Look beyond the videogamey over-punctuation in the title, and Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood looks mighty interesting. Based on the Werewolf: The Apocalypse pen-and-paper roleplaying system, this is a game where you’re playing the werewolf, and your job is to save the planet from the ravenous, forest-pillaging vampires.
It’s an odd amalgam of different decades: There’s the eco-terrorism that was a major theme in the ’90s, a screamo ballad plucked from the early oughts, and then the vampires-versus-werewolves motif that’s kept burning this decade. What with Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 set to launch next year, Earthblood might be the ideal werewolf counterpunch to help keep things balanced.
Earthblood isn’t coy about anything it’s saying, and that’s in keeping with the tone of the source material. In that, werewolves are reclusive and family oriented, opting to avoid humans unless pushed into action. The different werewolf tribes, however, have different philosophies about how to handle threats to their ecosystem, and those range from a clan of militant feminists to one that’s primarily focused on class struggle.