Paradox Interactive and developer Hardsuit Labs have announced their Lead Narrative Designer and Creative Director are no longer working on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
We previously reported how the game was delayed to 2021. Paradox Interactive stated “This is not a decision taken lightly nor is it the first option we considered. We will share more information in the coming months on launch timing and other organizational changes that will help us achieve this goal.”
Some of these organizational changes have been revealed; with a statement today revealing that Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda and Creative Director Ka’ai Cluney are no longer employed at Hardsuit Labs.
The move was a joint decision by leadership, though the reasons beyond that were not stated. Alexandre Mandryka has become the Creative Consultant, filling in for Cluney’s duties. The new Lead Narrative Designer or if Mandryka’s duties would include those of a Lead Narrative Designer were not announced.
You can find the statement in full below.
“Paradox Interactive and Hardsuit Labs have some important updates to share today. We recently shared that we were making some organizational changes to the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 team, as promised, we will now give an update on what that means.
Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda and Creative Director Ka’ai Cluney are no longer part of the team at Hardsuit Labs. This was a joint decision made by the leadership of Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive.
We appreciate, and value, the contributions of Brian and Ka’ai, which were instrumental in establishing the game’s storyline and dark tone and have helped to ensure that we are making a true successor to the iconic Bloodlines. We wish them both the best in their future endeavors.
With that, we are excited to announce that Alexandre Mandryka has come aboard as Creative Consultant, filling the Creative Director role for Bloodlines 2, and will help us in the final stages of development. Alexandre is committed to following the vision that is in place, and successfully bringing Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 to the fans.
Alexandre has been in the industry for more than 20 years and has worked on iconic franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Warhammer 40,000, Far Cry, and more. With a long history of shipping excellent franchises, we are excited with what Alexandre brings to the game and the World of Darkness.
These changes to the team are focused on one thing: to bring you the best possible Vampire: The Masquerade game. We will share further updates as they occur.”
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 launches 2021 for Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.