Former Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 developer Hardsuit Labs is getting hit with layoffs this week. A number of the studio’s staff took to Twitter to disclose the information only one week following Hardsuit’s removing from Bloodlines 2. There’s nonetheless no phrase on who will take over the sport’s improvement.
Hardsuit has laid off the four-person narrative staff, in addition to staff in departments throughout the corporate. “HSL has made the choice to do layoffs at present, and all of us on the narrative staff had been affected,” former Narrative Lead Samantha Wallschlaeger wrote on Twitter. The layoffs additionally affected among the studio’s producers and writers.
For individuals who are unfamiliar, Hardsuit Labs is an impartial studio in Seattle, Washington. Along with Bloodlines 2, the developer additionally had a hand in creating the free-to-play FPS Blacklight: Retribution.
Beforehand, we reported that Hardsuit would get replaced as Bloodlines 2‘s developer. Writer Paradox Interactive revealed in an earnings report final week its resolution to take away the studio from the venture. The information got here after a string of firings and departures inside Hardsuit precipitated delays. Bloodlines 2 was set to come back out later this yr, however it’s now delayed indefinitely. Due to this newest information, Epic Video games Retailer has halted the sport’s pre-orders. Paradox promised to let followers know quickly who will change into the brand new Bloodlines 2 developer.
Bloodlines 2 affected by delays
The event timeline for Bloodlines 2 has been rocky at greatest. The sport has been within the works for 3 and a half years. After a 2019 delay, Hardsuit deliberate to launch the sport in Q1 of 2020. Nonetheless, the studio later acknowledged that the primary sport was launched too early, and the staff wished to keep away from the identical mistake this time round. Hardsuit then pushed Bloodlines 2 to 2021. Now, Hardsuit has no involvement within the sport, and we do not know what to anticipate. Hopefully, the brand new developer can put Bloodlines 2 on the quick monitor to a strong launch day.