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What just happened? Few games have had a development phase as turbulent as Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. It was starting to look as if the game was never going to arrive, but in a surprise announcement, publisher Paradox Interactive has confirmed a release date and a new developer: The Chinese Room, creator of the excellent Dear Esther and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture.

It was way back at GDC 2019 when Paradox Interactive excited RPG fans everywhere by announcing the sequel to 2004's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. The original game is beloved by many, despite its few issues; this writer considers it their third favorite game ever behind Baldur's Gate 3 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

But signs that all was not well came later in the original announcement year when the launch month of March 2020 was changed to an unspecified date in 2020 because the studio valued "quality over making the Q1 launch window."

A second delay was confirmed in the summer of 2020, pushing the game to 2021. The announcement also mentioned "organizational changes."

But things got even worse in 2021. Paradox said the game would definitely not be released that year, pre-orders were suspended, and the lead development team, Hardsuit Labs, was removed. The game was delayed indefinitely.

By this point, it looked as if Bloodlines 2 would be stuck in development hell for eternity, but Paradox assured fans in June that it was still working on the game and that it would have more to share in September.

The publisher has lived up to its promise by confirming what will hopefully be the last release date for Bloodlines 2: late 2024.

The other big reveal is that the game's new developer is indie studio The Chinese Room, which is introducing "a new code base with different gameplay mechanics and RPG systems," according to PC Gamer. There's also a different story from what Hardsuit Labs had planned. A new trailer has been unveiled, too, with a gameplay reveal set for January next year.

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This is so cursed I don't get why they bothered to hire a new studio: Vampire had a bit of a resurgence due to the 5th edition of the tabletop game becoming decently popular during the high of D&D tabletop streams and such. However these are small numbers of people that could be interested in the game...If it came out 3-4 years ago when that high was still relevant.

But that was also the point where Paradox decided to basically scrap most of the work done by some of the guys who were involved on Bloodlines 1 development. Like I'm assuming they had the game on a laughable state by that point and/or were inflexible to notes or some of the other controversies not worth getting into (Mostly because I'm 100% some of the people in these comments invested in 'culture war' stuff will come out to defend said person and controversies)

So whatever the reason was for missing their window the end result its the same: they missed their window by a good couple years at least: Hardly anybody that cares for Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop will care about the videogame side now and hardly anybody who cared for the Vampire Bloodlines videogames as a franchise will care now that you not only took the guys behind the first game away but scrapped all of their work and started over: people will correctly assume this version will be nothing like Bloodlines 1 without well, the people who worked at Bloodlines 1 being involved at all or any of their work being used.
Late 2024. Wow. I was looking forward to playing this game early in the pandemic, and now best case scenario it's still more than a year from release. It sounds like they're planning a major rewrite, so best case is unlikely.

Thankfully, many other games have arrived and filled the void.
I need to google writers. I remember reading years ago something about lead writer being very political.