Para­dox Inter­ac­tive has announced some major changes for Vam­pire: The Mas­quer­ade — Blood­lines 2. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the long-await­ed game has been delayed again, but the pub­lish­er Para­dox has decid­ed to part ways with devel­op­er Hard­suit Labs. They no longer work on the game.

After a delay in 2020, Blood­line 2 was expect­ed to release in 2021 as devel­op­ment was in the pol­ish­ing stage. How­ev­er, in its lat­est earn­ing release, Para­dox announced the sequel to Vam­pire: The Mas­quer­ade will no longer be releas­ing in 2021 at all, and that a new stu­dio is now work­ing on the Blood­lines 2.

Para­dox CEO Ebba Ljungerud gave a state­ment about the deci­sion to switch stu­dios so far into pro­duc­tion, ensur­ing fans get the qual­i­ty game they deserve.

We have now cho­sen to post­pone the release of the game fur­ther, and we will not be launch­ing the game in 2021. We have also decid­ed that Hard­suit Labs will no longer be lead­ing the devel­op­ment of Blood­lines 2, and we have start­ed a col­lab­o­ra­tion with a new stu­dio part­ner to fin­ish work on the game. This has been a dif­fi­cult deci­sion, but we are con­vinced that it is the right way for­ward to do the game justice.”

In a sep­a­rate mes­sage on the game’s offi­cial web­site, it’s been con­firmed that pre­orders have been halt­ed until a new release date has been agreed upon. The Epic Game Store has already blocked fur­ther pre­orders from being purchased.