A wise man once said that patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. The fans of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, one of the very best RPGs of all time and – if we may be so bold to indulge in excessive statements – undoubtedly the best vampire-themed video game of all time, certainly know a thing or two about patience and bitterness. And how could we not? Ever since the original appeared in 2004, we’ve been anxiously and faithfully waiting for the sequel like half-crazed Penelope did for Odysseus and – nothing. Until, now, that is. It seems that our patience will finally be rewarded and that we’ll be able to stick our fangs into one delicious, sweet-tasting piece of fruit: the highly-anticipated sequel of Troika Games masterpiece Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will be heading our way in 2020. Prepare for the blood-feast!
True, it may seem that we’ve become hyped-up a bit too soon – after all 2020 is a long way off and lots of things can go wrong in the meantime. Nevertheless, there are already plenty of reasons for rejoicing. Although phenomenal Troika Games had been buried six feet under for quite some time, hawthorn stake deep in their hearth, their spirit obviously lives on. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines project had been passed into capable hands of Paradox Interactive who purchased the exclusive rights for Vampire: The Masquerade and World of Darkness franchises. They will act as the publisher for the upcoming game, which will be developed by Hardsuit Labs. However, the thing that adds the greatest weight to the whole project is the fact that Brian Mitsoda, a video game designer who worked on the first Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines game will again be involved as the chief narrative designer, so we can expect that everything will be true to the dark atmosphere, lore, and canon of the beloved original.
But, what it’ll be about? Will the sequel have anything to do with the first game? Rest assured, Masquerade fans that it will. It’ll take place in the same world, obviously, just some 15 years later, and instead of LA, Seattle will be the stage of your new vampiric escapades. As Mitsoda pointed out:“ The great thing about the World of Darkness IP is that you go to any city, and there are a thousand stories you can tell. For us, it’s looking at the struggle of our own city – of Seattle trying to look at its identity. The old, the classic idea of Seattle, and the new corporate tech side, with trillion-dollar companies. It’s changing the city right in front of our eyes, and so this came very easily to us.”
As might be expected, the player will again take the role of a freshly-turned vampire caught in the eternal power play between the clandestine vampiric society and humanity. The time span between the original Bloodlines and its sequel will also mean that the advanced technologies will make the undead existence of the fledgling vampire trying to blend in even more difficult. As developers themselves said: “Created in an act of vampire insurrection, your existence ignites a blood war among the vampire factions who run Seattle. To survive, you’ll choose a clan and enter into uneasy alliances with the competing factions in a world which will react to every choice you make. Unleash your supernatural powers against your prey, but be mindful of your surroundings at all times or run the risk of breaking the Masquerade — the absolute law of secrecy that keeps Vampire society hidden from humanity.” On top of everything, if bloody tidal wave which threatens to engulf the entire city shown in the trailer isn’t just a cute detail and artistic liberty, it might be that Gehenna – the vampiric armageddon – could finally be knocking at our doors.
If that’s really the case, you can expect this vampiric end of days in 2020. And, if you want the front row seat, you can already preorder Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 via Steam, GOG, Epic Store and Paradox Interactive’s store.