Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 has definitely had a strange road so far. Initially announced to a lot of fanfare, it has since suffered delay after delay after delay, which has led to a lot of wondering and discussion on whether or not the game has quietly been canned. Not so, says, Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester, as the game was apparently saved by a "convincing" pitch:
“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 in an interview with Avanza. “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.”
That was the only bit of news either, as apparently, Hardsuit Labs is no longer the development lead on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, with a "new studio partner" being brought in to finish the game. As you can tell by the quotes, the developer has not yet been named.
Interestingly, Wester seems determined to see this through until the very end for Bloodlines 2, and its performance will see whether or not Paradox does any other big AAA titles:
“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."
At this point, it's either cut your losses or grit your teeth and finish the game and hope to the gaming gods that Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is a massive hit. Pretty much everyone agrees that big AAA RPGs are essentially a unicorn nowadays, so whenever it releases there will be a lot of interest. We'll have to see how it does if/when it finally comes out.
What do you think of this news? Are you going to try Bloodlines 2 when it finally releases? Let us know in the comments!