Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2: Gameplay, trailers & everything we know

Elif in Vampire Masquerade Bloodlines 2Paradox Interactive

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines’ sequel to the cult-classic 2004 game is primed to provide long-time fans with a modern, immersive experience of life as a vampire. With so much hype surrounding VTMB2, we’ve got you covered on all the details you need to know.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 stems from the World of Darkness series and is directly based on its namesake’s tabletop game.

The original 2004 title – developed by Troika Games and published by Activision – was plagued with development issues that saw its release in an unfinished, barebones state.

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Statistically, it was a flop, only becoming more and more popular as time went on. Today, it is consistently played and loved by fans of the genre, with an unofficial patch serving as the primary way to experience the game.


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With stunning graphics, VTMB2 brings the iconic franchise into the modern age.

Is there a Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 release date?

There is currently no release date set yet for VTMB2. In November of 2021, during the Q&A section of Paradox Interactive’s Q3 Interim Report, it was stated that “it’s still quite some time before we can start to talk about release dates.”

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The sequel was originally slated for a March 2020 release date, but the game was then pushed back to 2021, with developers wanting to ensure that the game is as polished as it can possibly be for fans – likely to avoid a similar situation with the first game.

On February 23, 2021, the VTMB2 website and Twitter shared a blog post that stated that Hardsuit Labs would no longer continue to lead the development of the game – and thus, the ability to preorder the game had been taken down.

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In a statement regarding earnings, Paradox Entertainment stated that they believe that “this has been a difficult decision, but we are convinced that it is the right way forward to do the game justice.”

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 trailers

There are a handful of trailers that can help to keep players’ excitement alive until more details around release are revealed.

VTMB2 Announcement trailer

The CGI trailer introduces players to the sequel’s new location, different from that of the first title’s LA setting. The narrator states that “this city will bleed you dry. Safety is bought with blood – yours, theirs, ours. Here, no one’s hands stay clean.”

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VTMB2 extended gameplay trailer

The following trailer provided fans with a first look at actual gameplay footage in June 2019, with the trailer’s narrator asking the player “welcome to the first day of the rest of your death – having fun yet?”

What is Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 about?

Set in a recreation of modern-day Seattle, players will experience life as a newborn Thin Blood – a relatively weak vampire with equally weak abilities.

Turned into a creature of the night by rogue vampires by what is referred to as a Mass Embrace – another phrase for a large, public attack – Thin Bloods are shunned by the other clans and variations of vampires within the world as lesser beings.

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In this world, the clans aim to maintain what is referred to as The Masquerade, a code that aims to hide their existence from the outside world. Violations in this code spell disaster for those that break it.

Are there any gameplay details?

After character creation – which sees you choosing a different background for your character that offers different ways to explore the game world – upgradeable disciplines provide further ways to navigate and utilize the environment around you.

Later in the game, players are also able to join one of the game’s many Full Blood clans – further expanding and developing upon the direction in which your character is taken.

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With upgradeable disciplines and skills, you can play precisely the character you want to be.

A primarily first-person experience, “Bloodlines 2 reacts to your every choice in a narrative where different paths, and outcomes, abound.” For RPG lovers everywhere, this is fantastic – allowing you to create precisely the character you want to, offering the chance of future playthroughs that are completely different from that of prior ones.

Working with characters such as The Prince of Seattle and the iconic Damsel of the original game, players will weave their way through a dark, bewitching story.

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Can you pre-order Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2?

Preorders have currently been halted for the title, but previously, PC, Xbox One, Series X/S, and PlayStation 4/5 had four different editions available.

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The four previous pre-order editions offered players a plethora of extra goodies.

From the 24-hour early access provided with the digital purchases of the Unsanctioned Blood Pack, to the 28cm statue of Elif in the Collector’s Edition, there was something for everyone. We will update you when preorders are made available once more.

So, there you have it. All of the information regarding the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.

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