It appears that fans of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 will be waiting even longer to play thanks to a new announcement from Paradox Interactive. According to the publisher, the game will not be seen in 2021 and the development team that had been working on the title, Hardsuit Labs, has been removed. Paradox is already working to secure a new studio to take over the game’s production.
The announcement came as part of the Paradox financial report to investors.
This (Ed. note: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) also affects the development of Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, where we communicated a delay during the third quarter of 2020. We have now chosen to postpone the release of the game further, and we will not be launching the game in 2021. We have also decided that Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2, and we have started a collaboration with a new studio partner to finish work on the game. This has been a difficult decision, but we are convinced that it is the right way forward to do the game justice.
In addition to the distressing news above, Paradox softened slightly on the V:tMB2 site and thanked Hardsuit for its work on the game to date.
This game is very important to us and it has been an ambitious project from the very start. 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.
We’d like to take this opportunity to honor Hardsuit Labs for their efforts and thank them for their hard work on the project. The studio has done a tremendous job in laying the foundations for the game and we hope that you, the community, will also appreciate their contribution to Bloodlines 2.
Lastly, Paradox confirmed that it will not be accepting further pre-orders since it “cannot at this time communicate a new release date”.
So there you have it. If you’d like to find out more, check out the Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 official site and/or the links above.