Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 development process seems to be out of the previous mess with a new lead narrative designer joining the project.
Samantha Wallschlaeger is the new lead narrative designer behind Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, filling the position over two months after the time that Brian Mitsoda was fired from the studio.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was first supposed to launch earlier in 2020, however, the COVID-19 outbreak and some other reasons pushed it back to later this year, though it was delayed once again until next year. Two months earlier, Paradox Interactive and Hardsuit Labs revealed via an official statement that Brian Mitsoda and Ka’ai Cluney would no longer be a part of the development team behind Bloodlines 2. The news completely shocked both developers who had key positions in the development process: the former was the lead narrative designer and the latter was the creative director behind the game.
Guess what, y’all? I’m now the lead narrative designer at Hardsuit Labs!! 🎉🎉🎉
At this point, I’ll just be supporting my new team in whatever tiny ways I can. But I’m so excited for future stuff, and so happy to be working with these wonderful folks!
— Samantha Wallschlaeger (@StillNotSam) October 26, 2020
Now, after over two months, Samantha Wallschlaeger announced via her official Twitter account that she is working on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 as the lead narrative designer. She also indicated her excitement for future projects as well.
The game doesn’t have an exact release date for 2021 yet, but with the development team getting repaired and refilled after its messy period around August, we could expect more news about it in the coming months.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is a direct sequel to 2004’s Bloodlines. The game is a first-person RPG set in Seattle, where you will start as a low-life vampire and then you will choose which clan you would like to join. Each clan has its own Disciplines, which simply means the skills and abilities that you would be able to achieve by joining the clan.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will be available for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC in 2021. The game will feature a free upgrade from current-gen versions to the upcoming next-gen consoles of Microsoft and Sony.