Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has more bad news today as the publisher has announced some pretty big changes. Fans have been waiting for more news about the sequel for months, and we’re only getting bad news today. The sequel has been a long time coming, and it’s going to be slumbering for a fair bit longer. As announced on Twitter today, Paradox has had to indefinitely delay the game. It seems they are very unhappy with the way things are progressing, as they have pulled the project from the current developer, Hardsuit Labs.
Paradox Interactive posted a statement to their website and Twitter account, explaining that Hardsuit Labs “will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2,” and they further added that the release planned for 2021 would obviously not be happening. The team has not put out a new release date, and a new development studio has not been announced either.
The development period for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been a true nightmare for fans. THe news we continue to hear about the game has constantly reminded us of a very rocky development. This newest delay totally confirms that. Digging into the statement, Paradox adds that they’re thankful to the old developer for “laying the foundations for the game,” but that they need a new direction.
It’s still unclear what the problems are, as those will obviously stay under wraps until well after launch, whenever that might be. After having been announced back in 2019, it’s a very real possibility that the game just floundered amid feature creep. The added stress and slowdown of COVID-19 didn’t help matters either, I would bet.
So far, we know that the game wanted to keep to the first-person perspective of the original game, but expanded the focus in new areas, factions and locations. Players will get to see the world of the Masquerade in all new light, or darkness, when the game finally debuts.