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Published: 23/Feb/2021 9:13 Updated: 10/Mar/2021 12:17by Ava Thompson-Powell
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines’ sequel to the cult-classic 2004 game is primed to provide long-time fans with a modern, immersive experience of life as a vampire. With so much hype surrounding VTMB2, we’ve got you covered on all you need to know about release dates, trailers, and gameplay.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 stems from the World of Darkness series and is directly based on its namesake’s tabletop game.
The original 2004 game — developed by Troika Games and published by Activision — was plagued with development issues that saw its release in an unfinished, barebones state. Statistically, it was a flop, only becoming more and more popular as time went on. Today, it is consistently played and loved by fans of the genre, with an unofficial patch serving as the primary way to experience the game today.
The sequel was originally slated for a March 2020 release date, but the game was then pushed back to 2021, with developers wanting to ensure that the game is as polished as it can possibly be for fans – likely to avoid a similar situation with the first game.
On February 23, 2021, the VTMB2 website and Twitter shared a blog post that stated that Hardsuit Labs would no longer continue to lead the development of the game – and thus, the ability to preorder the game had been taken down.
In a recent statement regarding earnings, Paradox Entertainment stated that they believe that “this has been a difficult decision, but we are convinced that it is the right way forward to do the game justice.”
It was also stated that the game will not release in 2021, reinforcing their decision to remove preorders for the title.
Now in 2021, fans of the game have a handful of trailers that can keep their excitement until release. With the announcement of the game being revealed in March 2019, the hype train is continually building with each look into the game.
The CGI trailer introduces players to the sequel’s new location, different from that of the first title’s LA setting. The narrator states that “this city will bleed you dry. Safety is bought with blood – yours, theirs, ours. Here, no one’s hands stay clean.”
The following trailer provided fans with a first look at actual gameplay footage in June 2019, with the trailer’s narrator asking the player “welcome to the first day of the rest of your death – having fun yet?”
Released a year later after the initial delays, the video’s description states that players “are dead now, but stronger, quicker, more alluring and with potential for so much more. Your choices, plots, and schemes will change the balance of power – come dance on your grave!”
Set in a recreation of modern-day Seattle, players will experience life as a newborn Thin Blood – a relatively weak vampire with equally weak abilities.
Turned into a vampire by rogue vampires by what is referred to as a Mass Embrace – another phrase for a large, public attack- Thin Bloods are shunned by the other clans and variations of vampires within the world as lesser beings.
In this world, the clans aim to maintain what is referred to as The Masquerade – a code that aims to hide their existence from the outside world. Violations in this code spell disaster for those that break it.
After character creation – which sees you choosing a different background for your character that offers different ways to explore the game world – upgradeable disciplines provide further ways to navigate and utilize the environment around you.
Later in the game, players are also able to join one of the game’s many Full Blood clans – further expanding and developing upon the direction in which your character is taken.
A primarily first-person experience, “Bloodlines 2 reacts to your every choice in a narrative where different paths, and outcomes, abound.” For RPG lovers everywhere, this is fantastic – allowing you to create precisely the character you want to, offering the chance of future playthroughs that are completely different from that of prior ones.
Working with characters such as The Prince of Seattle and the iconic Damsel of the original game, players will weave their way through a dark, bewitching story.
Preorders have currently been halted for the title, but previously, PC, Xbox One, Series X/S, and PlayStation 4/5 had four different editions available.
From the 24-hour early access provided with the digital purchases of the Unsanctioned Blood Pack, to the 28cm statue of Elif in the Collector’s Edition, there was something for everyone. We will update you when preorders are made available once more.
So, there you have it. All of the information regarding the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Make sure to check back with Dexerto often, as we’ll continually update you with any new info as it drops.