Introducing Phyre, The Player Character in ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’
The Elder Kindred is brought to (un)life with fully voiced conversations and branching dialogue options that shape the vampire RPG’s narrative
STOCKHOLM – October 31, 2023 – Paradox Interactive and The Chinese Room today introduced Phyre, the lead protagonist in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. An Elder Kindred Embraced during the early 17th Century, Phyre influences Seattle’s power structures with fully-voiced conversations. Players will customize this protagonist, choosing gender and clan - as well as outfits, behavior and the blood they feed on, all of which affect the way Seattle reacts to Phyre and their progression. Paradox will announce the playable vampire clans on the game’s website in the coming weeks.
Learn more about Phyre in the developer commentary video here: https://youtu.be/uwXf5nMa-UI
In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, players choose one of four clans for Phyre and begin exploring Seattle’s dark vampiric-inspired underbelly. Along the way, players learn about the world around them through Fabien, the strange and ever-present voice in Phyre’s head. With branching dialogue options, every conversation with Seattle’s powerful elites shapes how the environment and characters react to Phyre, impacting how the story unfolds.
“Creating a character that resonates with players in the World of Darkness, yet shakes up what they know about Seattle, is a core pillar of our storytelling,” said Ian Thomas, Narrative Director at The Chinese Room. “We maintain Vampire: The Masquerade’s essence and leverage its dark undertones to weave Phyre’s intricate narrative. Leveraging a protagonist adds weight to the narrative choices with room for players to customize Phyre’s background throughout the story. All these elements combine to create a deeply immersive experience that players expect from a Bloodlines game while maintaining our signature Chinese Room flair.”
“Bloodlines 2 comes to life with Phyre as they wake an Elder vampire in a very different world than they remember. They have a certain edge to every encounter, whether combat or social - a few hundred years’ practice makes for an advantage,” said Sean Greaney, Executive Vice President of World of Darkness at publisher Paradox Interactive. “Seattle adapts and changes to the choices and dialogue options players choose, resulting in a different story experience.”
Fans eager for more Bloodlines 2 content can tune in to the second season of Seattle by Night, the actual play tabletop RPG series, today at 5:00 PM PT on the Penny Arcade Twitch channel. The events that transpire in Seattle by Night set the stage for Phyre’s awakening in Bloodlines 2. Catch up on season one and watch all episodes from season two after they air every Tuesday on Penny Arcade’s YouTube channel.
You can find the press kit here.