masquerade—We Eat Blood And All Our Friends Are Dead, also received positive reviews. The early feedback and fan enthusiasm for this project shows that love for the series may never die down.
According to the Kickstarter, Nighthawks—The Vampire RPG is slated for a May 2020 release. That’s a long time to wait, but thankfully a demo is available to download now. To tide you over, try the Killing Floor 2 map inspired by the “Club Confession” level from Bloodlines.
Does the year and a half wait seem reasonable? Are you hoping for more Vampire: The Masquerade games? Let us know your thoughts on Nighthawks in the comment below. For more gaming news and updates, be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter and Facebook!
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).