Dark Souls publisher Bandai Namco is developing its own a grim-looking third-person action RPG, a console release called Code Vein.

Due in 2018, Code Vein promises a mysterious and massive interconnected world, filled with vicious enemies and monstrous bosses.

Players will use devices called Blood Veils to drain the blood of their enemies in order to enhance their own abilities. Blood also allows players to shapeshift to alter their playstyles.

Here's the setup:

In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world, as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment.

At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.

"Code Vein provides a fresh anime aesthetic and blood-curdling gameplay twists to the popular 3rd-person action RPG genre,” said Bandai Namco VP Eric Hartness.

Bandai Namco unveils Code Vein, an action RPG about draining blood