A sequel 15 years in the waiting has finally emerged from the shadows, as Paradox Interactive confirms a 2020 release date.
After what seems like months of subtle teasing, Paradox Interactive has officially announced Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 action role-playing classic.
Originally released the same day as Half-Life 2, and developed by the long defunct Troika Games, the sequel is being made by Hardsuit Labs, whose only major work is 2013 free-to-play shooter Blacklight: Retribution.
The game was shown off at the ongoing Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco and judging by the trailer looks to be an impressive effort, with some obvious similarities to Arkane’s Dishonored series.
The story takes place in Seattle, years after the events of the original (the first game was set in Los Angeles) but will involve a similar tale of warring vampire clans and supernatural in-fighting.
Importantly, it also has original designer and writer Brian Mitsoda on board as lead narrative designer.
The gameplay is still first person, with a strong emphasis on stealth and melee combat – as well as a bunch of vampiric magic abilities.
Despite the original game being a sales flop, it’s long been regarded as a cult classic, with publisher Paradox Interactive picking up the licence (the concept comes from a tabletop role-playing game) back in 2015.
The sequel is clearly a big game for them, with some impressive visuals, and unlike most PC games lately it’s on both Steam and the Epic Games store.
The game is also coming to (unnamed) consoles though and is due out sometime between January and March next year.
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