Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is a direct sequel to Troika’s acclaimed but troubled 2004 title. Published by Paradox Interactive, who acquired White Wolf and thus the rights to Bloodlines in 2015, the game places the player into the role of a recently-turned fledgling vampire who finds themselves in the middle of a blood trade war in modern-day Seattle.
The Bloodlines‘ lead designer and writer Brian Mitsoda has worked as lead narrative designer of the sequel. The game promises the same open-ended play and freedom of choice as the original, from the way the protagonist uses (or abuses) their newfound vampiric powers, to which of the city’s factions they curry favor with.
Regardless of platform or edition, pre-ordering VtM: Bloodlines 2 nets you the First Blood Pack, which includes the following:
- Official Soundtrack
- Engraved Pistol Weapon Skin
- Retro Hunter Outfit
- Civil War Saber Weapon Skin
The game’s two premium editions are detailed below.
Unsanctioned Edition ($69.99)
The Deluxe Edition, aka the Unsanctioned Edition of Bloodlines 2 comes with 24-hour early access and the Unsanctioned Blood Pack. The latter comprises the following in-game items:
- Art Book
- Developer Commentary feat. Brian Mitsoda
- Smiling Jack Outfit
- Jeanette Outfit
- Severed Arm Weapon Skin
- Sarcophagus Table
- Damsel’s Beret
- Voerman Family Portrait
- Stop Sign Item
Blood Moon Edition ($89.99)
The Blood Moon Edition (aka the Premium Edition) adds a Season Pass on top of everything listed so far. To reiterate, you get the following in addition to the base game:
- 24-hour Early Access
- Unsanctioned Blood Pack
- “Season of the Wolf” Season Pass:
- Bludgeon Weapon Skin (available on Day 1)
- Story Pack 1
- Story Pack 2
You can also refer to this chart the publisher has released to compare each edition’s contents at a glance.
Lastly, we have the Collector’s Edition, which is exclusive to the official Paradox Interactive Store and can be ordered with or without a copy of the game. In case of the latter, you will just get the collectibles without the game or DLC. The contents are as follows:
- 28cm resin statue of Elif
- Poster of the map of Seattle
- Steelbook case
- Soundtrack on a 7″ Vinyl
- Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition Corebook (digital)
- 3 DLC:
- First Blood Pre-Order Pack
- Unsanctioned Blood Pack
- Season of the Wolf Pass
Originally scheduled for March 2020, the release of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been postponed to 2022. Publisher Paradox Interactive has confirmed that the game is still under development, albeit no longer being worked on by the original developer Hardsuit Labs. The game is expected to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC as well as next-gen consoles.