The two teams behind Vampire The Masquerade: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Paradox and Hardsuit Labs, have released a major update on the game’s status. As it turns out, it will not meet the intended 2020 launch window. Instead, Bloodlines 2 is going to see the light of day some time next year. There’s no exact release date, not even close. Still, it’s probably for the better; I wouldn’t want the game to launch as janky as the original did, no matter how much personality that added.
Well, there you have it, people. In a year that’s been mostly delays, Bloodlines 2 is the next one to add to the pile. Interestingly, the cause of the delay doesn’t seem to be related to COVID-19; at least, the official announcement on Twitter makes no mention of it. Instead, what they claim to be the reason behind the delay is that they’ve set a high quality bar, and simply need more time to deliver on those promises.
Here’s a direct quote from the post: “Our goal has always been to deliver the best game possible, to immerse you into a Seattle re-imagined in the World of Darkness, and deliver a worthy successor to the original Bloodlines game. Due to the quality bar and ambitions we have set for ourselves, we have made the difficult decision that we need more time. This means that our goal to release in 2020 is no longer possible. Moving launch is one of the changes we are making to ensure the best player experience possible.”
The developers are going to publish further information when they have something to share. And, of course, they make sure to thank the fan base for their patience. This is certainly disappointing news, but it really is for the better. Not only will it let the devs polish the game properly, but it’ll also move it away from the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, giving it a better chance at life overall.