Stunlock Studios’ upcoming Vampire Survival Game explores bleeding-edge visuals and dark atmosphere

New concept art and vampire design details revealed in Interview with Art Director Johan Wahlbäck

Skövde, Sweden – 23rd June, 2021 – Stunlock Studios today have published a Dev Update interview with Art Director Johan Wahlbäck for their open-world vampire survival game, V Rising, coming to PC on Steam with the Beta planned later this year. While the Beta version is coming soon, excited fans have wasted no time sending in questions to gain greater insight into the dark and wonderful world of V Rising. This Dev Update is full of information regarding the atmosphere of the game, the design of characters, the gothic themes across the game’s architecture and the violent contrast between humanity and the bloodthirsty vampires. The art director warns that bloodshed is a key part of the vampire’s visuals, but it is contrasted with their darkness and beauty.

V Rising subverts expectations of the survival genre by making the player the evil monster that threatens the local human population. Your goal as the vampire is to harvest the humans and satisfy your hunger, but even as the predator, you will have your own obstacles to face in order to survive. Art Director Johan explains the flow of gameplay and how it interacts with  character design:

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and in V Rising, you become the ultimate terror. We want you to feel powerful, but we also want to turn the tables from time to time to amplify the survival aspect of the game. The humans arm up for war, and your first encounter with a vampire hunter might end up with you doing your best to flee. Suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted. When we designed the vampire, we had a couple of key points to achieve.” 

Be sure to check out the full Art & Mood Dev Update here

Sharpen your fangs and get ready to rule the twilight as V Rising enters Beta in 2021. Sign up for the V Rising Beta and Newsletter here:

V Rising – revealed features

  • SURVIVE AS A VAMPIRE. Play as a newly-awakened vampire, stripped from your dark powers. Feed on blood and evade the scorching sun to survive. 
  • RAISE YOUR CASTLE. Become lord of your castle as you build and personalize your domain. Fortify and strengthen your base to combat the rising threat from other players.
  • CONVERT THE HUMANS. Prey on your victims from the shadows or seduce them to be your vampire servants to assist in your nefarious deeds, laboring at your crafting stations.
  • EXPLORE AN OPEN-WORLD. Embark on a blood-soaked journey in a vast open-world inhabited by other players, hostile humans, and supernatural creatures.
  • PLAY SOLO OR CO-OP. Play solo or create a clan with friends as you roam the night. 
  • RISE IN POWER. Expand your castle, learn unholy abilities, and forge an arsenal of mighty weapons and armor as you rise in power and conquer the realm. 

About Stunlock Studios

Founded in 2010, Stunlock Studios is one of the leading Swedish independent game developers located in Skövde. With a passion for competitive gaming, the studio crafts groundbreaking and community driven games, always with their players in mind. Previously released titles include Battlerite, Bloodline Champions, and Dead Island: Epidemic. For more information, visit:


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Johan Ilves
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