The sequel to the cult vampire RPG does not have an easy life. It’s been years since the game was first officially announced. As a result of production problems, which eventually led to the removal of the studio initially responsible for the title, Hardsuit Labs, from the works and the involvement of The Chinese Room team (creators of Dear Esther, Everybody Gone to the Rapture and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, among others) in its place, it has not lived to see a release until now. Finally, on the occasion of PAX West 2023 However, there was some good news about Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
Premiere of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
During the event, the vampiric production was somehow announced again. We received its new trailer, which focuses on spectacular combat. We can also get a glimpse here of the various locations we are likely to visit. They are a pretty good representation of dark Seattle, where the game’s action will take place.
The trailer also features subtitles that reveal a small snippet of what we can expect from the title’s plot. It talks about the lack of power in the vampiric court, a siege from three sides and an awakened elder. It’s not entirely certain whether it’s the elder we’ll get to play, but if so, it will be quite a change from Hardsuit Labs’ original plans, according to which the main character was to be a young bloodsucker.
Anyway, it looks like Bloodlines 2 will give us everything that people like the paper Vampire: the Masquerade for. So there should be no shortage of politics, conspiracies and plenty of dark stories. The last important piece of information in the latest trailer is the release date for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, for which we will unfortunately have to wait a little longer.
Avoiding the mistakes of its predecessor
The term given by the developers is an outlier, but it is necessary to show understanding to the developers. After all, we should not forget that the previous Bloodlines installment suffered from a whole host of technical problems at the time of its debut, and for this it was mainly met with criticism. Certainly, many fans are able to wait a little longer, only for this situation not to repeat itself. However, any reserves of patience eventually run out, and to make matters worse, waiting too long can lead to an excessive increase in expectations, which the game will ultimately not be able to meet. Developers must therefore show common sense and analyze their next move accordingly.
Bloodlines 2 – uncertainty about the current form
While the new trailer has certainly pleased fans of the brand, including the fact that it shows some elements of the game, we still know very little about what state the production is in. This may cause some concern, but that is expected to change soon. In the next few weeks, we should receive a series of videos showcasing the playable vampiric clans that our protagonist will be able to join. In January, meanwhile, a new long gameplay is expected to be released, which will showcase the game in action (vide GamingBolt). So we have nothing left to do but wait patiently for further announcements.