Early Access & Success: V Rising

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3 min readMay 24, 2022


Awaken as a weakened vampire after centuries of slumber. Hunt for blood in nearby settlements to regain your strength while hiding from the scorching sun to survive. (Stunlock Studios)

Genres: Massively multiplayer online game, Shooter Video Game

Platform: Microsoft Windows

V Rising is a vampire survival game, which released with early access on May 17th, 2022. Since the early access release, it has sold thousands and had incredible early success. There are already over 500,000 vampires, currently exploring the big open world and hunting for blood.

Explore a vast open-world together with friends or hunt solo as you pillage villages, raid bandit camps, and traverse the territories of supernatural beasts. Rebuild your castle and convert humans into loyal servants in a quest to raise your vampire empire. Make allies online and wage war against other players in a world of conflict.

Will you become the next Dracula?

Source: Artwork of V Rising, Stunlock Studios

Apparently, a lot of people wanted to become the next Dracula. Players are able to rise from their graves, and fully customize their vampire characters to start their journey in a world full of different dangers. You start stripped from your unholy powers and starving for blood, and in order to survive in this world, you must hunt to regain your strength. And of course, fight for it.

However, there is one thing you need to be aware of as a vampire, and avoid it as much as you can. Of course, it is daylight. You will need to lurk in the shadows in the daytime to find your way around the world. As a vampire, you will feel the need to sate your thirst, and for this, you will have to plan around the day and nighttime.

Source: Screen from V Rising, Stunlock Studios

One of the best part and experiences with video games are getting to enjoy them with your friends, and playing together as you explore different worlds. V Rising allows co-op, and this way the players get to pillage villages, hunt on their victims and explore the world of darkness together. You even get to pick which style of combat you prefer in the game!

Tailor your vampire to fit your play style by combining weapons with a variety of spells earned through vanquishing powerful foes. Raid other players’ castles or become a diplomat in the game of blood, power, and betrayal. Compete or cooperate — the choice is yours. (Stunlock Studios)

Source: Screenshot from V Rising, Stunlock Studios

Have you ever wanted your own castle? In V Rising, the newly awakened vampires are able to construct their own castles, and decorate them in a fitting gothic style. By luring your victims into the dark halls of your gothic castle, you will be able to change them, and convert them to serve you once they become undead minions. You have the option to either send them away to gather sources for you, for keep them around your castle for them to defend your home. If you are looking for a fun experience with vampirism, this game is the one for you.

If you’re interested to learn more about the game, make sure to check out the Stunlock Blog, and keep up to date with the world of Vardoran!

Source: Artwork of V Rising, Stunlock Studios

Let me know in the comments which vampire games you have played, and what you think about V Rising too. I hope to see you soon with more news and thoughts on video games, and wish you all short loading screens!

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