It has been a long road for the development of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, but the Paradox Interactive CEO, Fredrik Wester, has provided assurance that the game is still under way.
In a Twitter thread, Wester states that “Bloodlines 2 is in development” and then assures that “the game is in good hands and we look forward to showing you more when the team and the game is ready.” While this doesn’t reveal much in terms of how far away Bloodlines 2 is from completion, it at least suggests there is positive progress. What we can say for sure is that it is unlikely to be this year. In a tweet, a fan asked if there was any chance that we’d get a peak of the sequel at Paradox Interactive’s PDXCON 2022 in September, to which Wester responded “Unfortunately not this time.”
Since I get this question on Twitter every now and then, I think this information might be of interest to at least a few of you: https://t.co/LgZ7oqsa4j
— Fredrik Wester (@TheWesterFront) July 19, 2022
Bloodlines 2 was initially revealed in 2019, expected to release the following year. During its development, Bloodlines 2 has experienced numerous pushbacks including initially delaying the release to later in 2020, then further delaying it to 2021 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, directors being fired, losing another narrative designer, and Hardsuit Labs no longer leading the development. It’s safe to say, the odds have been stacked against the much anticipated sequel to the 2004 hit.
The last update we had prior to the news from Wester was in November 2021, where Paradox revealed that they were satisfied with the progress being made in the development of Bloodlines 2. In the same 2021 update, Paradox Interactive said they would not reveal the name of the new developers, with Alexander Bricca, the CFO of Paradox having said that they have given them “a situation where they can focus fully on the game development” and “therefore we have so far not disclosed the name of the studio and we are very happy to keep it that way for still some time.”
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