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Role Call

The year is 1918. The place is London, crippled by a Spanish flu epidemic. However, the real epidemic lurks in the shadows: vampires. This is the setting for Vampyr, an action-role-playing game from Dontnod Entertainment, creators of 2015’s Life Is Strange – and just one title in a large and diverse lineup from Focus Home Interactive.

Set for release in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Vampyr puts players in the role of a doctor who must come to grips with having recently been turned into one of the undead. What he chooses to do with his new powers—and new hunger—is up to the player, in a tale full of moral dilemmas and ethical ambiguity. With plenty of choices between good or evil, and healer or hunter, the game offers dramatically different choices and outcomes based on the player’s actions.

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Vampyr is just one of the RPGs in Focus Home’s impressive repertoire. Also on deck is The Surge, an action-RPG from Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 Interactive. The Surge is set in a dystopian future, where humanity is crammed into overpopulated, disease-ridden cities. Packing in visceral combat with makeshift weapons, The Surge hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2017.

Also arriving in 2017 is Call of Cthulhu, the official video game adaptation of the pen-and-paper game of the same name. Developed for PS4, Xbox One, and PC by Cyanide Studio, the RPG features psychological horror and stealth mechanics, as well as a healthy dose of detective work—all based on the works of legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft.

In addition, Focus is showing off two games based on the Warhammer universe. Arriving on PC in November, Mordheim: City of the Damned is a tactical fantasy RPG with deep customization and competitive multiplayer—as well as real consequences for missteps, as defeated units are lost forever. This year also boasts the console and PC release of Space Hulk: Deathwing, a tactical first-person shooter featuring RPG-like upgrade mechanics, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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Two other games round out Focus Home’s RPG slate: The Technomancer, a science fiction RPG set on Mars arrives later this month for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And Japanese action-RPG Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom debuts later this year, on platforms still to be announced.

RPGs are not all Focus is showing off at E3 2016. The company’s diverse lineup also features Styx: Shards of Darkness, the sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows. The stealth-focused game continues the story of its titular goblin assassin in a larger, more detailed world, and arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this year.

Also on display is Insurgency: Sandstorm, a completely rebuilt version of the cult-classic that started life as a Half-Life 2 mod. The intensely tactical and realistic shooter arrives on consoles and PC in 2017.

Finally, Focus Home is also offering something for fans of serious simulations in the form of Farming Simulator 17, developed by series creators Giants Software. Packed with new features, the game is set for a simultaneous release on PC and consoles in late 2016. From vampire doctor to goblin assassin, from fighter to farmer, Focus Home Interactive’s E3 2016 showing offers a role for every taste.

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