The World of Darkness Gets Darker
Bigben Publishing and Big Bad Wolf are bringing a new "narrative RPG" to the World of Darkness franchise in Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong. Big Bad Wolf previously developed The Council, the episodic adventure game set in the late 1700s about a secret society headquartered off the coast of England. Bigben previously announced Swansong's existence earlier this year during a publisher showcase, but had no details available at the initial reveal. Swansong, according to a press release, aims to continue Big Bad Wolf's track record of narratively-focused RPGs. We don't know release platforms for Swansong at this time, but the publisher did confirm that it's slated for a 2021 release.
Inspired by and following the rules set in Vampire: The Masquerade's 5th Edition of the tabletop game, Swansong follows three vampires all hailing from different clans in the Camarilla. As a vampire sect who prides themselves on upholding the current status quo in vampire society by hiding their existence from mortals, the Camarilla is the largest and most populated sect. In Swansong, you'll explore three different viewpoints as you attempt to unravel mysteries, solve murders and power struggles, all while protecting your clan and upholding the titular "Masquerade," vampire law that hides their existence from humans.
As a subsidiary of French developer Cyanide, this is the first foray for either developer into the Vampire universe. However, earlier this weekend Cyanide and Bigben showcased Cyanide's take on a different World of Darkness IP: Werewolf: The Apocalypse. With the two projects running concurrently, Cyanide and its subsidiaries will be intimately familiar with the World of Darkness. Even though 2021 is still a ways off, with Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 releasing next year, we could well see more information about Swansong soon.
Are there any other World of Darkness IPs you'd like to see get adapted? What do you hope for in a "narrative RPG" set in the Vampire: The Masquerade setting? Let us know in the comments below!