For World Of Darkness fans champing at the bit to play Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 this year, we have some bad news: publisher Paradox has announced the game will definitely not be coming out in 2021 as it was originally slated to do so.
Furthermore, the publisher has also announced that the game’s developers, Hardsuit Labs, have been removed from the project.
As part of a year-end earnings statement released by Paradox, the publisher said:
“We have now chosen to postpone the release of the game further, and we will not be launching the game [Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2] in 2021. 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.”
A troubled development
This isn’t the first road block Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 has hit in its development path.
Aside from the news that the lead writer and director was fired from the project, the game – which was slated for release last year – has suffered through numerous delays. Now, with its developer removed from the project, there’s no telling when it will see the light of day… or in this case, night. Here’s hoping that Paradox’s “new studio partner” has better luck.
Will the game ever be released? We live in hope, but who’s to say at this stage. For those rather crestfallen about this news, here’s the trailer to have a gander at, and wonder what might have been.