Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 returns to development
Sequel now being handled by The Chinese Room, aims for 2024
Paradox Interactive have announced that development of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will be resumed, now with The Chinese Room, a Sumo Digital studio.
A successor to Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Bloodlines 2 takes players to the dark underbelly of Seattle, where vampires struggle for survival and supremacy. As an Elder vampire, players meet compelling characters, maneuver complex political relationships, stalk the city streets for prey, and engage in intense combat while balancing the need for blood.
Now, the sequel is being handled by The Chinese Room, known for games such as Dear Esther, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The new developers have reportedly re-done a lot of the work on the gameplay since taking over the project, and even changed the main character. The Xbox One/PS4 versions are also cancelled.
The game was originally announced in 2019, before running into development trouble under Hardsuit Labs and their lead narrative designer, Brian Mitsoda, who was one of the primary leads on the original game. It was initially delayed from 2020 launch plan, and subsequently put on indefinite hold in 2021 as the developers were taken off the project.
The re-revealed Bloodlines 2 is now planned for launch in the Fall of 2024.