After months of speculations, teasing the fans with an ARG in the form of dating app, it is finally confirmed by Paradox at the GDC that Vampire: The Masquerades - Bloodlines 2 is happening.
This will not be a remake nor a remaster of 2004’s Bloodlines, it will be a proper sequel developed by Hardsuit Labs. The sequel takes place years after the events of Bloodlines and it is set in Seattle, Washington.
Brian Mitsoda, the original writer for Bloodlines, promised in a press release that this would be “a true successor guided by the people who knew what made the original so special.”
Judging by the trailer, you can watch that below, the mechanics of the game are somewhat similar, with the fast-moving, melee-focused combat system, but the plot description doesn’t offer a lot of specifics:
“Created in an act of vampire insurrection, your existence ignites a blood war among the vampire factions who run Seattle. To survive, you’ll choose a clan and enter into uneasy alliances with the competing factions in a world which will react to every choice you make. Unleash your supernatural powers against your prey, but be mindful of your surroundings at all times or run the risk of breaking the Masquerade -- the absolute law of secrecy that keeps Vampire society hidden from humanity”.
Bloodlines had it rough since it came out, it was released unfinished and at the same time with other blockbusters, like Half-Life 2, which led to the downfall of original developers, Troika Games. It was basically saved by the community of modders who patched the whole game. You can read more about Bloodlines’ misfortunes here.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be released in 2020 for PC and consoles, we only hope this one will be finished by that time.