Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 has changed developer and there’s no new release date in sight.
We’ve said before that we’re okay with games being delayed, if that’s what it takes to get them up to scratch, but Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 is really starting to test that statement. This vampire action RPG, sequel to Troika’s 2004’s original, was set for a 2021 release but that’s now not going to happen.
Bloodlines 2 has already had its fair share of problems. The lead writer, Brian Mitsoda, and senior writer, Cara Ellison, were both removed from the project, with real explanation. Another writer, Chris Avellone was dropped in June 2020 due to sexual assault allegations, with publishers Paradox Interactive announcing that his contributions to the title would be removed. Creative director Ka’ai Cluney also went, leaving Bloodlines 2 without a lot of its direction.
On top of that, originally set for a March 2020 release, Bloodlines 2 has been formally delayed twice with Ebba Ljungerud telegraphing a third delay. But now Paradox Interactive have announced that developers Hardsuit Labs will no longer be working on the game and development now be handled by an as yet unnamed studio.
You can read the statement below but the thrust of this announcement is that Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 won’t be getting a 2021 release and it’s too early for Paradox to say when it’ll be emerging from the shaodws.
In case you are unable to access the website, you can read the Bloodlines 2 Development Update right here. pic.twitter.com/kdTp5gpBJe
— Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (@VtM_Bloodlines) February 23, 2021
This isn’t the longest a title’s been in development, not by a long stretch, but we’re starting to get a Dead Island 2 vibe from this bite-me-up. Paradox Interactive is no longer taking pre-orders though, at the time of writing it’s still available on Amazon.
Can Bloodlines 2 survive this? Vampires are notoriously hard to kill but, even with all the fond memories we have of playing the original Bloodlines, we wonder if the next step is to plunge a stake in its heart and just start all over again.