These wishing to return to the World of Darkness are going to have to take a seat tight for some time longer, sadly. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was first introduced again in 2019, however in keeping with a message from writer Paradox Interactive, the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 cult basic will not be hitting cabinets any time quickly.
The journey has not at all times been a clean one for these eagerly awaiting Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. The unique recreation was critically well-received however bought poorly, proving the ultimate nail within the coffin for builders Troika Video games. After Troika shut down in 2005, tabletop writer White Wolf, homeowners of the World of Darkness rights, was acquired by EVE On-line builders CCP Video games, and work quickly started on an ill-fated Vampire: The Masquerade MMO. When White Wolf was picked up by Paradox Interactive in 2015, issues have been trying up for the franchise, and inside just a few years the corporate introduced that improvement on Bloodlines 2 had begun.
It wasn’t all clean crusing from there, nonetheless. Initially set to launch in Q1 of 2020, Bloodlines 2 suffered delay after delay, getting bumped to late 2020, then into 2021. This newest announcement from Paradox incorporates an identical message, although with an added wrinkle: the sport will now now not be launched in 2021 in any respect, as a result of Paradox have determined to half methods with builders Hardsuit Labs.
The information was first introduced in Paradox Interactive’s year-end monetary report, the place CEO Ebba Ljungerud wrote that Hardsuit would now not be main improvement on Bloodlines 2 and that the corporate “[has] began a collaboration with a brand new studio associate to complete work on the sport.” A follow-up message on the sport’s web site and on Twitter provides a bit of additional element, together with that they’d be halting preorders in the interim whereas they work out a brand new launch window for the title. The corporate made certain to thank Hardsuit for his or her work on the sport to date, praising the “large job” it had completed, so it at the least appears there’s little dangerous blood between the businesses.
Delays have not been the one issues afflicting the event of Bloodlines 2, although. Final summer season, the sport made headlines after firing its artistic director and narrative lead, sparking considerations over the way forward for the sport and notably how the departure of two such vital figures so comparatively late within the improvement cycle would have an effect on the state of the sport, referred to as it’s for its intricate and sophisticated narrative.
Little question the fallout of a complete improvement studio stepping out of the image shall be vital, so it actually is sensible that Paradox are unwilling to make a guess at a brand new launch window till the mud has settled. Followers will likely be disenchanted on the latest developments on this specific saga, however hopefully the group are abiding by the previous quote from Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto: “A delayed recreation is finally good, a foul recreation is dangerous perpetually.”
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is at present in improvement for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Collection X/S.
Supply: Paradox Interactive