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Recent News

RPS: Vampires are scrappy fighters and goofy dancers

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A great RPS write up of their hands-off viewing of the Bloodlines 2 E3 demo. The most interesting aspect is the question is answered, can you play the entire game using just non-combat skills and the answer is "no". Apparently there are some requires altercations. None the less here is a snip;

This is the immersive sim coming out to play. Fighting your way through things is one option, sneaking through the shadows is another. Outside of open combat, you can stand in a “blindspot” and press a button to attract people with your vampiric charm, then slurp up their neckjuice. And if players “just want to talk their way out of something,” says Leiker, “they absolutely can do that as well.”

But not for the whole game. A recent Cyberpunk interview promised that you could play it all without killing anyone (a claim obviously yet to be tested). So I asked if it was possible to play through Bloodlines 2 without violence at all. Could you talk your way out of trouble throughout the whole thing, like some kind of magic improviser of the night? Well, no. Not really. But the important thing is that you can often try, says Ellison.

“You’ll get in some scrapes,” she says. “But you can essentially try to talk your way out of everything. We try to use as many options to just talk as possible. Like, that’s the point of the game, we want the narrative to be very very strong.”

“But it is not possible to not have your hands dirty in this game,” adds Ali. “Obviously, whichever vampire you choose to be, you’ll have those possibilities [to talk] but there will be moments when you have to make the tough decision and start to fight people.”

There was a lot more detail in the demo, which ended with us tracking down our boy Slugg and finding out he’s not such a bad dude after all. Just somewhat bitter, and a little cryptic. I’d tell you all about it, but it’s E3 and I have nine billion other games to write about, so I’ll have to leave it there. If you’re all good vampgirls and vampboys maybe uncle Matthew in the video department will show off some more of the dialogue choices and neck-munching.

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GAME INFORMER: In Bloody Good Hands

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From the demo they saw at E3 Game Informer had a very detailed write up. The bullet points and snip below if you don't want to read the whole thing but I suggest you do as it is quite interesting. The main aspect that stood out for me in this article was how they were stressing choices have consequences. Which is a excellent sign as a role player.

  • The game is designed so that there are no right or wrong choices
  • Bloodlines 2 will have a "crime-based drama" feel to the story.
  • Like the Haunted Hotel in BL1, BL2 will have "weird" locations
  • "If you have some favorite characters, (From BL1)" says Ellison. "We might try to put them in somewhere but we're not going to talk about it right now."
  • "You might find some of the characters will reference events that happened in that game."

Combat Is More Dynamic This Time Around

Bloodlines has a lot of virtues. Its combat, with numbers leaping out of bullet-sponge enemies, is not one of them. Luckily, Hardsuit is aware of that issue and is making combat more dynamic. Leiker says "The first game relied on standard combat mechanics. We're more focused on giving the player the experience of being a vampire. It's focused on expressing your vampireness against different types of foes."

To the extent of our demo, "vampireness" seems to translate to "nearly indestructible killing machine." Most of the enemies our character comes up against are humans trying to hurt the vampire with knives and bullets, which do little damage. On the flip side, it takes mere seconds for the demoer to rip through four goons armed with assault rifles.

The combat is amusing to watch, with superhuman punches and kicks sending foes flying against the wall with bone-crunching force, only for them to goofily ragdoll to their deaths. During the demo, I also watched our vampire use blood magic to make enemies puke blood and lob sticky grenade-looking globs that deal damage to anyone caught in the goop. In other words, there's a lot in Bloodlines' toolset o' death to like.

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PC GAMER: 20min Game Play Video

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PC Gamer has a 20 min Bloodlines 2 game play video posted from their visit at E3. To put this into context the combat seems 'bad' because the reporter was NOT playing the game, a dev from Paradox was who is being reported was very "tired" and thus his timing was off badly. Paradox acknowledges this and says they will have a better video up soon. None the less the video highlights some amazing footage, combat misses aside. And I give props to Donovan on last nights WoDCast, he called it, the female at the club was Tremere.

Here is the blurb from PC Gamer about what they saw, video below;

The game is in pre-alpha, so everything may be subject to change (like those dance moves at the beginning, maybe), but what we got to see of Seattle looks promising in a few ways.

Phil wasn't actually playing the game, to be clear, but he was directing the decision-making. "For context, I ended up roleplaying a deadbeat vampire asshole who thinks he's got the skills to coerce people but always fucks it up and ends up in combat," he told me. "This was, of course, accidental at first, but increasingly deliberate."

I like the sound of that, and the variety of dialogue options.

The combat looks a bit rough in this early state—though I find the wildly ragdolling enemies endearing, as they've gone out of fashion—but again, this was a pre-alpha demo, and Bloodlines 2 isn't out until March 2020.

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We Are Getting a Feast Tomorrow Apparently

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We got word that the big reveal tomorrow from Paradox at E3 will be not one but TWO new trailers tomorrow. One has to assume one or both will contain some amount of game play. I can't imagine that won't be the case. If I were to guess one may be another cinematic movie to set the tone then the other actual game play. Either case no matter how they divided it up we are being told the trailers will drop mid morning PST. We will keep you appraised when they drop as soon as I can. Let the speculation below flow freely!

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RUMOR: Paradox Unsure What to Show the 10th?

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According to Discord member RiggaTony, he has this to say about a discussion that happened with Community Ambassador Feeona on the "Vamily Discord".

They said gameplay on the 10th in the malkavian video.
But I did ask a community ambassador in another discord about any details on the 10th like how the news was gonna happen because I haven't seen Paradox put on a panel before. And I was told that they haven't confirmed what is being shown on the 10th.. not sure if that was a case that they didn't know gameplay was promised or.. if we might be getting more than gameplay

Clearly this is unconfirmed by us at this time but if true is interesting so close to this big 'reveal' and there seems to be some uncertainly as to what is going to be included. I have to say Paradox has never come off as a company that is in disarray so while possible it is hard to imagine a week from the reveal and they don't have nailed down what they will show. What do you think? feel free to comment below.

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And the First Bit of 'Fake' Media Hits the Webs...

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So this image has been making the rounds on social media. Claimed to come from a Dutch online store advert it shows what appears to be the artwork on the case of the console version of Bloodlines 2. What struck us here at WoD News is the PEGI rating, a year out and it ALREADY has been vetted and rated? Something seemed off so we investigated.


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