Paradox Interactive and The Chinese Room Unveil Gameplay for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Creative Director Alex Skidmore explains how players will explore Seattle as a Brujah Kindred, showcasing Disciplines and more
STOCKHOLM – January 31, 2024 – Today, Paradox Interactive and The Chinese Room released two gameplay videos for the upcoming first-person action RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. The Chinese Room’s Creative Director, Alex Skidmore, was joined by TCR Community Manager Joshua Matthews to deep-dive into the game’s mechanics and setting while exploring Seattle as a Brujah Kindred. Additional gameplay videos detailing the Brujah and other clans in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be released in the coming months.
Check out the action-packed gameplay trailer here: https://youtu.be/ja1rtSS4YlI
Hear more from the TCR team in the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwhvfH-Ij8Q
Matthews and Skidmore highlight an early-game mission, discussing why the player character, Phyre, infiltrates an abandoned warehouse to uncover clues about the mysterious mark on their hand. Players must choose their actions wisely, whether confronting the court's secret keeper like Willem or meeting unruly ghouls and illusions that cloud the environment. Acting as “The Sheriff” of the Court, Phyre's choices impact how the world perceives them and bring them closer to uncovering Seattle's secrets.
Each clan has its own playstyle and Disciplines, creating different ways to explore. Whether it’s the Brujah’s brute force, Banu Haqim’s cloak-and-dagger approach, Ventrue’s cutthroat manipulation, or Tremere’s blood magic, players have a wide range of options. Details on each clan’s respective Disciplines will be available this year.
“The gameplay and action of Bloodlines 2 is a sort of dance. As players explore the world, soak in the atmosphere, and make strategic choices, they affect their relationships with the characters around them,” explained Alex Skidmore, Creative Director at The Chinese Room. “Players can choose their legend, but the world is dynamic, and characters will remember how you treat them. Think carefully, and trust no one.”
Kindred Key Features Include:
Feeding for Power: Feeding is a critical element of strengthening Phyre’s abilities and reflects the nature of the clan selected.
Telekinesis: Distract enemies by lifting and throwing objects or pulling foes closer to deliver the final punch.
Heightened Senses: See things others can’t see or hear. Focus from great distances and see what mere humans would miss in each mission and puzzle.
Fabien’s Judgement: While all major characters in Seattle build opinions of Phyre based on their interactions with the world, Fabien sees and hears all.
Bloodlines 2 is the successor to the cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. In Bloodlines 2, players choose one of four clans for Phyre: the rebellious Brujah, blood sorcery masters Tremere, adjudicators of justice Banu Haqim, or the persuasive Ventrue. Wishlist the game today on Steam, Epic Games, GOG, Microsoft Store on Xbox, and PlayStation Store.
The press kit is here.