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.