Developer Hardsuit Labs and publisher Paradox Interactive announced today that the upcoming action-RPG, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, has been delayed to an unspecified date in 2021. The game was initially penciled in for a release in the first quarter of 2020 before jumping to a launch window later in this year.
Hardsuit Labs’ Andy Kipling and Paradox’s Jakob Munthe shared the news in a joint statement on Twitter, citing a need for more time to live up to the ‘quality bar and ambitions’ the two companies set themselves for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
Today we have an important announcement in regards to the release date of Bloodlines 2. 🦇 pic.twitter.com/M3xR5qOOpN
— Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (@VtM_Bloodlines) August 11, 2020
The statement also refers to other changes, including upcoming ‘organizational changes’ required to ensure the successful launch of the game. However, it stopped short of fleshing these out beyond a passing mention.
The statement reads:
“We are moving the launch of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 to 2021. Our goal has always been to deliver the best game possible, to immersive you into a Seatlle re-imagined in the World of Darkness, and deliver a worthy successor to the original Bloodlines game. Due to the quality bar and ambitions we have for ourselves, we have made the difficult decision that we need more time. This means that our goal to release in 2020 is no longer possible. Moving launch is one of the changes we are making to ensure the best player experience possible.
This is not a decision taken lightly nor is it the first option we considered. We will share more information in the coming months on launch timing and other organizational changes that will help us achieve this goal.
We understand that this will be a disappointment to many of you, but we also appreciate how our ambition is echoed through many parts of the community. We hope you understand that, while difficult, this is the right call. We thank you all for your patience while we continue to build Bloodlines 2.”
Launched in 2004, the original Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines sold poorly (partly due to sharing a launch window with heavyweights Half-Life 2, Halo 2, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater), but has since morphed into a cult classic, praised for being ahead of its time in terms of player freedom and its compelling narrative.
After the IP lay dormant for over a decade, Paradox Interactive picked up the rights to the franchise in 2015, entrusting the development of a sequel to Hardsuit Labs of Blacklight: Retribution Fame, and drafting in the writing chops of Brian Mitsoda, who penned the original’s story.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was officially revealed in March 2019. It’s most recent outing saw it feature in Xbox’s third-party developer showcase in early May, where Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive premiered a brand new trailer. You can watch it just below.