After days of cryptic screenshots and social media teasing, Paradox Interactive has revealed that Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is in development.
Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to the cult classic RPG Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines, released in 2004 from the now-defunct Troika games. Based on the White Wolf tabletop ruleset of the same name, Bloodlines was known for its robust character creation system and fairly macabre storylines and subject matter. Bloodlines 2 hopes to continue that tradition fifteen years later.
Currently, Paradox Interactive is the owner of both the White Wolf brand and the Vampire IP, so a return to the Bloodlines franchise seemed to be an almost foregone conclusion.
In addition, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be spearheaded by the return of writer Brian Mitsoda, one of the original creators of the first Bloodlines. Mitsoda has worked on several projects over the past decade, including some writing and development for Sega's Alpha Protocol (which he has since noted that none of his original ideas remain in the game) as well as founding his own independent developer, DoubleBear Productions, which released Dead State.
Beyond Mitsoda, the design of the game is being led by Hardsuit Labs, a studio formed in 2015. In the announcement post, Brian explained how he pitched the project as the narrative lead at Hardsuit Labs,
“When Paradox announced they were acquiring the World of Darkness IP, I immediately started thinking about what it would be like to return to Vampire: The Masquerade. Our aim has been to carry on the signature themes that made Bloodlines unique - particularly its dark tone, atmosphere, and humor - and I think that fans of the original will love what we’re doing with Bloodlines 2.” - Brian Mitsoda
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is being set in Seattle, in part because Hardsuit Labs is set there and they know the location and wanted to show it off. They promised a bigger game, with far better combat then the first game had while having a focus on reactivity and that you play as a vampire.
Currently, Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is scheduled for a Q1 2020 release.