Vampire: The Masquerade could be getting a new game, if all the teasing from developer Paradox Interactive is to be believed. The studio was hard at work turning the rumor mill over the course of the weekend, tweeting a series of images that strongly suggest a new Vampire: The Masquerade game is coming soon.
The last iteration of the tabletop franchise to grace the video game industry was Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines, which released way back in 2004. That game became a cult classic that gradually built up a fan base years after its initial release, and was remarkably innovative for its time, featuring a number of RPG elements that would later become staples of the genre found within games like Fallout. Paradox Interactive has been teasing a potentially new game for months now, having released an elaborate alternate reality game in the form of the dating app Tender.
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The concept art that Paradox revealed over the weekend is a strong indicator a return to the world of Vampire: The Masquerade is imminent. The pictures are consistent with both the art style and setting fans would expect, and were accompanied by advertisements for the Tender ARG, which is predominately related to blood and conspiracy theories - two things that heavily present in the franchise. Take a look at some of the Tweets released, and note that the developer is also saying that there's something big happening on the 21st of this month, coincidentally one of the last days of GDC 2019:
We know there is something big happening on the 21st - but what? Will we finally get our soulmate? What does it all mean?— Paradox Interactive (@PdxInteractive) March 17, 2019
Thread incoming - This is what we have dug up so far - Maybe you could check out https://t.co/1etoJVjF8f and help us find out more? 😉 #tenderbeta pic.twitter.com/q7y1uAWTTK
Vampire: The Masquerade looks an awful lot like these stills. It's possible the game will be based on the 5th edition of the tabletop offering, which released in the interim between Bloodlines' release and the teased game now. There's also some concept art of an eatery in particular that showcases the kind of blood spatter fans would associate with an RPG about vampires, and it's the one that most strongly indicates we're finally going to get a followup on one of the most criminally underrated games of the mid-2000s.
Fans are ready, if nothing else. Vampire: The Masquerade is one of the better fantasy properties out there, and in a world where games like Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and World of Warcraft can all find success with similarly well-structured narratives and unique spins of archetypes, there's no reason Paradox Interactive's sequel couldn't do the same. All signs point to that being the case, but we'll just have to wait and see when March 21 rolls around.