Screenshot: Bloodlines 2The troubled improvement of the sequel to Vampire: the Masquerade simply obtained much more troubled, with publishers Paradox saying tonight that not solely will the sport not be launched in 2021 as initially deliberate, however that builders Hardsuit Labs have additionally been faraway from the venture.In a press release made as a part of Paradox’s newest earnings, the writer says: We have now chosen to postpone the discharge of [Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2] additional, and we won’t be launching the sport in 2021. We have additionally determined that Hardsuit Labs will not be main the event of Bloodlines 2, and we have now began a collaboration with a brand new studio companion to complete work on the sport. This has been a troublesome resolution, however we’re satisfied that it’s the proper manner ahead to do the sport justice.Oh boy. Masquerade’s sequel has been beset by issues for years now, from writers and inventive administrators being fired from the venture to repeated (and vital) delays. Still, that is video video games, the place main speedbumps and delays aren’t precisely uncommon (look anyplace from Cyberpunk to Halo Infinite to Anthem for examples). G/O Media could get a commissionTo take away a whole studio from the sport they made (effectively, began) is one thing else, although, and it’ll be fascinating to see simply how a lot work this “new studio companion” has achieved by the point this recreation releases. If it ever releases.A second assertion on the sport’s web site provides slightly extra element, saying “Since we can’t at the moment talk a brand new launch date, we’ve additionally determined to cease accepting pre-orders in the meanwhile.”The website additionally thanks Hardsuit for his or her work up to now on the sport, including “We’d wish to take this chance to honor Hardsuit Labs for his or her efforts and thank them for his or her laborious work on the venture. The studio has achieved an incredible job in laying the foundations for the sport and we hope that you simply, the group, may even recognize their contribution to Bloodlines 2.”