One of the most anticipated RPGs of the past few years has been the upcoming sequel to the Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines series. Unfortunately, despite showing off a lot of actual gameplay beforehand, developer Hardsuit Labs was taken off the project and the game was subsequently delayed indefinitely.
According to a new interview with Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 was almost cancelled following the departure of Hardsuit Labs, and as Paradox took over the project to search for a new developer they were initially going to scrap the game entirely until they heard a brand new pitch for the game.
“When we lifted the game from the original developer, we had a long review in case we should end the game or run it further,” Wester said (via machine translation). “Then we were actually prepared to close the production completely. But we got a ‘pitch’ that we thought was convincing enough to run. played on and we have very good hopes that it will be a good game that meets the players’ expectations.”
It’s unclear how much of the original vision of Bloodlines 2 has been remade, if even at all, and whether it has a new direction or sticking with the original plan. Previous comments on Hardsuit Labs’ departure sounded like their progress had been scrapped almost completely. We also don’t know who is developing it now, but Wester did clarify that it is “a very reputable and talented developer.”
Bloodlines 2 has had a history of troubled development before it was supposed to launch this year, and it seems like Paradox is willing to cut their losses if it comes to that. However, they also want to see how Bloodlines 2 will perform, which may judge how they handle future installments or even the RPG genre in general:
“I would like to see how Bloodlines is received before we bet the next big money in the genre. There is a huge desire for good games in the role-playing game genre so I absolutely do not want to close any doors. But I would like to see what happens, what can we do and how Bloodlines is received.”
What do you think? Will Bloodlines 2 take on a completely new direction? Or do you think it will be the same as we’ve seen before already? And how would you feel about the project being cancelled? Let us know your thoughts!