Instead of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, which keeps getting delayed and postponed indefinitely, we’ve been suddenly announced a new game set in the world of VtM. Genre? battle royale. What fans of the system did not expect was that Masquerade could be turned into a fun “survival-only-the-mightiest” combat. But what about the Masquerade itself? What about the need to hide your vampire powers and abilities from people and other creatures, what about the habit of hiding in the shadows and following the rules?
The announcement, in fact, is not sudden, it was back in November 2020, but somehow passed by most of the players – probably on the wave of hype for Bloodlines 2. In addition, the game did not even have a name at that time. And yesterday, June 10, at the Summer Games Fest, Sharkmob developers showed a gameplay trailer and promised that the game (proudly named Blood Hunt) would be released at the end of 2021.
The game is planned to be free, with certain paid features (but, according to the developers, no pay-to-win). Fights from a third person will take place on the streets of Prague – both in the narrow alleys of the old city, and on quite modern avenues and in sparkling disco clubs. In the trailer, almost all vampires run around with modern weapons like machine guns – there is nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s rather strange to see the slogan “use supernatural vampire abilities” and immediately watch quite a basic street shootout.
They promise a maximum of 45 players per map (teams can consist of three people), classically shrinking territory (walls of red fog are deadly for some reason), the need to loot weapons and healers, that is, blood packs. There are three vampire clans so far: Brujah, Nosferatu and Toreador, perhaps more will be added later. You can “feed” on civilians, using them as first-aid kits, but this can be fraught with violation of the Masquerade (in game terms, you will have a debuff that makes the character visible to enemies for one minute). What is somehow… stupid? It turns out that shooting and mutual vampire gnawing in the city center, with running along the walls and jumping on the roofs of the Masquerade does not harm the Masquerade in any way, but one small innocent piece is all, a nightmare, horror, go down the drain?
According to VtM lore, by the way, Blood Hunt is the destruction of a particularly dangerous criminal vampire on the orders of the leader of the Camarilla. It usually looks like “all for one”, but other options can be imagined. The very game of the Hunt, without violating the Masquerade, would be very interesting. But how will it actually be implemented?
For those interested: on the official website of Blood Hunt, you can register to participate in the closed alpha test, which will begin in July.
In general, the impressions of the announcement so far … strange.At worst, the developers will fail miserably or produce another mediocre franchise product that deserves better (like Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York or Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest). Should we hope for Bloodlines 2 at all, or has it finally sunk into the abyss of broken promises?
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Vampire: The Masquerade – Blood Hunt will be released on PC (Steam) at the end of 2021, at the moment it can be added to the wishlist. Release on consoles in the plans of the developers ..