Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2: Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, has provided a brief development update on Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, suggesting that the game may be released in 2023. However, there are many questions concerning the game that remain obscure.
Development on Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, the sequel to Troika Games’ cult classic from several years ago, began with an announcement from Paradox Interactive. However, since then, the journey has been incredibly rocky, with a large portion of the game’s original development team leaving and the project is handed off to a new studio.
Paradox, though, has assured fans several times that they are still working on the game, and it appears that this is still the case. Paradox Interactive CEO Wester told Privata Affärer that development is doing well on the game, but the business is leery of making any announcements too far in advance after what happened with the game after its initial presentation.
Wester has stated that a release date for Bloodlines 2 will be announced “reasonably soon,” and that a release in 2023 is not out of the question. However, there is currently no time frame, so fans may want to hold off on their excitement for the moment.
As of now, we don’t know if Bloodlines 2 is worth celebrating for those who enjoyed the first game and the long-running tabletop game. Since the game has been shifted to a different developer and just a small amount of video was made available at the time of its reveal, it is impossible to say whether or not what was shown is representative of the final product. To many, the fact that Paradox hasn’t named the studio behind the game is the biggest mystery.
Since the first Bloodlines game was out in 2004, it’s safe to assume that its players can wait a little longer for a sequel. Even if players would rather the game came out sooner, releasing it in 2024 to commemorate the original’s 20th anniversary is certainly a possibility.
Fans, however, are left wondering if the game can live up to the standards set by the original, beloved vampire RPG. The World of Darkness has just returned to video games, but with uneven quality and fan and critical reception, it is unclear whether Bloodlines 2 will improve or detract from the brand.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Release Date
Bloodlines 2’s March 2020 release date has been moved back to sometime in 2020. It was supposed to be out in the second half of 2021, but it was pushed back. After being originally scheduled for release in 2021, it was pushed back, and its present status is unknown at this time; in fact, we don’t even know which studio is responsible for its creation.
A 2022 release date for Bloodlines 2 would be fantastic, but it doesn’t look promising at the moment. Despite Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester‘s recent tweet claiming “the game is in good hands,” the game will not be playable at this year’s PDXCON in September. So it looks like we won’t learn anything about the game until at least 2023.
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Are There Bloodlines 2 Trailers or Gameplay Footage?
We now travel to Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest, from the City of Lost Angels. The local vampire population has become splintered, with competing groups all striving for control. Your character is smack in the heart of a mass embrace when Bloodlines 2 begins, as a horde of vampires kidnaps and transforms unsuspecting humans into vampires.
Without the approval of the city’s Primogen (clan leader) or Prince, turning even a single human into a vampire is a serious crime (ruler of the city). As a general rule, if a father is caught with his child, both will perish. The Camarilla used to be in charge of maintaining order and punishing those who betrayed the Masquerade by acting otherwise.
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But if things are thus out of control in Bloodlines 2, it would appear that the Camarilla no longer wields the influence it once had. According to the new Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition roleplaying book, the Beckoning has taken most of Camarilla’s senior leaders.
As a result of the disappearance of Primogens and Princes in many cities across the globe, new challengers from competing factions now have free reign over those towns. The likes of Seattle are ripe for the plucking, giving even a newly turned vampire a shot at establishing some sort of influence over a metropolis.
It’s unclear how strictly Hardsuit Labs and Paradox will adhere to the 5th Edition canon given the debate surrounding that edition
. The Bloodlines 2 website promises that players will “meet the old blood founders present since the city’s creation,” suggesting that there may be some long-dead vampires still roaming the world. However, I’m willing to bet that the mass embrace is the least bizarre thing we’ll experience in Seattle.
The Xbox 2020 teaser trailer, released in May of that year, is a cinematic clip with minimal gameplay and few surprises. To the tune of Wayne Newton‘s “Danke Schoen,” however, it is entertaining. You can see some rooftop-hopping, some telekinetic duels, and the bat swarm ability (described further down in the Chiropterans’ abilities) all at the finish.
Paradox Interactive’s CEO Fredrik Wester said that it is “absolutely not impossible” that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 could launch in 2023.
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This is a 30-minute gameplay demo from Gamescom 2019. It’s a great representation of what it’s like to explore free-roaming Seattle and tackle objectives in any order you desire. The two designers’ comments are also useful for setting the scene and explaining what’s happening. If you’d rather not have any explanations added, you may read it here.
The 2019 gameplay trailer shows a task to find thin blood named Slug hidden in the Seattle underworld, as well as a decision at the conclusion of how to deal with him. Vampire abilities and traditional firearms are also on display. Our very own PC Gaming Show has developer commentary on the matter.