It has been fairly a journey for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, from the thrill of its long-overdue announcement in 2019 to the unhappy flameout two years later that led writer Paradox Interactive to delay the venture “indefinitely.” It was a reduction when Paradox introduced earlier this month that improvement hadn’t been cancelled outright, however in an interview with Swedish web site Avanza (Google translated), CEO Fredrik Wester stated it got here awfully shut.
“After we lifted the sport from the unique developer, we had an extended assessment in case we must always finish the sport [development] or run it additional,” Wester stated. “We have been truly ready to shut the manufacturing utterly. However we obtained a pitch that we thought was convincing sufficient to run, performed on, and we’ve excellent hopes that it is going to be a great sport that meets the gamers’ expectations.”
Bloodlines 2 was being developed by Hardsuit Labs previous to the delay, however was taken off the venture in February 2021 after setbacks together with a number of delays and the lack of its narrative management, together with lead author Brian Mitsoda, inventive director Ka’ai Cluney, and senior narrative designer Cara Ellison. The brand new developer nonetheless hasn’t been revealed, however Wester described it as “a really respected and proficient developer” that is shipped a lot of video games beforehand.
As for the doable way forward for the collection past Bloodlines 2, Wester stated all of it hinges on how this sport goes over. “There’s a large need for good video games within the RPG style so I completely don’t wish to shut any doorways,” he stated. “However I want to see what occurs, and what we are able to do, and the way Bloodlines is obtained.”
The unique Bloodlines was critically acclaimed and stays among the finest RPGs cash should buy, but it surely was very buggy at launch and in addition had the acute misfortune of being launched on November 16, 2004—the identical day as Half-Life 2. Gross sales weren’t good, and developer Troika Video games closed its doorways shortly afterward. Bloodlines has been moribund since then, however there’s been a small renaissance of Vampire: The Masquerade just lately, with a battle royale and a story RPG in improvement. Greater than 15 years later Bloodlines stays on our annual checklist of the 100 greatest video games it’s best to play proper now.
There’s nonetheless no signal of a brand new launch date for Bloodlines 2 at this level. Avenza requested about hypothesis that it might be out someday in 2023, however Wester stated solely that there is nonetheless “some time left” earlier than it is going to be able to go.