The sequel to the cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines has been delayed. While initially slated for a Q1 2020 release, today’s developer blog post confirms that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will launch later in 2020.
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 will launch later in 2020 than we planned. Simply put, we believe quality is more important than releasing in Q1.
— Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (@VtM_Bloodlines) October 16, 2019
While all delays are disappointing, I respect the decision. A game’s quality should always be prioritized, and if it takes more time to make that happen, then so be it. The blog post details some of the things that the developers are trying to get right:
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.
The first V:TMB was incredible. At the time, controlling a vampire was a novel experience, and the game’s RPG elements felt natural and unique. We’ve seen other good vampire games with effective RPG-elements, but nothing since has had the same lightning-in-a-bottle feel. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is very ambitious, though, and if the team at Hardsuit Labs can recapture the magic of the original title, I’m happy to let them take all the time they need. Let’s just hope Miyamoto’s famous maxim proves true–a delayed game can still be good, but rushed games are often bad.
Unfortunately, this is not the only marquee game that has been delayed recently. Many of us at DualShockers are still reeling from the news that Doom Eternal won’t release this year. Development teams taking the time they need is definitely a good thing, but being promised one thing and given another is still frustrating.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will release sometime in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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