Vampire - The Masquerade

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Anyone play vampire the masquerade - coteries of new york? Seems to be a visual novel with some rpg elements.

Been playing this and liking it. Definitely a visual novel. Lots of reading with static pictures. You make a choice every now and then but I don't think it changes the story much.

Oddly this isn't the very well setup for a visual novel. I have to scroll up the text to read stuff when there is to much text in the box. This is the only VN I ever played that then pause the text when it got to the end of the box.

I also heard they don't have a skip to choice option once you complete the game. VN usually have this so you can quickly take a different path in the game.

Kind of odd that VN haven't changed at all in 20 years but a new one can't get some of the basics right. However, like I said I'm liking it.

So 6 days ago the lead writer and director were fired. No reason has been given. The writer, Brian Mitsoda, also worked on the original.

Given the state of video game companies my first thought was maybe they are trying to not be the next ubisoft. But that is just an assumption.

This game was already a gamble in my mind so I am not sure if this changes my view. I hope this game is good but who knows.

Stealthpizza wrote:

Given the state of video game companies my first thought was maybe they are trying to not be the next ubisoft. But that is just an assumption.

This game was already a gamble in my mind so I am not sure if this changes my view. I hope this game is good but who knows.

I've been pondering about what might have been the real cause - not necessarily buying the press release spin - but it's hard to get any real traction with so little actual info. All speculation, for now, but I think I will wait for a preview from trusted channels before axing my pre-order.

I must admit that it does give me pause, but we really have no visibility about how it may or may not affect plot and gameplay.

Paradox have ceased their relationship with Hardsuit Labs and have delayed development of Bloodlines 2 ‘indefinitely’. Still say they want to make the game but it won’t be this year.

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Ooh, that's a gaming disaster for sure. Not important in the larger scheme of things, but what a bummer.

They might have to restart almost from scratch, depending on how bad the studio botched it. It could be years before it comes out.

Paradox seems to be doing pretty well, so presumably they can take the financial hit?

I'm going to be really interested to read the unexpurgated postmortem of the project in about 10 years time.

Well I rather no game then a really bad/broken/unneeded sequel. Looking at you thief.

... wait, I made this thread?

DudleySmith wrote:

I'm going to be really interested to read the unexpurgated postmortem of the project in about 10 years time.

Hopefully not that long.

Won't be shocked if Hairbrained Schemes (owned by Paradox) takes over. They haven't announced anything new since Battletech, so they may be in a position to take it on and delay whatever unannounced thing they're onto next. If the game is just missing milestones, it's possible they can bring a decent amount of people over from the current dev team and finish it.

Certis wrote:

Won't be shocked if Hairbrained Schemes (owned by Paradox) takes over. They haven't announced anything new since Battletech, so they may be in a position to take it on and delay whatever unannounced thing they're onto next. If the game is just missing milestones, it's possible they can bring a decent amount of people over from the current dev team and finish it.

Apparently Hairbrained Schemes are currently working on two unannounced games. Entirely possible one of them is this.

Certis wrote:

Won't be shocked if Hairbrained Schemes (owned by Paradox) takes over. They haven't announced anything new since Battletech, so they may be in a position to take it on and delay whatever unannounced thing they're onto next. If the game is just missing milestones, it's possible they can bring a decent amount of people over from the current dev team and finish it.

If only you'd put that in the Bold Predictions post.