Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been delayed in 2021, with developer Hardsuit Labs no longer leading the game’s development. The news was revealed in the publisher Paradox Interactive’s annual report for 2020. Paradox revealed that it has “started a collaboration with a new study partner to complete the work on the game.” In a statement from the Bloodlines 2 Twitter account, Paradox said that in order to meet its ambitions for the game, the publisher came to the conclusion that “a change is needed and, as a result, more development time is required.”
Paradox thanked Hardsuit Labs for their work on the game so far. “The studio has done a fantastic job of laying the groundwork for the game, and we hope you, the community, will also appreciate their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”
; The annual report indicates that the studio will “finish” work on the game, which means that this does not appear to be a complete restart of development.
Bloodlines 2 was originally slated for launch in Q1 2020, but was postponed until later in the year before being officially delayed until 2021 in August 2020. This was just the beginning of the game’s development issues, as later that month the game’s Narrative lead and Creative Director became unexpectedly dropped from the project. The game’s Senior Narrative Designer left shortly after in October.
The publisher can no longer set a release date for the game due to the redesign of the development, so Paradox has also decided to stop taking pre-orders for Bloodlines 2. “As soon as we can, we will tell you what the future is development team of Bloodlines 2 will look like, “the statement said. We will definitely tell you more about the fate of the game as the project unfolds during a new unannounced study.
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