The troubled development of the sequel to Vampire: the Masquerade simply obtained 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 challenge.
In a press release made as part of Paradox’s latest earnings, the writer says:
Now we have 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. Now we have additionally determined that Hardsuit Labs will not be main the event of Bloodlines 2, and we’ve began a collaboration with a brand new studio companion to complete work on the sport. This has been a tough choice, however we’re satisfied that it’s the proper means ahead to do the sport justice.
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 important) delays. Nonetheless, that is video video games, the place main speedbumps and delays aren’t precisely uncommon (look anyplace from Cyberpunk to Halo Infinite to Anthem for examples).
To take away an total 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 companion” has carried out 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’t at the moment talk a brand new launch date, we’ve additionally determined to cease accepting pre-orders in the intervening time.”
The location additionally thanks Hardsuit for his or her work to this point on the sport, including “We’d prefer to take this chance to honor Hardsuit Labs for his or her efforts and thank them for his or her laborious work on the challenge. The studio has carried out an incredible job in laying the foundations for the sport and we hope that you simply, the group, can even recognize their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”