Get ready for some sad news here, as it looks like Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 is now delayed a bit more than we could have expected. How much more? Well, that is hard to say as Hardsuit Labs never put down a solid release date outside of Q1 2020. Something that is now dropping the Q1 part as we will only be able to see Bloodlines 2 on the PC, Xbox One, and/or PS4 in 2020 in general. Something I am sure will have a nice Autumn timeline if I was a betting person. It would seem a bit fitting and also let the game be able to score more of those holiday purchases that are all the rage. It also allows for the game to land during a time where there are fewer titles to fight with…
So, what are the reasons for the delay of Bloodlines 2? About what is always expected here. To polish things up a bit and not fall to the issues that the previous title had by releasing too soon. Something that seemed to be fixed by many out there in the modding community, but not how this team wants to have it go. I am doubtful that it means we will have more clan and faction options in Bloodlines 2 at launch, but it will make sure that we are getting the branching narrative the team has set out to make. The game would fall rather flat if they were not able to at least hit that portion of their promises. One would think… Here is what was officially said about it all for those truly looking for answers.
For the last three and a half years, we’ve worked hard to bring you a worthy successor to Bloodlines 1. To us, that meant not only making good on the ambitions of this remarkable game, but also a duty to ensure we would not repeat its mistakes. Today, we have to tell you that we need some more time to get you the game you’ve been waiting for. Although Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 will still launch in 2020, we have decided to value quality over making the Q1 launch window.
There are some things we wanted to hit under all circumstances when we set out to follow in Bloodlines’ footsteps: A deep, branching storyline; fascinating and amazingly acted characters; the rich universe of the World Of Darkness. We firmly believe that we’re on the right track to get you all of this.
On the flip side, there’s the responsibility to avoid some of the issues that plagued the first game, which was famously launched too early. Over the last few months, it became clear that to stick to our original date would risk repeating that mistake. We won’t do that. In the end, everyone working on this game wants to offer you the best Bloodlines 2 we can.
This hasn’t been an easy — nor our first choice. Throughout 2019 we have been improving our processes and growing our teams, however it soon became clear that this alone won’t allow us to deliver the quality we want at the date we promised.
Your feedback was invaluable in this. It helped us give the proper weight to what we saw, as well. We’d like to thank you, and hope you’ll support us in the decision that came from it.
Did you expect to hear that Bloodlines 2 was going to be delayed or does it make sense now given all the other titles releasing too? Do you think we will get more options in the final game or will this all be to make sure their story plays out as they want it to? Will the modding community still need to dive in and give players all of the options they are looking for or could this be a definitive title for us all? Let us all know down in the comments what you are thinking and then feel free to discuss. When we have more to share for Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2, we will share it all here. Be sure to keep checking in for all of that and much, much more.