Paradox Interactive continues to drop hints of a possible Vampire: the Masquerade game

    
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My first instinct upon seeing indications that publisher/developer Paradox Interactive is working on a game based on Vampire: the Masquerade was extreme intrigue. My second was to write as many vampire puns as possible. Bree would probably dislike that, though, so I’ll focus on what is known right now instead: A series of images and a dating app ARG are leaning toward a new title based on the World of Darkness IP.

Specifics are scarce — these are teases, after all — but a Twitter thread has been sharing a variety of images from the game in question. Astute observers have recognized these locales as the Surfside Diner, the Malkavian Mansion, and more. Fans of the few WoD games out there will likely recall these as places within Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines, a single-player RPG.

The World of Darkness IP has had a bumpy history in gaming recently: It was sold to Paradox Interactive by CCP in October 2015 after the company decided to halt development of an MMO based on the franchise. The news there fell silent until indicators of a Werewolf: the Apocalypse game arose in January 2017.

According to a former CM of the Dogma: Eternal Night MMO, Paradox had approached the founder about cooperating, which was reportedly flatly refused. That said, these current hints seem to lean towards some new single-player something-or-other, with more details due to be revealed at this year’s Game Developers Conference.

sources: Twitter, PC Gamer via Reddit
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Hirku

There’s a pre-order page on GOG for Vampire Bloodlines 2, due in March 2020!

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Gene Elder

They need a strait up World of Darkness MMO sandbox with all five game systems Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, Changeling and Wraith. I suggest using the 2nd Generation ruleset, but only because im not familiar with any changes after that. I absolutely loved how they dealt with stats and success rolls, and I felt their powers were dead on. I would also love if they were somehow able to include the merits and flaws system. I would often play chars with more flaws than merits in P&P sessions.
I dont know if its possible, but how cool would it be to have all 5 game systems as solo playable games that had entire storylines that ran from lvl1 to lvl cap and at any time you could leave the safety (relative safety) of your game system (say the afterworld of Wraith where only wraiths can exist, or the penumbra of Werewolf) to venture into the greater world of darkness where other game systems exist as well. I would also squeee at the idea of expansions like the other shifters or the Sabbat or hunters, risen and so on.
With all this endless possibility, im surprised its not gotten out of the design process so far.

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Rolan Storm

*paces back and forth* Is it remake? It is. It might be? Could it be? It could! The places are recognizable. Maybe not? Whatever, it is WoD…

*sits down and watches clock*

:)

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Bruno Brito

I’ll believe it when i see it.

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Rolan Storm

Ha! Right on, Bruno. Right on.

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PurpleCopper

Who still plays Vampire the Masquerade? Do goths still do? I’m having a hard time imagining who the audience will be for a VtM MMO…

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Bruno Brito

I do. Lots of my friends do, problem with RPGs is just to find a open spot on the chronogram.

But believing that only goths play Vampire is ingenuity. Lots of people can like the setting and not be goths ( me, for instance ).

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Gene Elder

The modern viking crowd are big Werewolf gamers.

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Fenrir Wolf

Sigh.

Certainly, Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines was a compelling experience, a story worth telling, but I doubt they’d manage a narrative feat so powerful again. Lightning tends to not strike twice like that, especially since Troika are long dead and they’ve not got the talented people at Obsidian on it.

Still, I do wish we’d finally get that Werewolf game they keep teasing us with. It’s unfortunate, really. I long for more experiences involving werewolves, dragons, or damn nearly anything less human. Sadly, if there’s one thing humanity is good at, it’s being fetishistically obsessed with their own species. And how!

It’s not going to be a good look when we first meet alien life, is it? Them thar aliens dun’ look none too like us humany-folk, an’ they insult us by havin’ no hands t’shake, backs t’pat, or eyes to let us stare ’em down like the big, manly predators we are. Let’s smite ’em all wit’ our nukes! See you in hell, aliens! Et cetera.

I wish I could say that’s as cynical of a potential reality as I’d like it to be.

