15 years after Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines’ 2004 release, we’re finally getting a Bloodlines 2. There’s no official release date yet, but the projected timeline is sometime in Q1 2020. It’ll be dropping for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
If you’re unfamiliar with Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines, it’s a first/third-person RPG that plays very similar to Fallout 3. It has a heavy focus on conversations and NPC interaction, factions, storytelling, and giving the player freedom of choice; in 2004 it was undeniably one of the best RPGs we had – and there was stiff competition from games like Knights of the Old Republic I/II and Morrowind.
Bloodlines 2 won’t be developed by the same team as the first, instead, Hardsuit Labs will be taking the reigns as the developer with Paradox Interactive as publisher. However, it’s also been mentioned that a good chunk of the original team from Bloodlines have been brought on to work on Bloodlines 2, including the main writer Brian Mitsoda. With that in mind, you can expect the storyline to be similar to the first. With Paradox as publisher, you can also (justifiably) assume that we’ll see a handful of DLC added as well.
So far, the only media available for Bloodlines 2 is the entirely cinematic announcement trailer. Admittedly, it doesn’t give much away other than we’re getting the sequel in Q1 2020… Oh, and you can preorder now, but why would you do that without seeing any gameplay footage?
There’s not much known about the story, plot, or setting either. What we do know is you’ll be taking control of a freshly-turned vampire in a 2020 Seattle, Washington. You’ll start out without a faction (unlike Bloodlines) and have to forge your own path from there. That’s about all we know at this stage.
You can expect to see more trailers and teasers released in the coming weeks and months. No doubt they’ll serve to hype Bloodlines 2 even more. That said, don’t pre-order! Especially not before seeing gameplay footage!