Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is getting delayed. Originally planned to release sometime in Q1 2020- sometime before April, a tweet from the official account revealed that that is not the case anymore.
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 will launch later in 2020 than we planned. Simply put, we believe quality is more important than releasing in Q1.
— Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (@VtM_Bloodlines) October 16, 2019
The main reason? To give the sequel more time in the oven to avoid the same pitfalls that made the original only a cult hit. “There’s the responsibility to avoid some of the issues that plagued the first game, which was famously launched too early,” the dev blog reads.
“Over the last few months, it became clear that to stick to our original date would risk repeating that mistake. We won’t do that. In the end, everyone working on this game wants to offer you the best Bloodlines 2 we can.”
While the world of Seattle in Bloodlines 2 looks fantastic in stills (it also has RTX support), the game looks a little bit on the janky side. Should the game launched in the Q1 2020 window, it has to compete with some massive first-person RPGs, including Cyberpunk 2077.
The original Bloodlines launched in November 2004 during the same week as big-hitters Half-Life 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2 released, and was plagued with glitches and bugs. Making the call to give Bloodlines 2 more time, and hopefully to a lesser crowded launch window, is an understandable reason.
Bloodlines 2 will be showcased at PDXCon at Berlin this weekend. Bloodlines 2 will be out on PS4, PC (Steam, Epic Games Store) and Xbox One.