E3 2012 Preview: Neocore Presents The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

On Tuesday, Stephanie and I got to have a demo of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing by self publisher Neocore Games, a real-time action RPG set in a gothic-noir universe where the Van Helsing of legend had a son that takes up the monster hunting family business after his father retires.

The demo started off with the teaser trailer for the game. We find out that this isn’t the Van Helsing of old and that he’s not really killing vampires here. In fact, the vampires that have been his family’s bread and butter for years have called him back to Borgovia to help get rid of even bigger monsters (literally and figuratively). There’s a mad scientist who has set lose his experiments and it’s just a lot for vampires to have to deal with considering the hours they keep. Sometimes you don’t want to have to call in you archnemesis’s son, but them’s the breaks if you don’t want your local blood bank to be overrun by fringe science creations.

This was a fun RPG. From what we  saw and were able to play, it runs pretty much like Diablo III. So, if you liked the controls and screen layout of Diablo III, chances are good that you would enjoy this game and take to it fairly easy. Stephanie had no problems with the controls or handling the character of Van Helsing.

Here are some of the details about the game:

  • Players will have the opportunity to customize their character through a level-up system that let’s them decide which abilities and skills they want
  • Van Helsing will have a  “very remarkable” follower that the player will have the ability to not only use the powers of but can tailor the skills of
  • The ability to build up “Rage” in order to power-up the skills of Van Helsing
  • Be able to learn mystical alchemy and forge powerful items
  • Decorate Van Helsing’s lair with the parts of vanquished foes
  • Monster hunt with up to 4 other players in a coop

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will be released for PC and XBLA. There is no set date yet, but Neocore is aiming for the fourth quarter. There was also no plan for a beta on the game at the time of the demo.

We also got to see the very early stages of their next game, Broken Sea. A tactical RPG, Broken Sea is set in a world of high magic where you put together your own group of fellow adventures and set out to find out why your ancient (and last surviving) order of monks were targeted and wiped out.

They didn’t have much to show other than artwork and a mini-video on textures and lighting, but the artwork looked amazing. Like The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, Broken Sea will be self published by Neocore (which means there’s no set release date on this title either). It was stressed to us that with both titles, Neocore would like to get the finished product as un-buggy as they can and not rush to get the game out by a specific release date. However, if you’d like to know more about either game, you can visit the official website for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing or the DevBlog for Neocore.