Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 delayed, Hardsuit Labs fired

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Paradox Interactive’s Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 gained’t make its beforehand scheduled 2021 launch date — and for an excellent motive. The writer introduced the sport’s indefinite delay on Tuesday, and pinned it on a considerable growth setback: Lead developer Hardsuit Labs is not engaged on the sport.

On the Bloodlines 2 web site, Paradox Interactive stated that whereas the sport continues to be in growth, the writer is not sharing a launch date, neither is it accepting additional pre-orders for the sport.

“This recreation is essential to us and it has been an formidable challenge from the very begin,” Paradox stated. “With the intention to meet our objectives for it, we’ve come to the conclusion {that a} change is required and, in consequence, extra growth time is required.

“We’d prefer to take this chance to honor Hardsuit Labs for his or her efforts and thank them for his or her laborious work on the challenge. The studio has executed an amazing job in laying the foundations for the sport and we hope that you simply, the group, can even admire their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”

Paradox’s standing replace on Bloodlines 2 follows a equally dire-sounding growth milestone from final summer time, when the writer confirmed the firing of two key creators. Lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda and inventive director Ka’ai Cluney had been dismissed from Hardsuit Labs in August, a transfer described as “a joint choice made by the management of Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive.”

That information got here shortly after a significant delay of the sport, from 2020 to 2021. That was Bloodlines 2’s second delay; the sport was initially slated for the primary quarter of 2020.

Paradox introduced Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 in March 2019. The sequel to the 2004 cult basic is in growth for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Home windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Collection X. Bloodlines 2 was Hardsuit Labs’ second challenge, following Blacklight: Retribution, a free-to-play, cyberpunk-themed shooter for PS4 and PC.

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