Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed

A Development Update on the Bloodlines 2 Website reveals another delay to Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. Paradox Interactive also announces they are removing Hardsuit Labs from the project, which will continue on with a new developer. They cannot project a new release date, so they are no longer accepting preorders for the game. At this point, it almost seems like Bloodlines 2 is cursed, as it's already suffered a couple of delays, the removal of writer Chris Avellone following a scandal, and a previous shakeup of the development team. The latest delay is not a complete surprise, as it was foreshadowed in December. Perhaps the whole franchise is jinxed, as Troika, developer of the original Bloodlines, closed down before the game was even released. Here is the latest news:
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.
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Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed
Feb 23, 2021, 13:16
Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed Feb 23, 2021, 13:16
Feb 23, 2021, 13:16
Who called this over a year ago and said HSL did not have the talent or expertise to pull this off and either was going to put out a sub par product at best or project collapse at worst? oh yes that was me. If the 2010 looking trailer or endless delay didn't tell you something like this was coming you were not paying attention. For those that disputed what I said a while ago that I assume you will be adult enough to admit you were wrong. (we all know won't happen those people will just pretend they never said it chuckle)

On a more serious note I agree, it's going to be at LEAST retooled to some degree if not mostly redone. I said this when Paradox got the IP have Obsidian or CDPR do the game, either one of them can pull this off. HSL was over its head right out of the gate, clear as day to those of us following it from the start.

This comment was edited on Feb 23, 2021, 13:35.
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