A peculiar favorite of fanboys and cosplayers, the BloodRayne franchise has spawned a couple of passable third-person action games and three awful movies. Notwithstanding, the titular character clearly has some appeal and developer WayForward Technologies looks to capitalize on this with its sequel, Bloodrayne: Betrayal. To that end, publisher Majesco Entertainment has released some nice-looking screenshots of this vampire-themed game.

Unlike the previous titles, BloodRayne: Betrayal will be a 2D side-scroller beat ’em up with updated pixel graphics. The game has a very old-school vibe, and will be available via PSN and Xbox Live as a downloadable title for $15.00.

For those not familiar, Rayne is a half-vampire warrior who hunts her vampire brethren in the tradition of Blade and Vampire Hunter D. In Betrayal, the vampire hunting Brimstone Society recruits Rayne to take out a horde of vampires who will be attending a ball at a secluded castle. There are 15 levels spread across four separate acts and the experience will apparently have no shortage of bloody special effects. Some other features being touted:

– Meet new characters along the way including a mysterious shape shifter.
– Feed on enemies and refuel your blood reserves in gruesome new ways including the Blood Fountain.
– Solve environmental puzzles including Blood Seal, Grinder Switch and Rising Blood Tower.
– Punishing combat skills deliver Rayne’s intense brutal fatalities:

  • Infection: Enemy vampires bloat and explode when triggered.
  • Heel Stomp: Instant-kill enemies after laying them out.
  • Drain: Bite and drain your enemy’s blood to restore your health.

– Full arsenal of lethal weapons including Rayne’s signature arm blades and super guns.
– Battle a variety of new enemies and deadly bosses including Flying Parasites, Blood Balloons, Elite Guards and more!

Check out the screenshots below to check out the game’s environments::

Want to see these screenshots in action? The following trailer shows Rayne taking out some of her opponents with her arm blades and feeding on a couple of others:


WayForward Technologies’ take on the BloodRayne franchise certainly looks more promising than past efforts by previous developer, Terminal Reality. While the game was originally scheduled for earlier in the Summer of 2011, the title’s release has been unfortunately pushed back a few weeks. Nonetheless, BloodRayne fans will still be able to get their vampire fix in glorious bloody technicolor before the end of August.

BloodRayne: Betrayal is set to release on PlayStation Network on August 30, 2011, and Xbox Live on August 31, 2011.