More Talent Departs Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2's lead narrative designer has left the studio.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2's lead narrative designer has left the studio. | Photo by Hardsuit Labs/Paradox

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has lost senior narrative designer Cara Ellison, who has left developer Hardsuit Labs. She is the third major member of the design team to depart before the game's release in 2021 — lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda and creative director Ka'ai Cluney left in August.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2's publisher Paradox Interactive confirmed Ellison's departure to PC Gamer.

"We can confirm that Cara Ellison has decided to leave Hardsuit Labs and is no longer working on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2," the company said through a spokesperson. "Cara brought fresh ideas to the project and many of her contributions will be present in the game launching next year. We thank her for her work on Bloodlines 2 and wish her the best in all of her future endeavors."

Ellison appears to have scrubbed her involvement with the game from her Twitter profile, per GameInformer. She has joined Armello developer League of Geeks as senior narrative designer.

It's possible Ellison's departure is benign, but given Mitsoda and Cluney's abrupt firing, it appears likely something is going wrong at Hardsuit Labs. Hardsuit and Paradox announced the firings a week after delaying Bloodlines 2 into 2021.