Paradox isn’t a publisher typically known for being at the forefront of graphics tech, but a new press release concerning Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will take advantage of the latest real-time ray-tracing (DXR) and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) features possible of GeForce RTX graphics cards.
“Nvidia GeForce RTX is the official graphics partner of Vampire: The Masquerade® – Bloodlines 2 and Paradox is excited to work with Nvidia on bringing real-time ray tracing and Nvidia DLSS technology to the game,” reads that statement from Paradox.
It’s difficult to think of a game that could benefit more from ray-traced lighting and shadows than Bloodlines 2, a title that’s all about skulking around under cover of darkness. We've got a sneaking suspicion this could end up a very good looking game indeed for those who’ve got the hardware firepower. By the time Bloodlines launches next year, DXR support should also be fairly widespread too. Nvidia will likely be gearing up for a next-gen GPU release, while DXR support comes to the GTX 10 series in April/May.
On top of this, and we really shouldn’t have expected any less from a Paradox Interactive-published title, Bloodlines 2 will feature official mod support. Paradox is one of the strongest supporters of the modding scene in existence right now, so it’s practically a given that Vampire Bloodlines 2 will be given a longer lifespan with wide-ranging mod support.
Paradox did recently announce its own Paradox Mods modding platform. This is basically a platform-agnostic mod platform through which users can upload mods and these will then be usable in games regardless of PC game client or even platform (Xbox One support is confirmed). This opens to a larger mod audience than ever before, including console gamers who pick up Bloodlines 2.
And, last but not least, a number of folks asked when Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 would be first-person only. The answer is a roundabout ‘yes’. “The game is an immersive first-person only experience, but it does feature some moments where you'll see your character in third person view”, said the official Bloodlines Twitter account.
First-person goes hand-in-hand with what Hardsuit Labs is trying to achieve with Bloodlines 2’s dense urban environments and immersive sim-type gameplay. No doubt those desperately keen to play in third-person will find a helping hand from the modding community.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to the cult-classic RPG, announced some 15 years after the original launched alongside Half-Life 2. Bloodlines 2 will be out in Q1 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.