As part of the Summer Game Fest “Inside Xbox” video presentation, gamers were treated to a brand new trailer for upcoming first person horror RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Set to the dulcet tones of Brenda Lee’s rendition of “Danke Schoen,” the trailer showed both gameplay elements and cinematic sequences.
Ostensibly, the gameplay sequences were captured on an Xbox Series X, and certainly look good, though the actions do not look appreciably different than previous trailers.
For those who haven’t previously been keeping track, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to the 2004 game originally developed by Troika Games. Based off the pen-and-paper RPG Vampire: The Masquerade from White Wolf, players will find themselves in the city of Seattle, thrust into the hidden cultures that make up vampire society as the victim of a “Mass Embrace,” an event where large numbers of people have been turned into vampires.
Learning to navigate one’s powers and one’s place in vampire society, all without exposing the existence of vampires to the world, will likely be at the heart of the game. So far, there’s been no mention of whether the events of the first game will be referenced in this new game, but with Brian Mitsoda (who wrote the story for the first game) involved, it’s not unreasonable to expect some passing references and possibly even a cameo or two.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is currently being developed by Paradox Interactive. An official release date has not been announced at this point, but the official website states it is set for a 2020 release. The game is currently available to pre-order for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will also support the Xbox Smart Delivery feature, meaning you can download it on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X with just one copy of the game.