Paradox Interactive has shared an update on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
In a brief blog post on their website, Paradox has confirmed that they will finally be revealing Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 this September. This may mean the game itself will be releasing in the same time as well. However, that reveal may also be timed because the company has gotten that far into development that they can show it, not necessarily release it.
Paradox also seems to have been quite concerned that they were not able to communicate on the game more frequently, and particularly, that fans had been waiting so long. With that in mind, they are offering refunds for those players who do want to avail of it.
For what it’s worth, Paradox announced the game all the way back in 2019. While four years is a normal period of time to produce a AAA game (might even be too short nowadays), Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 also faced numerous challenges in its development.
In particular, the firing of two creative leads, Ka’ai Cluney and Brian Mitsoda, seems to have done real damage to the production. It got so bad that senior narrative designer Cara Ellison also bolted the project soon thereafter.
All of these issues playing out through the years definitely meant that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has gone through plenty of changes, so much so that the earliest screenshots Paradox shared may no longer accurately represent the final product.
Paradox shared some new screenshots of the game in progress, albeit these are only some new backgrounds. Paradox didn’t even provide descriptions or other storyline teasers, but if you’d like to see these new renders you can view them here.
Paradox also stated that their pending announcement would include revelations of new special editions and bonus content. So if you are a fan who may want to change which version of the game you are getting, the refund offer might just be for you.
In spite of this announcement, Paradox continues to be too silent on the state of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. While all our concerns may be allayed when it comes to the September reveal, right now, fans would be right to be concerned about the game’s actual status.
Paradox is going to have to pull off one hell of a September reveal event to get fans on board again for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.