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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Feb 24, 2021, 11:42
Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed Feb 24, 2021, 11:42
Feb 24, 2021, 11:42
MrDevinoch wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 03:50:
Acleacius wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 21:15:
Task wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 20:35:
True, in the Secret Ending there's still a way to for V to go off in search of a cure. I'm not so sure they couldn't change perspectives in the Endings (at least some).

That's also in line for how the Nomad's storyline currently wraps up, so I feel like that may be the end canon if the sequel wants to do more with V, and not just create another new character from scratch (which, to be honest, might also be the plan).
Yeah, it's clearly the best long term ending. I hope the plan isn't to start a new character each time.
It would almost seem like a slap in the face. Many of us put a lot of time and effort into these long (40+ hour) RPGs.
It seems obvious we would become attached and killing off our toons with dlc, could be considered cruel.
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