Paradox Interactive announced in a February 23, 2021 blog post that Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 was being delayed again, this time indefinitely. The long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines had its release date pushed back from a March 2020 release date to 2021, citing the need for fixes and improvements as well as the impact of COVID 19 on the gaming industry.
Paradox has attributed the delay to the lead developer, Hardsuit Labs, leaving the project. “This game is very important to us, and it has been an ambitious project from the very start,” Paradox said. “In order to meet our goals for it, we’ve come to the conclusion that a change is needed and, as a result, more development time is required.
The gaming community on Twitter voiced their concerns in response to the news of the delay.
“Cyberpunk, Vampires TM Bloodlines 2 and now Techland with Dying Light 2 are apparently all having a lot of development problems stemming from upper management. These games were supposed to be sure things but now I’m worried,” said Twitter user @dansgaming.
“So to recap CDPR had to delay Cyberpunk 2077 patch, Anthem 2.0 has been canceled and finally Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 has been delayed indefinitely,” said Twitter user @HippeusOmega
Based on the iconic roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade, now in its 5th edition, Bloodlines 2 takes players into the world of the Kindred, vampires that stalk the streets of the world and the highest places of power. The sequel game moves the gameplay from Los Angeles, California, to Seattle, Washington. Bloodlines 2 is planned to be released on PC, PS4/5, and XBOX Series X, but when that release is, anyone can guess.
“We’re thankful for your continuous support throughout the game’s development,” Paradox said, “We understand how important this is to you, and we’d love to share more with you. As soon as we can, we’ll let you know what the future development team of Bloodlines 2 will look like.”