Paradox re-reveals Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, now developed by The Chinese Room, set to release in Fall 2024
At PAX West 2023, Paradox Interactive has re-revealed Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, announcing that the RPG is now in development at The Chinese Room (Dear Esther, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture). The game is now set to release in Fall 2024 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (Steam, Epic, GOG).
Last we heard, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 was delayed indefinitely in 2021, Paradox removed original developer Hardsuit Labs entirely from the project, and pre-orders were halted. More recently, some teaser screenshots of the re-reveal were shared in June 2023.
A new 2023 announcement trailer, studio reveal trailer, press release, screenshots, and concept artwork can be found below, via Paradox Interactive.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 | Trailer
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 | Studio Reveal
Paradox Interactive announced that The Chinese Room, a Sumo Digital studio, is developing the highly-anticipated Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 during today’s PAX West keynote. The Chinese Room brings their award-winning storytelling to Bloodlines 2, creating a high-quality Vampire: The Masquerade action RPG by talented developers with triple-A experience. Fans eager to sink their teeth into Bloodlines 2 can look forward to the gameplay reveal in January 2024 and its launch in Fall 2024.
The Chinese Room is known for creating ground-breaking first-person titles that have won awards from BAFTA, TIGA, and more for their emotionally rich narratives. The studio’s world-class background makes them well-equipped to tell a Vampire story set in modern Seattle reimagined for a World of Darkness action RPG.
“Vampire: The Masquerade holds a special place in our hearts. The story world’s dark setting filled with intricate narratives built on top of modern society perfectly fits our studio’s catalog,” Ed Daly, Studio Director at The Chinese Room, said. “Bloodlines 2 is our most ambitious project to date. Fans of the franchise have been eagerly awaiting this game, and we are up to the challenge. We are bringing more than 15 years of award-winning experience to the project, creating a game that honors the legacy of its predecessor while bringing its gameplay to the modern era.”
“We were immediately impressed when we saw The Chinese Room’s proposal for Bloodlines 2. They have a true passion for the source material, making them ideal partners to develop a story in the Vampire: The Masquerade setting that resonates with players,” Sean Greaney, Vice President of World of Darkness at publisher Paradox Interactive, said. “We are committed to making Bloodlines 2 a success. Bringing on a studio that shares our vision was critical to helping us achieve these goals. Fans of the franchise can rest assured knowing that Bloodlines 2 is in good hands, and we will have more to share with you in January.”
Bloodlines 2 is the successor to the cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Bloodlines 2 takes players to the dark underbelly of Seattle, where vampires struggle for survival and supremacy. As an Elder vampire, players meet compelling characters, maneuver complex political relationships, stalk the city streets for prey, and engage in intense combat while balancing the need for blood. Throughout the game, players must always be mindful of their surroundings or risk breaking the Masquerade – the absolute law of secrecy that keeps vampire society hidden from humanity.