White Wolf Entertainment announced today that Free League, the award-winning Swedish publishers of speculative fiction, art, and roleplaying games, will provide the visual design for the Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition tabletop roleplaying game.
“Vampire has always pushed the limits of what a roleplaying game can be, and V5 is no different. The rich World of Darkness universe lends itself really well to exploring new takes on art and design, and that's a great opportunity for us when we work on the layout. This will be an RPG book that truly stands out," says Free League CEO Tomas Härenstam.
The ultimate roleplaying game of personal and political horror, Vampire: The Masquerade broke completely new ground with its unique visual design in 1991, introducing the world to its Gothic-Punk aesthetic. White Wolf and Free League intend to carry that tradition forward in the game’s fifth’ edition, now in development.
The Gothic-Punk roots are blended with a bold modern edge, resulting in a look and feel that honors the game’s heritage but creates something entirely new, a Neo Noir aesthetic developed by Art Director Mary “TwistedLamb” Lee and graphic designer Tomas Arfert, inspired by design consultant Anders Davén. The book will use brand new photography as well as never before seen concept art and illustration from Reynir Harðarsons time as Creative Director for the World of Darkness.
"I've been impressed by Free League's approach to form and function ever since I got my hands on their very first book 6 years ago. Tomas’ and Christian Granath’s work is absolutely amazing and I'm very excited to present them with the challenge to craft an edition of Vampire that looks as different from 'normal' RPG's as the very first edition did when it launched the World of Darkness almost 30 years ago," says Martin Ericsson, Lead Storyteller and CD of White Wolf.
V5 Preorders Start 28 April
White Wolf’s distribution partner Mödiphius announced on Monday 23 April that the V5 pre-order period starts midday GMT on Saturday the 28th of April, with shipping starting from August with the first release, the core book, available in stores from September.
Two more V5 books will be released later in the Fall, the Camarilla and the Anarch setting books. V5 will also be available in other languages by the end of the year.
Please visit the pre-order page for more details:
About White Wolf Entertainment
White Wolf is a licensing company focused on creating the best participatory brands in the world. Since its original entry into the roleplaying game market in 1991, White Wolf’s World of Darkness has grown to be one of the most recognized and successful brands in the hobby game space with collective book sales in excess of 10 million copies during this time. White Wolf’s World of Darkness brands, which include Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Orpheus, has been licensed for television series, console and computer video games, interactive events, and a myriad of merchandise and other entertainment products.
Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction in various forms. We have published several award-winning tabletop roleplaying games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.
Our first game, the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015. The sci-fi adventure Coriolis - The Third Horizon, was awarded a Judge's Spotlight Award at Gencon. And we are proud to say that our latest roleplaying game Tales from the Loop RPG based on Simon Stålenhags iconic artbooks made a grand slam at the ENnie Awards 2017, winning five Gold ENnies - including Best Game and Product of the Year.
Our upcoming fantasy RPG is Forbidden Lands, with art by critically acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag and iconic Swedish fantasy artist Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström and game design by the team that created Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis: The Third Horizon and Tales from the Loop RPG. Forbidden Lands was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017 and was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World.
We have also released the critically acclaimed art books Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop by artist Simon Stålenhag. His third book The Electric State has been released by Free League Publishing exclusively to the backers of the kickstarter campaign.