The CEO of Paradox has stated that he does not believe vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 arrives in the first half of 2021.
In statements to the Swedish newspaper, Placera Ebba Ljungerud explained that “I don’t think it’s going to come out in the first half of the year, but we’ll see.”
The game was initially scheduled for the first quarter of 2020 but has already suffered two delays and a turbulent development process. In June of this year, the publisher confirmed that Chris Avellone’s contributions would be removed from the game after several information was published pointing to sexual harassment cases committed by the well-known developer.
In August 2020, when the developer, Hardsuit Labs, and Paradox Interactive, the publisher, confirmed a further delay, “organizational changes” in development were announced to “ensure the best possible experience”.
Among those changes, as confirmed a few weeks later, was the march of lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda and creative director Ka’ai Cluney. The first stated that the decision “came to him by surprise” and that he did not expect his dismissal.
To finish it off, in October Paradox also confirmed the march of senior narrative designer Cara Ellison, who also stopped working at Hardsuit Labs.
According to the article published on Placera, Paradox’s decision to adapt the game for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, as well as the march of several developers and the global coronavirus pandemic, are the factors that have motivated all these delays.
According to Ljungerud, “in order to develop for the next generation, you need manufacturers’ development kits. And I’m convinced that both Sony and Microsoft were affected by the pandemic, because they didn’t have many development kits.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was announced in the 2019 GDC, being the sequel to the cult RPG originally released in 2004. Hardsuit Labs, the development studio in charge of this sequel, previously worked on titles such as Blacklight: Retribution.