The troubled growth of the sequel to Vampire: the Masquerade simply received 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 venture.
In an announcement made as a part of Paradox’s newest earnings, the writer says:
We’ve now chosen to postpone the discharge of [Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2] additional, and we won’t be launching the sport in 2021. We’ve additionally determined that Hardsuit Labs will not be main the event of Bloodlines 2, and now we have began a collaboration with a brand new studio companion to complete work on the sport. This has been a troublesome determination, however we’re satisfied that it’s the proper means ahead to do the sport justice.
Oh boy. Masquerade’s sequel has been beset by issues for years now, from writers and inventive administrators being fired from the venture to repeated (and important) delays. Nonetheless, that is video video games, the place main speedbumps and delays aren’t precisely uncommon (look wherever from Cyberpunk to Halo Infinite to Anthem for examples).
To take away an total studio from the sport they made (effectively, began) is one thing else, although, and that it’ll be attention-grabbing to see simply how a lot work this “new studio companion” has completed by the point this recreation releases. If it ever releases.
A second assertion on the sport’s web site provides a bit of extra element, saying “Since we can not right now talk a brand new launch date, we’ve additionally determined to cease accepting pre-orders in the interim.”
The positioning additionally thanks Hardsuit for his or her work so far on the sport, including “We’d prefer to take this chance to honor Hardsuit Labs for his or her efforts and thank them for his or her arduous work on the venture. The studio has completed an incredible job in laying the foundations for the sport and we hope that you just, the neighborhood, may also respect their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”