Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester has confirmed that Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 will not be at this year's Paradox Con. The event, which is being held in September, will showcase a number of upcoming Paradox titles, but the long-awaited and troubled RPG won't be gracing its floors.
Why isn't Bloodlines 2 at Paradox Con?
Back in October last year, Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester revealed that Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 was very nearly canceled before being saved by a "convincing" pitch. It seems that pitch was very convincing indeed, because after several more months of silence from the RPG, Wester has taken to Twitter to reassure fans that the game is still in development. According to Wester, Bloodlines 2 is "in good hands", and Paradox will show more of it when the game and the team is ready to do so.
Despite the fact that Bloodlines 2 is still being worked on, Wester does also confirm that it won't be present at this year's Paradox Con (PDXCon) event. This will likely come as disappointing news to anybody who was hoping to see something more reassuring from Paradox. Let's hope a lengthy delay like this one means Bloodlines 2 will avoid the fate of its predecessor, which ran into more than its own share of development problems. Of course, there's always the possibility that Bloodlines 2 will be both long in the making and unfinished, but given how little we know about it right now, we'll have to wait and see.
The troubled development history of Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 was originally announced back in 2019, with original writer Brian Mitsoda set to return and work on the project. The game was subsequently delayed that October, with Mitsoda's Hardsuit Labs expressing a need to spend more time improving the game before it was ready for release. Unfortunately, a further delay followed in August 2020, and shortly after that delay was announced, Brian Mitsoda was removed from the project. Eventually, Bloodlines 2 was delayed indefinitely, with Hardsuit Labs also being removed from the game as its developer.
Much about Bloodlines 2 is now uncertain. We don't have even the slightest inkling of when the project will be ready to show, let alone when it will be ready to launch, and Paradox is keeping quiet about its progress on the game. While we now know that it hasn't been canned or canceled (assuming Wester is telling the truth, of course), it's clearly not ready for primetime, as its no-show status at PDXCon 2022 demonstrates. Hopefully, we hear a little more about Bloodlines 2 soon, but we think it may be a while. When we do hear more, you'll hear about it here, so stay tuned to TechRaptor for more info on this ill-fated project.