Paradox Interactive officially confirmed the major update on Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 and decided to replace Hardsuit Labs with another studio to lead the project, which will not see the light of day in 2021.
The company noticed the absence of updates regarding the game development process and therefore it was officially announced that Hardsuit Labs is no longer leading the game’s development, and the reason seems to be actually related to the company’s dissatisfaction with what has been achieved so far in its development process.
This clearly means that the game will not be launched in the current year, and there are no statements explaining its new launch window or the target devices except that it needs more time in the development process.
Announced in March 2019, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was initially scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2020, but was postponed later in the year and finally postponed again to 2021. In recent months, several key members such as the game’s Narrative lead and Creative Director have left the project, and the Senior Narrative Designer left shortly after in October.
Eventually, another studio – whose identity has not been revealed yet – will take care of “finishing the work on the game”, as stated in Paradox Interactive’s latest financial report. The publisher also issued the following press release:
Paradox thanked Hardsuit Labs for its work on the game so far. “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.” The year-end report indicates that the studio will “finish” work on the game, meaning this doesn’t seem to be a full restart for development.