Only receiving its reveal last week at GDC 2019, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has gotten some more details in terms of story progress.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will not feature Day and Night Cycle
The newly announced sequel to the 2004 Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines by developer Paradox Interactive and Harsuit Labs, Bloodlines 2 will focus on a new city, a story based in Seattle. While RPGs mostly depict their storylines with a day and night cycle, Bloodlines 2 will not have this feature.
In an article by Dualshockers, they asked Creative Director Martin Ka’ai Cluney about how the narrative will progress in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Although time will progress throughout the story, it will not go from day to night:
In terms of a day/night cycle, we just didn’t want to get into it. We didn’t feel like there was enough benefit to actually supporting it. You’re always there at night, you can’t do anything in the day.
The explanation of this seems to make sense as the story revolves around vampires who only come out at night. This has been seen in other vampire focused games such as the recent action-RPG Vampyr which also progressed its storyline only during the night. As this is a staple in a lot of vampire lore, this decision seems pretty logical and reinforced by Cluney who shared “effectively [its] always 1:30 in the morning.”
In this title you will have the option to go to sleep, but the fun doesn’t stop while you’re resting:
We do have ways to push you through the story. You can go to sleep…and sometimes things will happen while you’re sleeping. Other times, you’ll need to sleep, vampires need rest too.
From this it looks like the game will focus on a natural progression of the story but will also continue to evolve while your character sleeps to help the flow of the game.
In recent interview with Polygon, Cluney also shared the premise behind the sequel, saying that while “it’s totally fine if players stream the game” but this isn’t the main draw for them:
…Bloodlines 2 is a game about players making their own choices, imagining their own backstory, and taking their own path.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will release on Playstation 4, PC and Xbox One in Q1 2020.
If you want to know more about this action RPG you can learn more about the title and not miss out on the pre-orders in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Announced For 2020. If you want more vampire action you can check out our Vampyr Review – Taking A Bite Out Of The RPG Genre.