Folks, Development Hell is always going to be the worst thing to happen to a project. Whether it’s a game like Final Fantasy XV or Duke Nukem Forever… It’s always affected the quality of the product in the long run. In some cases, though, it has actually resulted in much better products. Case in point, Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Thus, we talk about today’s subject. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 has been in development for a while. They even had a cool ARG project called Tender. You can check a full dissection of the ARG here. However, as the title says, the game that was originally meant to release in 2020 has been revealed to not be launched in 2021… At all.
What Happened to Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2?
So, what happened? Well, Paradox Interactive revealed that the game has been delayed yet again. It won’t launch in 2021 as planned because the very developer of the game (Hardsuit Labs) is being replaced. In a statement provided to the Paradox official Discord channel, Paradox Lead Community Developer Dale Emasiri had this to say:
Good morning, 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 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.
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.
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.
We’re thankful for your continuous support throughout the game’s development. We understand how important this is to you, and we’d love to share more with you. As soon as we can, we’ll let you know what the future development team of Bloodlines 2 will look like.-Dale Emasiri
Not to be outclassed by a Discord announcement, the CEO of Paradox also made a statement regarding the game. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 will have a new developer at the helm instead of Hardsuit Labs.
Here’s the full statement from the publisher’s year-end report:
For us, it is crucial that our games are well received by the players, so we always choose, if possible, to give our development studios the time required to achieve our quality goals.
This also affects the development of Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, where we communicated a delay during the third quarter of 2020. We have now chosen to postpone the release of the game further, and we will not be launching the game in 2021. We have also decided that Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2, and we have started a collaboration with a new studio partner to finish work on the game. This has been a difficult decision, but we are convinced that it is the right way forward to do the game justice.
Surprisingly, the game is still available to pre-order up to the time of publishing this article (affiliate link).
What do you think of this development? Do you think Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 will be in good hands? What do you think about the Hardsuit Labs switch? make your thoughts known in the comments section.