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Paradox says they have “started a collaboration with a new studio partner to finish work on the game”

As the months go by, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 seems to be getting further and further away. Originally, the supernatural RPG was supposed to be launched in 2020, before being delayed to 2021. Publisher Paradox Interactive now says that’s not going to happen either. But the real shock of that? Paradox is removing Hardsuit Labs from Bloodlines 2, the developer, and will finish the project with another studio.

“We have now chosen to postpone the release of the game further, and we will not be launching the game in 2021,” Paradox say inĀ in their end-of-year earnings report. “We have also decided that Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2, and we have started a collaboration with a new studio partner to finish work on the game. This has been a difficult decision, but we are convinced that it is the right way forward to do the game justice.”

For a while now, it seems as if Bloodlines 2 has been in a fair bit of trouble. Shortly after announcing last year’s first delay, Paradox revealed they had fired the narrative lead of the game, Brian Mitsoda, and Ka’ai Cluney, the creative director. Mitsoda was the cornerstone of the legitimacy claims of the sequel, having been in the original as a writer and designer.

Paradox does not provide any indication as to who might be developing the game now, nor does it mention a new release date. “Since we cannot at this time communicate a new release date, we’ve also decided to stop accepting pre-orders for the time being.”As we are unable to communicate a new release date at this time, we have also decided to stop accepting pre-orders for the time being (Though at the time this post was published, the website was down for maintenance.)

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So, will The Masquerade Vampire: Bloodlines 2 ever come out? Who’s knowing! At Paradox Interactive’s next game showcase in March, Lauren was hoping we might hear a little about it. Given this pretty rubbish news, though, I can’t imagine they’d want it on everybody’s radar right now.

Disclosure: Former RPS columnist Cara Ellison was previously on Bloodlines 2 as a narrative designer.

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