Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 release postponed to 2021

Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines Blood Orb
Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines Blood Orb (Image credit: Paradox Interactive)

What you need to know

  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 was originally scheduled to release in the first quarter of 2020.
  • In October 2019, developers pushed that date back to sometime in 2020 citing quality concerns.
  • A Twitter update shared today postponed the launch to 2021 and promised organizational changes.

The developers of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced on Twitter today that the game's release has been pushed back to sometime in 2021. This is the second delay for the game, which was originally scheduled to come out in the first quarter of 2020 but was pushed back to sometime before the end of the year.

In a join statement, Hardsuit Labs CEO Andy Kipling and Paradox Interactive product manager Jakob Munthe said that the team needs more time to achieve their ambitions for the game.

"Moving launch is one of the changes we are making to ensure the best player experience possible," they wrote.

The original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines was released in 2004 and became a cult hit despite poor sales. Based off White Wolf's tabletop roleplaying game, the RPG game let players control a newly turned vampire and navigate a secret world of undead politics. The sequel is based on the most recent version of the TTRPG rules and will take place in Seattle.

The statement noted that postponing the game was not the developers' first choice and that they will be making organizational changes to avoid further delays. Updates are promised for the coming months.

Bloodlines 2 remains available for preorder for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Paradox and Microsoft have also confirmed that the game will be enhanced for the Xbox Series X and will be supported by Xbox Smart Delivery. It's also being enhanced on PS5.

Samantha Nelson