Paradox Interactive has announced that it will publish Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
The successor to the 2004 RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, itself based on the eponymous tabletop RPG franchise, is being developed by Hardsuit Labs and, according to Paradox Interactive, will be released in the first quarter of 2020 on “PC and consoles”. Paradox Interactive said: “Bloodlines 2 is the successor to the iconic RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, featuring reactive storytelling, fast-paced melee combat, and intriguing characters with their own hidden motives. Players will become the ultimate vampire as they stalk the city streets for prey, manoeuvre complex political relationships, and balance their need for blood against their withering humanity.”
Paradox Interactive provided some insight into Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’s premise: “Created in an act of vampire insurrection, your existence ignites a blood war among the vampire factions who run Seattle. To survive, you’ll choose a clan and enter into uneasy alliances with the competing factions in a world which will react to every choice you make. Unleash your supernatural powers against your prey, but be mindful of your surroundings at all times or run the risk of breaking the Masquerade — the absolute law of secrecy that keeps Vampire society hidden from humanity.”
Brian Mitsoda, who had a key role in the first game, is Bloodlines 2’s Lead Narrative Designer. He said: “When Paradox announced they were acquiring the World of Darkness IP, I immediately started thinking about what it would be like to return to Vampire: The Masquerade. Our aim has been to carry on the signature themes that made Bloodlines unique – particularly its dark tone, atmosphere, and humour – and I think that fans of the original will love what we’re doing with Bloodlines 2.”
Ebba Ljungerud, CEO of Paradox Interactive, added: “Fans of the original Bloodlines have been hungry for a sequel for a long time, and we began to hear those suggestions — well, demands — as soon as we began to work with the World of Darkness. We all understood what this opportunity could mean, but it was essential for both us and for Hardsuit Labs that any sequel should be done properly; a true successor guided by the people who knew what made the original so special. Keeping this game a secret for the last few years has been quite the Masquerade for us! It’s both exciting and relieving to finally let everybody know what we have in store for them.”
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is already available to pre-order: to find out how to do that, what versions of the game will be available and a wealth of further information about the game, head to its website.