Only four months after The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing's release, Neocore games is already showing off its successor. Why so soon? Orsolya Tóth of Neocore told me that Van Helsing was a trilogy from the start. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II continues the story of the first game with the same tried-and-true Action RPG gameplay, allowing players to directly import their characters from the first game. Alternatively, players will be able create a new character, choosing from three different classes. Van Helsing II features three playable classes, where the original had one. Added to the roster is the Thaumaturge, a mage who rains down death in the form of fireballs and lightning strikes, and the Arcane Mechanic, who wields a flamethrower and grenades, and can command a legion of mechanized spiders. New and imported heroes alike start at level 30 and work towards the new level cap of 60.
Tóth emphasized that Neocore is working directly with Valve to improve multiplayer performance for Van Helsing II, a complaint many players leveled at the first game. Additionally, Neocore is expanding on the tower defense sections, breaking them out into a lengthy set of sidequests, and not a few diversions from the main story. Aside from that though, Van Helsing II keeps the same engine, same addicting gameplay, and the same witty pop culture references that made the Van Helsing series a surprise indie hit.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II will release for PC sometime next year.
Neocore also showed off Deathtrap, a free-to-play standalone version of the tower defense missions from The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. The business model and release plans have not yet been decided, but I had a good amount of fun with my short demo. Think Orcs Must Die! mixed with Diabloor Torchlight.