Paradox Interactive announced in March of 2019 that the cult classic and fan favorite Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, would be getting a sequel in 2020. Last summer there was a problem, and the Creative Director Ka’ai Cluney and Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda were dismissed from Hardsuit Labs, the studio working on the game. This, amongst other problems, caused the game to be delayed to 2021.
Now however, instead of just dismissing a few key figures in the development of the game, the entirety of Hardsuit Labs has been let go. This leaves Bloodlines 2 in a bit of a pickle, as there is no longer a release date, and pre-orders are no longer being accepted.
Paradox claims that the game is still being worked on, and an announcement was made that said: “This game is very important to us and it has been an ambitious project from the very start. In order to meet our goals for it, we’ve come to the conclusion that a change is needed and, as a result, more development time is required.”
It continued: “We’d like to take this opportunity to honor Hardsuit Labs for their efforts and thank them for their hard work on the project. The studio has done a tremendous job in laying the foundations for the game and we hope that you, the community, will also appreciate their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”
No release date, no more pre-orders, and no studio has been announced to take over where Hardsuit was let go. This may mean an indefinite delay for the widely anticipated game.