Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2: The game most desired by vampire fans will finally see the light of day
World of Darkness It’s probably one of the most poorly used licenses in the world of video games since this universe (or universes, actually) of White Wolf You won in the role of table, dice, pencil and paper With a few exceptions, it hasn’t had the success it deserved in our industry.
One of them is Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlinessuch a Cult video game related to Vampire: The Masquerade This delighted fans of the genre despite its flaws and made us excited years later when Paradox announced its new installment in 2019: Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
A project that was on the verge of cancellation
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was initially planned for 2020 and those who were responsible for giving it life Hardsuit Labsa relatively new studio that opened its doors in 2015 and that they would be doing this project together with Paradox, For this he hired Brian Mitsoda, designer and author of the first partas well as Cara Ellison and Chris Avellonewho had taken part in games like GTA 4 or the Star Wars that Respawn is creating.
However, the initial optimism evoked by these names and many details was shattered, Start by chaining a series of delays There were also layoffs and doubts from Paradox I didn’t have much hope that the game would come to fruition. and they even thought about canceling it at the end of 2021.
The Chinese Room, creator of Dear Esther, to the rescue
In the midst of this chaos and after one Separation between Paradox and Hardsuit Labs Who were the game’s original managers? The Chinese Room appearedone of the most renowned studios when we talk about narrative games that have left us works as fantastic as Dear Esther either Everyone has gone to the rapture.
Paradox itself “I was immediately impressed by what they saw” in The Chinese Room’s proposal for Bloodlines 2.. “They have a real passion for the source material and are ideal partners to develop a story in the world of Vampire: The Masquerade.”
A game focused on the things “only vampires can do,” scheduled for release in 2024
Since the official announcement last September that The Chinese Room would become part of the project (they have been working on the game since the end of 2021, but did not want to make it official to give the new team time to develop their vision Bloodlines 2) The truth is the thing News, teasers and information were much more common.
From the beginning and if nothing fails now, VEmpire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 receive its first gameplay from the UK studio is coming next January and if there is no other delay, the goal It is scheduled to release in the second half of next year for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.
We also have some new details about The Chinese Room’s vision for Bloodlines 2 Keep betting on a dark Seattle in which vampires fight for their dominance and in which not only strength in battle is important, but also politics and stealth in order to gain power.
One of The Chinese Room’s goals is this The player feels like he feels like a vampire in everything he does in the game, both when it comes to manipulating people and their food, and when it comes to combat, where a Kindred can stalk its prey from the shadows for a time, but when it attacks, it behaves “like a predator” . Aside from that, For the first time in a Vampire video game, we take on the role of an “elder vampire”. Therefore, our forces will be far superior to those of much of the rest of the vampire community and factions in the city.
These last few weeks The Chinese Room has also begun to reveal certain details, such as its lineage when it comes to recreating the art of the World of Darkness or some clans. that will be available in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2starting with the Chaticos Brujah specializes primarily in combat, followed by the Tremerefeared for her mastery of blood magic and mind control.
With the arrival of The Chinese Room comes the project have resumed the flight And now all that remains is to wait and see if we can finally get into Bloodlines 2 in 2024 and enjoy a game on par with the fantastic World of Darkness.