Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood cover
Developers
Cyanide Studio
Publishers
Nacon
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows February 4, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 57
OpenCritic 54
IGDB 52
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, RPG, Stealth, Brawler
Art styles Realistic
Themes Supernatural, North America
Series World of Darkness
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood on HowLongToBeat
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood on IGDB
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood on Wikipedia
World of Darkness
Vampire: The Masquerade (series)
World of Darkness Preludes: Vampire and Mage 2017
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest 2020
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood 2021
Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife 2021

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood is a single-player third-person action role-playing game developed by Cyanide Studio and published by Nacon. It is the first 3D game set in the World of Darkness universe since Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines of 2004.

The development of Earthblood began on the day of its announcement in January 2017, with the game originally expected to release in 2020, followed by the reveal of its final release date of February 4, 2021.[1][2] It was launched for Windows as a one year exclusive to Epic Games Store, set to become available on other digital distribution platforms at a later date.[3]

Reviewers criticized the game in part for its dated visuals, while noting its low system requirements and performance demands.[4][5][6][7]

General information

Official Discord server

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Epic Games Launcher
[8]
Windows
Official website
Epic Games Launcher
Champion of Gaia Edition is also available.
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Champion of Gaia Edition is also available.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Pre-orders included the Exiled One DLC.[9]
Champion of Gaia Edition includes the Champion of Gaia Pack DLC.

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Champion of Gaia Pack A wisp battle companion, four furs for the wolf and werewolf forms, three outfits for Cahal, and a unique finishing move.
Windows
Exiled One The Exiled One dark fur for the wolf and werewolf forms, the Ahroun glyph for Cahal's jacket, and the Shadow black jacket color variant.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Remove the intro video files[10]
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\WW\Content\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename the video files in the folder.
A game update is likely to restore the files.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\WW\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\WW\Saved\SaveGames\
Three separate save slots are available in the game.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher

Video[edit]

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Field of view discrepancies compared to 16:9. Spanned HUD and pillarboxed FMVs.
Ultra-widescreen
Field of view discrepancies compared to 16:9. Spanned HUD and pillarboxed FMVs.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the related PCGW community tool for FOV correction and modification.
Windowed
Limited to a specific set of selectable resolutions.[Note 1]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales with the Textures quality setting.[11]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA with multiple quality options.[12]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
[13]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
[14]

Input[edit]

Game settings
Game settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No acceleration option.
Mouse sensitivity
Labeled Camera sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Y and X axes inversion options.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
[15]
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Shared with mouse sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Y and X axes inversion options.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Manually selectable Xbox One controller icons type option.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Sound settings
Sound settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, sound effects, music, voices, interface.
Surround sound
[16]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Inability to exit Key mapping menu[edit]

The game may default to the Z and Q keys to Move forward and Move left, causing the latter to confict with the Enrage to Crinos action and disallowing to exit the menu without reassigning the key.

Set the "Move forward" and "Move left" keys to W and A or any other unused keys.[10]

Unable to enter elevator in Nevada[edit]

Entering a specific elevator in Nevada may not be possible in the wolf form.

Switch to the human form to proceed.[17]
A game update released on February 24, 2021 addressed issues related to elevators at that location.[18]

Missing pre-order items[edit]

The developers addressed the issue of pre-order bonus content missing from the game despite appearing as owned on Epic Games Store, advising to restart the launcher and the game for the changes to apply.[19]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3470
AMD FX-8370
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
AMD Radeon HD 7790
1 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. For example, on a 2560x1080 monitor, the windowed options are 1280x720, 1280x800, 1280x960, 1707x960, 1707x1066, and 1920x1080.[10]
  2. Note the severe increase in the Lupus (wolf) form.

References

  1. Is it OK to punch a Nazi werewolf? - last accessed on 2020-12-13
  2. Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood is delayed until next year - last accessed on 2020-12-13
  3. [1] - last accessed on 2021-01-22
  4. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood technical review — Ruff around the edges - last accessed on 2021-02-05
    "In all likelihood, you can run Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood assuming you obtained your hardware from the past eight years or so. However, that’s primarily because the game’s visuals, textures, and effects are extremely outdated, as though they belong in the previous decade."
  5. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood review - last accessed on 2021-02-05
    "The character models have arrived fashionably late from 2010. The graphics overall, while they do the job perfectly well and suffer from no framerate issues, won't threaten to melt your GPU."
  6. Review: Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood disappointingly mangles a great IP - last accessed on 2021-02-05
    "Even when I try to approach this as an indie, the graphics are weak."
  7. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood Review – Supernatural Eco Terrorism - last accessed on 2021-02-05
    "Dated visuals"
  8. Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood - PC - last accessed on 2021-01-21
  9. [2] - last accessed on 2020-12-16
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-01
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-01
    r.MaxAnisotropy gets set from 0 to 8, as seen in the console.
  12. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-01
    r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing is always set to 2, while r.PostProcessAAQuality goes from 1 to 4 depending on the Anti-aliasing setting, as seen in the console.
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-01
    The game reached over 200 FPS at the gameplay and over 500 at the cutscenes without being set to the lowest graphics options.
  14. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-02
    Enabling HDR in Windows and running the game in fullscreen on an HDR TV set as the only display did not result in visual changes or any relevant options appearing in the game compared to SDR.
  15. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-01
    Navigated through every menu, toggled every option, briefly played the game with an Xbox 360 controller.
  16. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-01
    Tested on a 5.1 sound system. The game made use of the rear speakers for positional audio. Confirmed with Orban Loudness Meter.
  17. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-02-08
    Based on personal experience. Additionally reported by two users on the official Discord server.
  18. [3] - last accessed on 2021-02-25
  19. [4] - last accessed on 2021-02-05