Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Announced by Paradox Interactive and Hardsuit Labs

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Descend into Seattle’s Dark Underbelly when Bloodlines 2 Launches on PC and Console in 2020

We're exstatic to today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco reveal Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, a role-playing game (RPG) set in a Seattle faithfully reimagined in the World of Darkness. The game is currently in development and will launch on PC and consoles in 2020. Developed by Hardsuit Labs, Bloodlines 2 is the successor to the iconic RPG Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, featuring reactive storytelling, fast-paced melee combat, and intriguing characters with their own hidden motives. Players will become the ultimate vampire as they stalk the city streets for prey, maneuver complex political relationships, and balance their need for blood against their withering humanity.


The creative mind behind the original Bloodlines, Brian Mitsoda, returns as Lead Narrative Designer for Bloodlines 2, giving fans a true successor to the original cult classic. “When Paradox announced they were acquiring the World of Darkness IP, I immediately started thinking about what it would be like to return to Vampire: The Masquerade,” Mitsoda said. “Our aim has been to carry on the signature themes that made Bloodlines unique - particularly its dark tone, atmosphere, and humor - and I think that fans of the original will love what we’re doing with Bloodlines 2.”

“Fans of the original Bloodlines have been hungry for a sequel for a long time, and we began to hear those suggestions -- well, demands -- as soon as we began to work with the World of Darkness,” said Ebba Ljungerud, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “We all understood what this opportunity could mean, but it was essential for both us and for Hardsuit Labs that any sequel should be done properly; a true successor guided by the people who knew what made the original so special. Keeping this game a secret for the last few years has been quite the Masquerade for us! It’s both exciting and relieving to finally let everybody know what we have in store for them.”

“At Hardsuit Labs we’re proud to have assembled a team of industry veterans who have worked on blockbuster titles, ranging from narrative-driven RPGs to action-packed shooters,” said Andy Kipling, CEO of Hardsuit Labs. “We started working on our pitch almost immediately after we heard that Paradox had acquired the IP and I’m thrilled that Paradox recognized our passion and abilities. We are honored to be bringing Bloodlines 2 to fans all over the world.”

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 features:
  • Become the Ultimate Vampire - Immerse yourself in the World of Darkness and live out your vampire fantasy in a city filled with intriguing characters that react to your choices. You and your unique disciplines are a weapon in a forward-driving, fast-moving, melee-focussed combat system. Your power will grow as you advance, but remember to uphold the Masquerade and guard your humanity ... or face the consequences.
  • Descend into Seattle’s Dark Heart and Survive the Vampire Elite - Seattle has always been run by vampires. Hunt your prey across Seattle locations faithfully reimagined in the World of Darkness. Meet the old blood founders present since the city’s birth and the new blood steering the tech money redefining the city. Everyone has hidden agendas - so choose your allies wisely.
  • Enter into Uneasy Alliances - Choose a side among competing factions, each with their own unique traits and stories, in the war for Seattle’s blood trade. The world will judge you by the company you keep, but remember no one’s hands stay clean forever.
  • Experience the Story - Written by the creative mind behind the original Bloodlines, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 brings the ambitions of the first to life and sees the return of a few fan favorite characters.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX is the official graphics partner of Vampire: The Masquerade® - Bloodlines™ 2 and Paradox is excited to work with NVIDIA on bringing real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS technology to the game.

To learn more about Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, please visit www.bloodlines2.com.
 
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Omg I played the original years ago. Was actually thinking about it the other day and here an announcement for a sequel pops up!

Just remember; with great hype comes great responsibility!
 

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Sigh, it's looking like "The Bard's Tale IV" of VTMB or the FO4 of FO3, i.e. "tomb raider meets vampires / action FPS" over a true open world non-tunnel RPG. Also seems more focus on gore and action combo's than grit, story, and non-combat interaction (and the fact it's for console pushes it that way also). It's been how many years? I'm pretty positive Jason Anderson and Tim Cain were available if you asked them. We've been waiting fifteen years for a sequel and most of us would have been happy with it simply reskinned, bugs fixed, and expanded hence the massive popularity of complete mods of VTMB. What I can't stand though is like what I see in this trailer, the "we are going to try and milk a beloved franchise but put out a completely different games with no bearing to the first one beyond title and fluff". Hell you all could have used the IP you bought from CCP when they sold you the WOD MMO they were working on but nope, you give us Tomb Raider with combat and console combo finishes.

PS: And the live dev I just watched didn't do much to alleviate those fears, if anything they confirmed them.
 
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Whaaaa...? Unbelievable. I've been waiting for this sequel since playing the original when it first came out! Gonna preorder this for sure.

I'd LOVE to hear what the story was to get this in production!
 

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And you can buy it on all the platforms, Steam, the Epic Store, Gog and whatever the hell the fourth option was, direct download or something.

The correct way to do it, let the consumer pick and chose their preferred option, good work Paradox you continue not being total bastards.

Is it even possible to get it on EA's Origin? The Windows Store? Who cares, four options is still amazing.
 

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I am going to need a bit more info. Can we switch perspectives like in Bloodlines? I play the game in 3rd person 90ish percent of the time. Cyberpunk being first person took it right off my radar.
 
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Well, damn.

Woot.
 

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Thin Blood? THIN BLOOD? A quick remnder that in vampire hierarchy thin bloods stand somewhere near indian untoucheable caste. And to raise your generation and ascend to "real" vampires you have to perform diableire, which is a universal taboo and you are pretty locked to this status.
 

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*throws money at screen*
 

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Never played the first, but this looks interesting!