Bloodlines 2, the long-awaited sequel to the hit 2004 PC game Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines has been delayed until 2021. Attributing the delay to a high bar set and needing more time to hit that bar, Andy Kipling of Hardsuit Labs and Jakob Munthe of Paradox Interactive released a joint statement announcing the delay.
“Due to the quality bar and ambitions we have set for ourselves, we have made the difficult decision that we need more time.”
Originally released in 2004 by Trioka Games and Activision, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines was well received by fans and critics alike but suffered from low sales. Bloodlines took players into the world of Vampire, where they played a newly created vampire also known as a neonate as they navigate the world of vampire politics, power moves, and hunger. What set Vampire: The Masquerade apart from other games featuring vampires, players created vampires not only with specific powers but also a shared lineage and associations. Each player would choose a “clan”, each with its own history, lore, and areas of influence and dominance, making conflict a certainty.
Founded in 2015 by Andy Kipling, the Seattle Washington based Hardsuit Labs Inc has a history of working on immersive games, titles including Gears of War, and BioShock. Stockholm Sweden based Paradox Interactive, founded in 1999 by Fredrik Wester, is the publisher of the Battletech, Planetfall, Cities Skylines, Hearts of Iron, and the Imperator: Rome series. Paradox purchased White Wolf Games in 2015, a sequel to Bloodlines went into development soon after.
Vampire the Masquerade, since it’s 1991 release by White Wolf Games has garnered a loyal fan base, influencing how we see vampires in film, television, and print. The documentary “World of Darkness” details the rise and fall of White Wolf, and it’s dedicated fans who continue to play the game to this day. The delay of Bloodlines 2 until 2021 may raise eyebrows but if it allows the team at Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive time to perfect the game it will be worth the wait. Bloodlines 2 will be available on PC, XBOX ONE, XBOX SERIES X, as well as PlayStation 4 and 5.