After deciding to ditch the original character design for their game's protagonist, Neocore Games have put it to the community to decide which of the Van Helsing clan should lead the fight against all manner of beasties in the upcoming hack-n-slash, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
The choice is between the well-spoken Chevalier, the tough-talking Veteran or the mask-wearing Mysterious Stranger. Check out the following 'casting session' video to get a closer look at each option and cast your vote at the game's dev blog here
The reason for the decision to switch up the original protagonist, who can be seen in this teaser trailer
, is because the game's developers felt like he may have seemed too young and inexperienced to take on the hordes of monsters in the fictional land of Borgovia, as they detailed in a recent blog post.The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an action-RPG set in a universe that closely resembles a 19th-century Eastern Europe where monsters, magic and weird technology is real. The game is focusing on the trials of Van Helsing, son of the legendary monster hunter who teams up with his father’s former enemies to save the land of Borgovia.
Being the son of the legendary hunter, we always knew that our hero couldn’t be an old, grey-haired veteran, but as soon as we saw our young Van Helsing in action, he still struck us as a bit too young and inexperienced for the grand adventure we had in mind. Meanwhile, the feedback from our excellent community increased our doubts. Here, at NeocoreGames we value our fans tremendously, so we wanted to keep everything they liked and change what they didn’t: the hero of the story.
It is always difficult to let someone go, but after long, restless nights we decided that Van Helsing Junior has to be replaced. We wish this young man plenty of success for his future career as a hunter, but we need someone tougher, a more experienced member of the Van Helsing family, a real expert on monsters. Someone who can definitely save the world – again.
So we have begun our search for the real Van Helsing, this time with the help of our fans. We want to include our friends in the decision-making process, so each member of the community will be able to pick his or her favorite character concept by vote.The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
is due on XBLA towards the end of this year.