As reported by Geoff Keighley a few minutes ago on his Twitter profile, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been postponed, and will no longer arrive during 2021. Not only that, it seems that the guys from Hardsuit Labs who abandoned the project reported it.
News that comes after those of the numerous postponements of titles that were supposed to be out this year, such as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, but which for various reasons were then postponed. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be a new official debut date for the vampire RPG.
These are the words of Paradox Interactive on the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Discord server:
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) February 23, 2021
At the same time as we have had a record year, the ongoing corona pandemic has, as mentioned before, had a mixed effect on our business. The inflow of new players was during the beginning of the pandemic high, which initially had a positive impact on our sales, but the increased player base also creates a long-term remaining value. At the same time, our studio organization in particular has found it difficult to maintain the usual production pace. We have therefore chosen to postpone several planned but not communicated releases to ensure the right quality, which postpones the release dates during 2021. For us, it is crucial that our games are well received by the players, so we always choose, if possible, to give our development studios the time required to achieve our quality goals.
This also affects the development of Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, where we communicated a delay during the third quarter of 2020. We have now chosen to postpone the release of the game further, and we will not be launching the game in 2021. We have also decided that Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2, and we have started a collaboration with a new studio partner to finish work on the game. This has been a difficult decision, but we are convinced that it is the right way forward to do the game justice.
The fate of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 seems to be darker than the game itself. We just have to wait for news directly from the developers, in the hope that the game will be able to come out in the best possible way.