Bloodlines 2 Won’t Be An Immersive Sim Anymore

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The Chinese Room’s rebooted version of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 won’t be an immersive sim like Hardsuit Labs’ version of the game was said to be.


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The past few years haven’t been the best time to be a fan of Vampire: The Masquerade. Not only did Bloodhunt fail to make an impact in the battle royale space, but the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic Bloodlines was stuck in development hell for many years, with development impacted by sexual assault allegations made against one of the writers, Chris Avellone, among other things. This eventually led to the game’s original developers, Hardsuit Labs, being replaced by The Chinese Room, a change that was only just announced earlier this month.

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As great as it is that we might finally get to see Bloodlines 2 release after all these years, it sounds like The Chinese Room’s version of the sequel is going to be very different from both the original game and what Hardsuit Labs was cooking up. While speaking to TheGamer at PAX West, Bloodlines 2 game director Alex Skidmore revealed that the rebooted version of the game won’t be an immersive sim like the original was and like Hardsuit Labs’ version of the sequel was meant to be.

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After being asked whether The Chinese Room thinks about the sequel in terms of its immersive sim qualities, Skidmore said, “I don’t know if we would use the word immersive sim”, before going into examples of how the game’s combat can be approached in various ways and discussing how the roleplaying sections of Bloodlines 2 can result in different experiences for different players.

Although Skidmore’s comments highlight that Bloodlines 2 will offer a variety of different ways to approach its combat and RPG mechanics, it makes it sound a lot more like an RPG than an immersive sim, something that’s backed up by Skidmore saying Bloodlines 2 is a chance for The Chinese Room to “plant our flag in an RPG” during the same interview with TheGamer.

A dark house in Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2.

This is an interesting direction for the sequel as the original game is one of the most beloved immersive sims out there, something that Hardsuit Labs seemed to be trying to follow suit. Numerous previews for the original version of Bloodlines 2, like this one from Eurogamer in 2019 and another from PCGamesN from the same year, confirm that it was trying to be an immersive sim like the original game. This new approach for Bloodlines 2 isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does suggest that it’s going to be a very different game than what Hardsuit Labs was setting out to make.

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