The troubled growth of the sequel to Vampire: the Masquerade simply acquired 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 an announcement made as a part of Paradox’s newest earnings, the writer says:
We now 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. We now have additionally determined that Hardsuit Labs will now not be main the event of Bloodlines 2, and we’ve got began a collaboration with a brand new studio accomplice to complete work on the sport. This has been a tough determination, however we’re satisfied that it’s the proper method ahead to do the sport justice.
Oh boy. Masquerade’s sequel has been beset by issues for years now, from writers and artistic administrators being fired from the challenge 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 (nicely, began) is one thing else, although, and that it’ll be fascinating to see simply how a lot work this “new studio accomplice” has accomplished by the point this sport releases. If it ever releases.
A second assertion on the sport’s web site provides somewhat extra element, saying “Since we can not presently 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 so far on the sport, including “We’d wish to take this chance to honor Hardsuit Labs for his or her efforts and thank them for his or her exhausting work on the challenge. The studio has accomplished an amazing job in laying the foundations for the sport and we hope that you simply, the neighborhood, will even respect their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”