Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will now launch later in 2020 according to an official website post from lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda, who took the time to explain some of the rationale behind the decision that will see the heavily-anticipated Paradox title delayed beyond its original Q1 launch target date. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to a cult-classic tabletop-inspired RPG title from 2004 that, despite various bugs and glitches, remained one of the most influential and ambitious releases of its generation.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 was originally announced on March 21, 2019, when publisher Paradox hosted a Twitch.tv stream that was preceded by a fake dating app release and culminated in a messy, bloody live action climax that also revealed the game's development. Since then, details have slowly trickled out about what the game will look and play like, and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 remains a game that could easily be a sleeper hit in a year that's completely stacked with high-profile releases.
While the game was originally slated to release in Q1 2020, a new blog post from Mitsoda unveiled that developer Hardsuit Labs and Paradox would need more time to ensure the game meets a certain standard of quality. The blog post acknowledged that the team feels a responsibility to "avoid some of the issues that plagued the first game, which famously launched too early," and the attention being paid to the game's predecessor's shortcomings suggests that the delay is less because there are major issues to work out and more that the team wants to minimize the amount of glitches, bugs, and general unpleasantness that's uncovered post-launch. In game's as ambitious and sprawling as Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, there will inevitably be things the developers don't catch, but Mitsoda suggests feedback from fans also contributed to the decision:
"Over the last few months, it became clear that to stick to our original date would risk repeating [the first game's] mistake. We won't do that. In the end, everyone working on this game wants to offer you the best Bloodlines 2 we can...
Your feedback was invaluable in this. It helped us give the proper weight to what we saw, as well. We'd like to thank you, and hope you'll support us in the decision that came from it."
Fans have responded positively so far, and they should - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will inevitably help the game. Obviously, avoiding the pitfalls of the first game - which could have been one of the best RPGs of all-time had it shored up many issues that were extraneous to the core gameplay and design - is a key priority. The delay will also have the benefit of providing Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 some breathing room in an incredibly busy 2020. It's original release date would have put it within the same quarter as games like The Last of Us 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Cyberpunk 2077, to name just a few of the AAA titles launching in that period. With some distance from that, there's a better chance for the game to shine.
As of right now, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 doesn't have a specific launch date - Mitsoda simply indicated that it would still launch in 2020. While it's disappointing to realize that fans will have to wait longer for the already long-awaited sequel to an influential favorite, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will inevitably be better off with this delay, both from a technical standpoint and from a release window one.