500,000 vampires have already sunk their fangs into survival game V Rising

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If you haven’t pointed your eyes at the Steam stats lately, a new early access survival game has been climbing them like a rat up a drainpipe. And who’s turning that rat into a gooey health-restoring vermin salve? Vampires. That’s who.

Vampire survival game V Rising is officially a hit. According to developer Stunlock Studios (you might know them from 2017’s Battlerite), a whopping 500,000 players have already sunk their fangs into the V Rising, which is amazing because it only just launched on Steam this past Tuesday. It definitely ticks a lot of popular boxes, with a big open world, survival systems, base-building and crafting, plus PvP and PvE as well as co-op and solo play.

When I looked about an hour ago V Rising also showed around 95,000 concurrent players on Steam, which has now risen (like the undead) to just over 100,000. And I expect it’ll continue to draw (like blood) more players over the weekend. 

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Some of us here at PC Gamer have been playing it, too. Fraser wrote that despite some easy comparisons, V Rising is more than just Valheim with vampires. And, quite fittingly for a vampire game, it kept him up all night playing.

Jody is also a vampire, though he doesn’t really feel like one due to V Rising’s rather heavy focus on resource gathering. I sorta agree—when I think of vampires in pop-culture, they’re typically not spending hours smashing ore boulders with a huge mace so they can smelt a few copper bars. But I’m still having a good time slowly growing in power, transforming into a wolf, sucking blood out of local bandits, and trying not to let the sun burn me to a crisp during daylight hours.

If you’re thinking of getting started, we’ve got a few guides for beginners, like how V Rising’s blood essence works, plus how to craft leather, where to get stone bricks, and how to find whetstones. Good hunting, you bloodsuckers. 

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