We’ve been seeing more and more of the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, with factions and more being unveiled in anticipation of its release. That release, however, has just been pushed back a little, according to a statement from the developers.
The statement, published on the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 website, goes into some detail about why the decision has been made to delay the release of the game. Andy Kipling and Brian Mitsoda from the Hardsuit Labs team had this to say regarding the delay: “For the last three and a half years, we’ve worked hard to bring you a worthy successor to Bloodlines 1. To us, that meant not only making good on the ambitions of this remarkable game, but also a duty to ensure we would not repeat its mistakes. Today, we have to tell you that we need some more time to get you the game you’ve been waiting for. Although Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will still launch in 2020, we have decided to value quality over making the Q1 launch window.”
This, of course, references the notorious state the original game was released in. The original Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines became a cult classic and presented a wonderful world rich with interesting impactful decisions for the player, but it was riotously filled with bugs and issues. The original developers shuttered in 2005 leaving ongoing support to the fans, which thankfully they have done with the latest patch hitting version 10.5.
So it’s understandable that developers Hardsuit Labs want to make sure that the sequel doesn’t suffer from similar issues as the first, and of course White Wolf, the IP owners, wouldn’t want Vampire: The Masquerade to become a byword for buggy releases.
Watch out this weekend at PDXCON for more information and updates regarding Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.