The troubled development of the sequel to Vampire: the Masquerade simply acquired much more troubled, with publishers Paradox asserting tonight that not solely will the sport not be launched in 2021 as initially deliberate, however that builders Hardsuit Labs have additionally been faraway from the mission.
In an announcement made as part of Paradox’s latest earnings, the writer says:
We’ve now chosen to postpone the discharge of [Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2] additional, and we is not going to be launching the sport in 2021. We’ve additionally determined that Hardsuit Labs will now not be main the event of Bloodlines 2, and now we have began a collaboration with a brand new studio associate to complete work on the sport. This has been a tough determination, however we’re satisfied that it’s the proper manner ahead to do the sport justice.Advertisement
Oh boy. Masquerade’s sequel has been beset by issues for years now, from writers and creative directors being fired from the project to repeated (and vital) delays. Nonetheless, that is video video games, the place main speedbumps and delays aren’t precisely uncommon (look wherever from Cyberpunk to Halo Infinite to Anthem for examples).
To take away an complete studio from the sport they made (effectively, began) is one thing else, although, and that it’ll be fascinating to see simply how a lot work this “new studio associate” has achieved by the point this recreation releases. If it ever releases.
A second assertion on the sport’s web site adds a little more detail, saying “Since we can not presently talk a brand new launch date, we’ve additionally determined to cease accepting pre-orders in the interim.”
The positioning additionally thanks Hardsuit for his or her work to this point on the sport, including “We’d wish to take this chance to honor Hardsuit Labs for his or her efforts and thank them for his or her onerous work on the mission. The studio has achieved an amazing job in laying the foundations for the sport and we hope that you just, the neighborhood, may even respect their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”