Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 isn’t coming out anytime soon as it was hit with a delay. Recently, Paradox and Hardsuit Labs have announced that they have made some organisational changes to the development team.
Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda and Creative Director Ka’ai Cluney are now not part of the developer at Hardsuit Labs. In place, Alexandre Mandryka has been brought in as Creative Consultant to help the game, now in the final stages of development.
It’s a weird and unexpected move that both Mitsoda and Cluney have left the company. The two are credited in creating the original Bloodlines game and helped pitched the idea of a sequel to World Of Darkness IP holder Paradox Interactive which was described as “a ballsy move.”
Mitsoda, in particular, was featured heavily many marketing material for Bloodlines 2. With him having involved with the writing team from Bloodlines 1, fans see him as the bloodline, if you will, that gives legitimacy to this sequel of a cult hit. As you can expect, fans are not happy with this move.
It makes matters worse that Mitsoda released a statement to Rock Paper Shotgun, saying that he “was suddenly terminated”, and says that he is “incredibly disappointed and frustrated to say that this is where it ends for me on the project.” You can read the full email statement given to Rock Paper Shotgun here.
A delay is understandable, but with the quality of gameplay we’ve seen, and the need to restructure, this feel like a development biting more than they can chew. This news has definitely dampen excitement for the first-person RPG, which at first like already dead set for a 2020 release that they opened pre-orders as soon as it was revealed last year.
Bloodlines 2 will be out on PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X in 2021.