Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 announced.
Paradox Interactive unveiled the RPG today Vampires: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The game from Hardsuit Labs will be released in 2020 for PC and consoles and brings the North American city of Seattle to digital life in the style of the World of Darkness. A sequel to the iconic RPG Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines, Bloodlines 2 features a player-responsive story, fast-paced action-packed melee combat, and an enigmatic cast of scheming characters – each with their own unique themes. On their way to becoming the ultimate vampire, players follow a path that takes them through the streets and backyards of the metropolis as well as through political turmoil and intrigue – always balancing on the fine line between bloodthirst and loss of humanity!
As a result of a vampire uprising, the player’s existence begins as a key figure in a bloody war between Seattle’s ruling vampire factions. In order to survive, they must choose a clan and enter an opaque web of alliances. No matter which thread of this web you pull, you can be sure that the other factions and the city will react directly to your actions! Unleashing supernatural powers, players must always be careful not to break the Masquerade – the absolute law of secrecy that keeps vampire society hidden from the eyes of mankind – in the hunt for their victims.
The return of the creative mind behind the original Bloodlines, Brian Mitsoda as Lead Narrative Designer, promises fans a worthy sequel to the cult classic.
“When I learned that Paradox had acquired the World of Darkness IP, I began to wonder what it would be like to return to Vamprie: The Masquerade,” says Mitsoda. “Our goal from the start was to bring the hallmarks that made Bloodlines unique – the dark undertone, atmosphere and humor – to Bloodlines 2. I’m sure fans who loved the first game will be excited about what we’re doing in Bloodlines 2.”
“Bloodline fans have long been hungry for a sequel, and suggestions – well, demands – have been in our ears from the very beginning of our work on World of Darkness,” said Ebba Ljungerud, CEO at Paradox Interactive. “We recognized the opportunities that could present themselves. However, it was essential for both us and Hardsuit Labs that a sequel not only had to be done neatly and in the spirit of its predecessor, but also with the guidance of people whose ideas made the original so unique. Working to keep this title a secret over the last few years has been a true masquerade for ourselves! So it’s both exciting and relieving that we can finally talk about this.”
“At Hardsuit Labs, we’re proud to have brought together a team of industry veterans who have worked on everything from blockbuster RPGs to shooters,” added Andy Kipling, CEO of Hardsuit Labs. “As soon as we learned that Paradox had bought the IP we started working on our pitch and to this day I am thrilled that Paradox immediately recognized our passion for the brand as well as our capabilities. We are honored to be able to bring Bloodlines 2 to fans around the world.”
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 features:
- Become the ultimate vampire – The World of Darkness challenges players to delve deep into this fascinating world and live out their vampire fantasies in a city full of intriguing characters. The combat system, which is based on vampires and their supernatural abilities such as inhuman speed, makes players themselves the ultimate melee weapon. As you gain experience and progress, this power continues to grow. But caution is advised so that as a vampire you retain your humanity and don’t break the masquerade – or you face the consequences.
- Descending into the dark heart of Seattle – Seattle has been under the secret rule of vampires since its inception. On their hunt for loot, through the believably portrayed World of Darkness interpretation of the city, players will find the old elites who have steered the fortunes of the metropolis since the settlement was founded. At the same time, they meet a young generation of vampires, driven by the money in the city’s tech industry, and become trapped in a web of intrigue, each with their own agenda.
- Fragile Alliances – Join the vying factions for power in the war over the blood trade, each with their own unique abilities and history. Ultimately, the world will judge everyone by who they surround themselves with – no slate in this world can stay clean forever.
- Gripping story – The story behind Vampire: The Masquerade -Bloodlines 2 comes from the pen of the creative mind who brought the world to dark life in Bloodlines and lets players meet popular characters from the predecessor.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX is the official graphics partner for Vampire: The Maquerade – Bloodlines 2. Paradox is proud to partner with NVIDIA to bring real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS technology to the game.
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