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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Delayed After Developer Departs

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2's tumultuous development cycle continues.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2's tumultuous development cycle continues. / Photo courtesy of Paradox Interactive

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has removed studio Hardsuit Labs from the project and delayed the game indefinitely Tuesday. Paradox did not provide a reason for the removal or name a replacement.

"This game is very important to us and it has been an ambitious project from the very start," the company wrote in a statement. "In order to meet our goals for it, we've come to the conclusion that a change is needed and, as a result, more development time is required."

Hardsuit Labs, complete with a staff full of Vampire: The Masquerade veterans, had worked to develop Bloodlines 2 for the past several years. Several of the studio's top creatives departed over the course of development, including creative director Ka'ai Cluney, lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda and senior narrative designer Cara Ellison.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to honor Hardsuit Labs for their efforts and thank them for their hard work on the project," Paradox wrote. "The studio has done a tremendous job in laying the foundations for the game and we hope that you, the community, will also appreciate their contribution to Bloodlines 2."

Without a release date set, Paradox has halted pre-orders on Bloodlines 2.