Ever since its announcement a little while back, Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 has been getting fans all sorts of riled up for its early 2020 release. That said, it looks like Drac is going to need a little extra time in the coffin.
The official Twitter account for the upcoming game shared an update, announcing that it has been delayed to late 2020. It links to a blog post straight from the development team at Hardsuit Labs, with Andy Kipling and Brian Mitsoda going into detail about the delay.
“For the last three and a half years, we’ve worked hard to bring you a worthy successor to Bloodlines 1. To us, that meant not only making good on the ambitions of this remarkable game but also a duty to ensure we would not repeat its mistakes. Today, we have to tell you that we need some more time to get you the game you’ve been waiting for. Although Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will still launch in 2020, we have decided to value quality over making the Q1 launch window,” the team explained.
“There are some things we wanted to hit under all circumstances when we set out to follow in Bloodlines’ footsteps: A deep, branching storyline; fascinating and amazingly acted characters; the rich universe of the World of Darkness. We firmly believe that we’re on the right track to get you all of this.
“On the flip side, there’s the responsibility to avoid some of the issues that plagued the first game, which was famously launched too early. Over the last few months, it became clear that to stick to our original date would risk repeating that mistake. We won’t do that. In the end, everyone working on this game wants to offer you the best Bloodlines 2 we can.
“This hasn’t been easy- nor our first choice. Throughout 2019 we have been improving our processes and growing our teams. However, it soon became clear that this alone won’t allow us to deliver the quality we want at the date we promised.”
The company also noted it will present at PDXCon this weekend, with a livestream taking place on Saturday, October 21. A Reddit thread will be available for those that have questions about the game.
The delay is sad news, but that will make Bloodlines 2 all the better in the long run.
Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 will release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in late 2020.