Paradox’s CEO (the company would be the publisher of a sequel to the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 game that launched more than fifteen years ago) confirmed that they were close to shutting down its development.
Placera, a Swedish publication, mentioned how Fredrik Wester, Paradox’ CEO, talked with Nyhetsbyrån Direkt. He confirmed that eliminating the original dev team, Hardsuit Labs, almost put the game into the trash bin: “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.
Then we were prepared to close the production entirely. But we got a ‘pitch’ that we thought was convincing enough to run, played on, and we have excellent hopes that it will be a good game that meets the players’ expectations,” the Paradox CEO said. That bar is set high, especially if we talk about a game that has been on the market for a long time.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 initially was meant to be available from 2020, but the game, set in the World of Darkness, ran into a development hellhole, and in February, Paradox announced the game is now on thin ice: “As you have noticed, we’ve been keeping pretty quiet for a while. With this in mind, the first piece of news we have for you is to confirm that Bloodlines 2 is still in development.
Secondly, we have made the hard decision that Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2 – which also means that we will not be releasing [it] in 2021 as previously planned. Since we cannot at this time communicate a new release date, we’ve also decided to stop accepting pre-orders for the time being,” the publisher wrote. Since then, Paradox has also swapped its CEO mainly due to the… culture similar to Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft.
We don’t even want to bet when Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will launch, but we should slowly forget about the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One (the Nintendo Switch can still get it as a cloud version, especially if Dying Light 2: Stay Human can pull it off, too).