According to the boss of Paradox, it doesn’t seem like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will release in the first half of 2021. Paradox CEO Ebba Ljunegerud was talking to Placera and said: “I do not think it will come in the first half of the year, but we will see.”
It has been a long wait for those waiting for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. It was initially planned to be a first quarter 2020 game, and has subsequently been the topic of many news pieces, with delay notices and studio departures repeatedly popping up through the year.
First was content designer Chris Avellone’s content being removed after allegations of sexual assault in June. Then after a delay announcement, both lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda and creative director Ka’ai Cluney were fired, with Mitsoda saying it “came as a shock”.
Then in October, Paradox confirmed that senior narrative designer Cara Ellison had left the project and Hardsuit.
Between staff exits and the pandemic, 2020 has been a heavy year for the game, which is now also dealing with adapting the game for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
“To be able to develop for the next generation, you have to have development kits from the manufacturers. And I’m pretty sure that both Sony and Microsoft were affected by the pandemic because they did not have many development kits,” Ljungerud said.