It's been a while since we last heard about Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. As it turns out, that's because the game is undergoing some major changes and delays. Paradox Interactive has revealed that the RPG is being delayed indefinitely, causing it to at least come out sometime after 2021.
Additionally, the team at Hardsuit Labs has been removed from the project permanently. Paradox has stopped taking pre-orders for the game while it cannot communicate when it will release. The publisher was not clear whether it had already found a replacement studio for the project. Curiously, it did thank Hardsuit Labs for "laying the foundation" of the game, which almost reads like a backhanded compliment about how much work Hardsuit Labs is leaving undone with the team's departure from the project. You can read the full statement below.
Good morning, everyone
As you have noticed, we’ve been keeping pretty quiet for a while. With this in mind, the first piece of news we have for you is to confirm that Bloodlines 2 is still in development.
Secondly, we have made the hard decision that Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2 - which also means that we will not be releasing in 2021 as previously planned. Since we cannot at this time communicate a new release date, we've also decided to stop accepting pre-orders for the time being.
This game is very important to us and it has been an ambitious project from the very start. In order to meet our goals for it, we’ve come to the conclusion that a change is needed and, as a result, more development time is required.
We’d like to take this opportunity to honor Hardsuit Labs for their efforts and thank them for their hard work on the project. The studio has done a tremendous job in laying the foundations for the game and we hope that you, the community, will also appreciate their contribution to Bloodlines 2.
We’re thankful for your continuous support throughout the game’s development. We understand how important this is to you, and we’d love to share more with you. As soon as we can, we’ll let you know what the future development team of Bloodlines 2 will look like.
Last summer, Hardsuit Labs had fired one of the narrative writers on the game, who later said his firing came as a "shock," and that he didn't believe his team was the one holding up the project. It sounds like we won't be hearing about the game for a while, but when we learn more, we'll bring it to you here.