Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is an upcoming action role-playing video game published by Paradox Interactive. A sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (2004), the game is part of the World of Darkness series and based on the tabletop role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. It was originally developed by Hardsuit Labs, but in February 2021 the publisher announced that production had been moved to another developer. The game follows a human in 21st-century Seattle, who is killed and revived as a “thinblood” vampire. It is mainly played in a first-person perspective, alternating to third-person for contextual activities.
The player assigns their character one of three disciplines—unique and upgradable powers—before joining one of several vampire clans. The player character is one of a number of humans turned into vampires during a Mass Embrace, an incident in which rogue vampires publicly attacked humans, breaking the Masquerade and causing discord between the city’s vampire groups. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 takes place in 21st-century Seattle, during the holiday season. Set in the World of Darkness, the game depicts a world in which vampires, werewolves, demons, and other creatures shape human history.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is presented mainly from the first-person perspective, alternating to third-person for contextual activities such as specific attacks. Before the game begins, players create a vampire character, and can select a character background that informs who they were as a human, such as a barista (the default background, with no bonuses), career criminal, coroner, or a police officer, with each offering different dialog and interaction options with the game world. The player character’s pronouns are chosen independently from their selected body type.
After starting the game, the thinblood must choose from one of three upgradable disciplines: Chiropteran (gliding and summoning bats), Mentalism (levitating objects and people), and Nebulation (summoning mist to attack, conceal oneself, or transforming into mist to move through small spaces). The thinblood can eventually join one of five vampire clans, after which they have access to its specific disciplines and upgrades in addition to their original disciplines. Although some disciplines overlap clans, no two clans share the same combination. The player can engage in side missions away from the main story, some of which can be discovered through exploration.