For the uninitiated, this game features a wide array of different class choices and gameplay styles, and a big part of it is the character customization system that allows the player to craft their ideal vampire in this not-so-idyllic RPG.
There’s the enigmatic and powerful businessfolk of the Venture. Then there’s the deceptively weak, but notoriously tricky Thinbloods. The Brujah are a rough bunch of berserkers. While the Toreador are very much the common artist of the bunch, very creative, and very dangerous. Then there’s the Tremere, who are seduction incarnate. The final Malkavian reveal was the last we saw of these bloodsucking fiends until the latest trailer that Paradox released.
The new story for this sequel moves to Seattle and follows the chaotic and mysterious conflicts brewing within the Masquerade as a whole. The World of Darkness setting is one known for personal drama and political tension, a theme that will play out in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 fairly consistently. The player is a newly made Thinblood that is thrust into this world of backstabbing, though other newly minted Vamps aren’t so lucky.
How the player navigates this world of treachery and who they ally with is wide open. And being that the game is an RPG at its core, there will be hundreds of different quests and a bunch of characters that belong to a wide variety of factions. There’s the fiercely independent Anarchs fighting back against the subtle authoritarianism of the Camarilla. Other factions are at play in this game as well, so you’ll need to be very careful with how your approach different groups and their demands.
And it’s not just a new story being told in this sequel, the PC version of the new game will include a ton of graphical improvements. For some examples, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will support both Ray Tracing and DLSS on relevant GPUs.