The troubled development of the sequel to Vampire: the masquerade just got a lot more uneasy, with publishers Paradox announcing tonight that not only will the game not be released in 2021 as originally planned, but that the developers Hardsuit Labs has also been removed from the project.
In a statement made as part of Paradox’s recent earnings, says the publisher:
We have now chosen to postpone the release of[[[[Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2] further, and we will not launch the game in 2021. We have also decided that Hardsuit Labs will no longer lead the development of Bloodlines 2, and we have started a collaboration with a new studio partner to complete the work on the game. This has been a difficult decision, but we are convinced that it is the right way forward to make the game fair.
Oh boy. Masquerade’s sequel has been plagued by problems for many years now, from writers and creative directors who are fired from the project to repeated (and significant) delays. Still, these are video games, where big speed bumps and delays are not exactly uncommon (see anywhere from Cyberpunk to Halo Infinite to Anthem for example).
To remove one the whole studio from the game they made (well, started) is something else, though, and I.It will be interesting to see how much this worksnew studio partner ”has done before this game is released. If it ever escapes.
Another statement on the game’s website adds a little more detail, sier “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. ”
The site also thanks Hardsuit for their work so far with the game, adding “We would like to take this opportunity to honor Hardsuit Labs for their efforts and thank them for their hard work on the project. The studio has done an enormous job of laying the foundation for the game, and we hope that you, the community, will also appreciate your contribution to Bloodlines 2. ”