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 25, 2021, 05:52
Re: Bloodlines 2 Delayed Again; Developer Removed Feb 25, 2021, 05:52
Feb 25, 2021, 05:52
Jivaro wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 15:20:
Wesp5 wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 01:52:
Jivaro wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 00:26:
Also, why don't they just hire Wesp?

You might be laughing, but before Mitsoda and the others were fired there were talks with Paradox that I and other famous Bloodlines modders should help with beta testing, but sadly it never got that far. They might better have asked us earlier as it seems we knew more about such a game than HSL ;)!

If I am Paradox you are on speed dial from the beginning of development. It's a waste of talent and resources to not do. I am not just saying that to blow sunshine up your ass either. It's the reality. In addition to that, the core audience respects you. It's an obvious call to make. Hopefully with this decision to change it up, maybe they get some sense and reach out. Make sure you charge them.

Not to belittle Wesp's prowess, as he is certainly a god among men in his dedication and tenacity to fix and improve what has become, partly due to his contributions, a cult classic...
But in depth knowledge of a particular game and how it works under the hood isn't necessarily all that valuable when dealing with a new game on a different engine with a new developer.
Though he could certainly help with keeping the "feel" through testing if that's something they wanted to replicate... and that's probably what they were looking for but sounds like they didn't even get that far.
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