For fans of White Wolf’s classic “World of Darkness” settings, 2020 seems like it’s going to be a banner year for video game adaptations. We’ve already got Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 on our radar, Cyanide Studios is still working on their Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood title, and now we can add a third to the list. Fast Travel Games just announced their newest title, Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife.
Arguably, this one is something of an unusual choice to adapt. Wraith was not one of the better selling World of Darkness titles, with the far better-known Vampire and Werewolf settings garnering a lot more attention, along with Mage: The Awakening and Hunter: The Reckoning. In Wraith, players took on the role of the recently deceased ghosts who found that the afterlife was nothing like what they were taught in literature or catechism. Despite underperforming, White Wolf did expand on the idea of playing as characters moving between the veil separating life and death, first with their ghost-adjacent Orpheus setting, then a “period piece” for Wraith set during WWI appropriately titled Wraith: The Great War, and finally with the Chronicles of Darkness setting Geist: The Sin-Eaters.
Fast Travel Games released a brief teaser trailer for the new title. Details are pretty minimal at this point. The main focus of the game seems to be a place called the Barclay Mansion, a place where you (as the main character) died under unknown but presumably gruesome circumstances which left no living survivors. What separates this game from other World of Darkness titles is that this will be the first VR title ever for the series, and this is probably the first time the Wraith setting has been tapped for a video game. Given previous Fast Travel Games titles, it’s to be expected to be released for all known VR platforms. A gameplay trailer is promised for sometime in August.