Let’s be honest, most non-human experiences that deviate a little too much from comfort zones don’t tend to do so well. I’m still bitter about Lair, which was good gosh darn it if you took the time to figure out the controls. Hard as nails difficult, sure, but ruddy good!

There’s literally a handful of successes I can think of that aren’t reviled. And I think that’s the daunting reality they face by developing a Werewolf IP title.

I think they know that, too. Which is why I worry that it’ll end up in development hell again before being cancelled, only to be quickly replaced by more titles which are comfortingly familiar.

This is one of the most disappointing aspects of humans as a species. Really self-obsessed. Not with themselves as individuals, per se, but with their species, and their groups, often resulting in bigotry hierarchies which are entirely unnecessary.

Looking at this obsession from the outside, it just looks very silly.

I mean, I guess some people will think I’m just being tongue-in-cheek here, facetious, or simply insane. The truth is, though, as I’ve pointed out before, that we live in a reality where parents will feed their kids bleach and refuse to vaccinate them out of fear of autism. And autistic kids are sent off to a gulag to be tortured (the Judge Rotenberg Center) just for the “sin” of being different and not behaving as neurotypicals do.

I’ve heard horror stories of that place, of physical abuse and electro-shocks for acting even slightly not neurotypical. So, you know, I don’t have much faith in humanity to not be Universally narcissistic.

Disappointing, isn’t it? That’s why I want to play as a werewolf instead, dash it all!

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Bruno Brito

We don’t know, to be fair. VtM didn’t had a MMO so maybe it can be like, really fucking good.

Disappointing, isn’t it? That’s why I want to play as a werewolf instead, dash it all!

I’ll just wait 100 years so progress can get rid of you loathsome beasts! All while i watch from my ivory tower <3

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Jeff Risu Dailey

Don’t go playing games with my heart. It’s all cold and shrivelled from when CCP was “working” on the IP and let us all down.

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Gene Elder

IKR!!! I still refuse to give CCP any money, and I rather enjoyed mining in EVE.

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IronSalamander8 .

I love Paradox games and after awhile of serious issues with their product, they had been better at hammering the bugs down, but the latest expansion for Stellaris was in bad shape, and even after several patches, while it is better, it’s still a mess. I’m still wiping out all the messy organics with my determined exterminator bots but it’s not as efficient as it used to be!

So how they’ll handle this one, we’ll have to wait and see. Could be good if done well and they bug squash heavily before launch. Haven’t played a WoD game in years though.

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silverlock

Man they really cranked up the micro management with 2.2 to. Once you get over 20 planets you end up spending all your time on them making it hard to wage war.

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IronSalamander8 .

Yep. The automatic sectors are terrible too. I’ve actually slowed the game down, I normally run at 2x speed at peace, just to deal with all the issues that pop constantly once your empire is reasonably large or larger.

The old planet system wasn’t perfect but it was less annoying. The constant issues of not enough housing, not enough jobs, gets irritating in a hurry. I can’t even imagine playing it multiplayer right now as I have to pause constantly to keep up with all this!

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Cypher

Ugh! Stellaris. .. my most anticipated paradox game. Now the only one I regret buying, and I own their entire catalogue.

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TomTurtle

I would love to see a Bloodlines remake that isn’t buggy but also retains the light personality of the original. A big part of the charm of the game was how silly it could be.

I’d also love to see them add in new content, such as some of the cut content that modders put back in.

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PanagiotisLial1

I really hope we see a World of Darkness game again, mmo or not.

Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption is one of my favorite rpgs of all time

Its booklet was pretty much a background story booklet with a lot of lore and detailing the various vampire sects

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Rolan Storm

Great game. For it’s time, that is.

Re-played a couple years back. I never knew whom voevoda turns into, never got to that. This time I did everything right and got into lightside ending full throttle. And seeing the transformation after the words “now you will see true power of Carpathian Voevoda!” made me laugh for a few good minutes. “Power”… :D Also I configured my chars to be powerhouses, I don’t remember which it was but there is a flow in the game system that allows making them quite deadly.