After fifteen years, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines will finally get a sequel.
Paradox Interactive announced the video game at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and released a teaser showcasing the look and feel of the upcoming sequel. The trailer begins on a dark night in Seattle, and we're shown a variety of seedy rooms and hallways before the video explodes into action. The trailer is shown through a first-person view, and a woman narrates describes the shadowy underbelly of the city throughout.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be a first-person RPG centering on an event called the "Mass Embrace" from which numerous fledgling vampires were sired. The player character will be one of those vampires, lined up for execution as ill-begotten progeny are forbidden to exist under the laws of modern vampire society. Few other details have been released about the main plot. Paradox Interactive and developer Hardsuit Labs have mainly revealed that they are aiming to create a truly immersive vampire experience.
Paradox Interactive acquired the rights to the World of Darkness along with White Wolf Publishing in 2015. Brian Mitsoda, who served as writer and designer on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines has returned for the sequel. At the Developer Conference he spoke to an excited audience about the importance of location, saying, "you want to capture the essence of a location. Rather than an open world with a lot of stuff but not a lot going on block for block," which means it is likely gamers will see a world structure similar to that of the original game.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines was released in 2004 and centered on the discovery of an ancient vampire sarcophagus and the fall of the Camarilla prince of Los Angeles, Sebastian LaCroix. The game was well received for its tone and memorable characters but criticized for a host of bugs and glitches as well as certain aspects of core gameplay, such as combat. Despite its flaws, the game developed a cult following and dedicated fans continue to provide mods, fixes and other improvements.
Paradox Interactive have stated that Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be released during Q1 2020.