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Sink your teeth into upcoming tabletop RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5E

Bad moon rising.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th Edition is tearing out onto the tabletop in 2021.

A combined effort from Hunters Entertainment (Kids on Bikes, Icarus and Altered Carbon) and Paradox Interactive (Vampire: The Masquerade), the original Werewolf: the Apocalypse tabletop RPG was released in 1992.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th edition takes place in the supernatural World of Darkness setting - which has seen multiple iterations since its first inclusion as part of Vampire: The Masquerade in 1991.

Thematically, the setting veers towards a goth-punk dystopia and gritty realism. In it, werewolves, monsters and vampires all live among us.

You’ll play Garou: werewolves pretending to be humans, who are part of both the material and the spirit world. Sworn protectors of the earth, you can shapeshift at will.

In Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th Edition, the world is dying, and the Garou are split on how to save it. Like the vampires in Vampire: The Masquerade, every Garou tribe has different ideologies and goals - so infighting is as much an issue as hostile external forces.

"Werewolf is about how we help or hinder each other to survive against great odds," said Ivan Van Norman, partner and producer of Hunters Entertainment, in a recent press release. "This game was the first campaign I ever GM’ed, and I believe its stories are more relevant and impactful now than they’ve ever been - which is why we're excited to bring it back to fans old and new."

Mechanically, the upcoming tabletop RPG is set to share a lot of similarities with the recent release of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition - but allegedly will have many elements that make it unique.

Meanwhile, Werewolf: The Apocalypse is also getting the video game treatment via development firm Cyanide. An action RPG for PC and console is touted for release late next year. It will be the third attempt at a Werewolf video game overall, as the previous two were cancelled before release back in the 1990s.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th edition will be distributed by Renegade Games (Scott Pilgrim, Clank, Lanterns) and is set to hit stores in 2021.


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Sara Elsam

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Sara has been writing since 2017, contributing news, features and more to outlets including Eurogamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, Variety, The Guardian, BBC and Tabletop Gaming magazine. The team’s resident expert in Dungeons & Dragons, they’re also a fan of all things horror and psychedelia both on and off the table. They are happiest rolling big dice, raising mobs and rocking out with their Bard-Lock.