Chalk up another loss on our most anticipated 2021 list. Paradox Interactive announced that not only has Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 been delayed beyond this year, but the developer, Hardsuit Labs, has been removed from the project.

“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.”

A delay is one thing, and not uncommon with big, highly anticipated releases. Firing the developer is another problem altogether, and speaks to a much larger issue with development.

This isn’t the first unsettling update regarding Bloodlines 2’s development, as last summer the publisher announced the firing of the lead narrative designer and creative director, which pushed the then-release date from 2020 to 2021.

Bloodlines 2 was initially revealed in 2019 as a sequel to the 2004 cult classic vampire RPG, based on the tabletop RPG.

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