While Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is in development roughly one and a half decades after the first one, there will be another Vampire: The Masquerade game with another approach.
Draw Distance (who you cannot even look up on Google due to the term used in gaming – thankfully, you can look up their previous game, Ritual: Crown of Horns, which is still in early access on Steam) announced that they are working on a „unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience” based on the table-top game Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition, set in its universe. Its name is Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York, which initially will skip the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. We’ll get back to this subject later.
„Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York presents the conflict between two vampiric factions: the traditionalist Camarilla and the fiercely independent Anarchs among the iconic landmarks and night lights of The Big Apple. It’s a unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience, set in a rich, fully licensed, globally recognized universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.
Choose your character from one of several distinct Clans. Every playable character offers unique powers (Disciplines), different ethical approaches to certain issues, and dialogue lines. [The] character-oriented quests allow you to create your own coterie and shape your relations by reinforcing NPC loyalties. [It’s] suitable for both Vampire: The Masquerade veterans, and fans of mature narrative-driven games who are newcomers to the setting. [It’s also] highly replayable – choices made in the game are reflected by the game’s changing fiction. [There will be] various endings depending on your actions – which conclusion will you reach?”, the game’s Steam page says.
So there’s another game based on the World of Darkness. On Steam, the devs also mention „interactive story meets choices-that-matter; dark, atmospheric, emotional narration meets Telltale-like way of creating morally challenging dilemmas.” They also promise „new, standalone stories, enriching the lore, telling different bloody stories from the history of vampiric New York and adding new twists to interpersonal plots” as post-launch support.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York is planned to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019 (between October and December) on Nintendo Switch and PC/Mac/Linux. A PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports are likely tied to this game selling well. It’s still a pleasant surprise before E3 starts…