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Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2, the sequel to Troika’s swansong, and one of the most anticipated RPGs of this year has been delayed again. The developers Hardsuit Labs and publisher Paradox Interactive announced today that the game will no longer release in 2020 and has been moved to 2021. No specific release date has been announced.

In the words of the developers; “due to the quality bar and ambitions we have set for ourselves, we have made the difficult decision that we need more time. This means that our goal to release in 2020 is no longer possible. Moving launch is one of the changes we are making to ensure the best player experience possible.”

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Hardsuit Lab’s sequel to Troika’s cult classic vampire RPG was originally slated for a March 2020 release- opening pre-orders as early as 2019. However, the game was then delayed to Q4 2020 before hitting this latest delay.

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is regarded as one of the best RPGs of all time and proved to be the swan song of Troika Games, formed by RPG veterans Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarski, and Jason Anderson. Having been through a tough developmental cycle, the game was unfortunately released in a muddled and buggy state, the same time as Half Life 2, and became a commercial failure. The RPG since garnered a strong cult feeling and thanks to a dedicated community and is still being updated by dedicated modders.  Fans have been eagerly waiting for a follow up for more than a decade.

Bloodlines 2 will be a direct successor to the original and is marketed to be highly reactive with the world changing according to the choices you make. The game will be set in Seattle and the players will once again play as a novice vampire entangled in the bloody Vampiric faction wars.  Players will meet the old blood founders present since the city’s birth and the new blood steering the tech money redefining the city.

Harduit Labs is best known for its free-to-play shooter Blacklight: Retribution and has brought on Bloodline’s lead writer, Brian Mitsoda, along with game writer and critic Cara Ellison. You can visit the official site to get more information regarding the story, as well as complete challenges to unlock exclusive in-game items.



  • Become the Ultimate Vampire Immerse yourself in the World of Darkness and live out your vampire fantasy in a city filled with intriguing characters that react to your choices. You and your unique disciplines are a weapon in our forward-driving, fast-moving, melee-focussed combat system. Your power will grow as you advance, but remember to uphold the Masquerade and guard your humanity… or face the consequences.
  • Descend into Seattle’s Dark Heart and Survive the Vampire Elite Seattle has always been run by vampires. Hunt your prey across Seattle locations faithfully reimagined in the World of Darkness. Meet the old blood founders present since the city’s birth and the new blood steering the tech money redefining the city. Everyone has hidden agendas – so choose your allies wisely.
  • Enter into Uneasy Alliances Choose a side among competing factions, each with their own unique traits and stories, in the war for Seattle’s blood trade. The world will judge you by the company you keep, but remember no one’s hands stay clean forever.
  • Experience the Story Written by the creative mind behind the original Bloodlines, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 brings the ambitions of the first game to life and sees the return of a few fan-favorite characters. According to veteran RPG writer and human stretch goal Chris Avellone’s Twitter, he has also been working on the game to an unknown capacity.


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