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Former Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Studio Hit with Layoffs

Several developers at Hardsuit Labs have been laid off.
Several developers at Hardsuit Labs have been laid off. / Photo courtesy of Paradox

Several workers at development studio Hardsuit Labs have been laid off following the studio's removal from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.

Narrative designer Anna C. Webster tweeted Monday she and the three other members of the narrative department, "and many others" had been laid off. Lead narrative designer Samantha Wallschlaeger tweeted the same.

Producer Austin Maestre, not a member of the narrative department, also tweeted about being laid off. The full scope of the layoffs is unclear; DBLTAP has reached out to Hardsuit for comment.

Bloodlines 2, a sequel to the cult classic RPG of the same name, was expected to see release in 2021. Instead, publisher Paradox pulled Hardsuit Labs from the project after a delay and several high profile personnel changes at the studio. Paradox has yet to announce a replacement studio or a new release date. It also did not provide a reason for the change in studio.