‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines’ Finally Gets A Sequel
Cult “diamond in the rough” RPG ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines’ is finally getting a sequel, as Paradox Interactive announces ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’.
For those of you that missed the classic original, ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines’ was a 2004 action role-playing game based on based on White Wolf’s role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. In it, you get to play one the unique clans as you explore the dark and gritty vampire underworld of modern-day L.A. as a creature of the night. As with most RPGs, players develop their character’s powers, interact with other characters and embark on story-driven quests as they battle mortals and other vampires with an incredible array of vampire powers and weapons.
Although the original game was praised for its writing and story telling, technically, there were a number of issues, most of which couldn’t officially be fixed due to the collapse of developer Troika in early 2005. However, the fans stepped in, releasing unofficial patches which not only fixed many of the bugs, but also added back in content and levels which was incomplete by Troika.
In 2015, Paradox Interactive acquired the license to develop games based on White Wolf’s properties. Independent studio Hardsuit Labs hired Bloodlines’ original writer, Brian Mitsoda, and approached Paradox about creating “a true successor guided by the people who knew what made the original so special.” Paradox agreed that was an excellent idea, and here we are!
Mitsoda will be joined by Cara Ellison in crafting a story that explores the effects of the mass vampire embrace on regular Seattleites. You play as one of several humans inexplicably attacked in the Mass Embrace, suddenly thrown into the dangerous and ruthless vampire politics of Seattle. Tensions between the factions in Seattle are at an all-time high, and this unsanctioned attack throws the status quo into chaos. An inquest is called in order to get to the bottom of the mystery, and you’re the star witness… whether you like it or not… As one of the few free agents in town, the player will choose a side and play an important role in the factional war to control the blood trade. But can your allies answer why you were made, who’s pulling the strings, and who your real enemies are? Or will you be more concerned with what you can do to get ahead among the vampire elite?
You can see the announcement video above, and see the keynote announcement about ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’ in the video below. Paradox are currently scheduling the release for early 2020 (although, as with all gaming release days, don’t be surprised if that slips!)