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    "So what did everything think of the E3 demos? I personally was quite fascinated by them. While some of the people giving the demo didn't seem..."
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Recent News

RPS: Malkavians confirmed for Bloodlines 2: we talked to Brian Mitsoda on the new clan reveal

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Brian Mitsoda spoke to RPS about his thought process for Malkavians this time around and how he isn't going to be as flippant with them or what it means to have mental illness. My, and others, main concern is it being another carbon copy "fishmalk" which he seems to directly address. Which to myself at least is comforting it seems he will take a bit different in direction. Here is a snip;

 

Mitsoda says that this time their approach to the Malks will be thinking more about their insight and how it would affect a person who had it, and not presenting it as hilarious. “I think in general we kind of are going to be approaching the Malks in Bloodlines 2 as more playing up the kind of darker aspect of having that network of voices and that insight, and almost a little bit of paranoia,” he said. “I think there will be things that people will like about the Malks, the same things that they liked about the first one in that they said things that were very strange.”

He said that, since Malkavians are vampires, they’re not going to be a direct one-to-one with human mental illness, but they have been doing a significant amount of research. They looked into a lot of different mental illnesses, read medical papers, as well as looking at the experience from the point of view of people who actually do hear voices. And, because this is a work of fiction, they’ve been looking at how mental illness is portrayed in other works of fiction (Mitsoda was unimpressed by the majority of portayals in films, for example). “I think in general we can’t focus on any one mental illness, so we have to keep the Malks to our kind of interpretation of their experience as far as their insight, their network, the tragedy of it.” Malkavians are also an uncommon Clan in Seattle, so there’s already an inherent bias against them in vampy society that you’ll be dealing with.

It should be fairly obvious, then, that the Malkavians are going to be a challenge for the team. On the one hand, a few loud voices in the community are convinced that the Malks won’t be in Bloodlines 2, and if they are they’ll be “ruined” by political correctness gone, ahaha, mad. On the other, there’s a very good argument that in 2019 a character whose signature trait is mental illness is probably not going to come off well. As I write this, it seems to me that Malkavians are very much like a simulated nuclear war, in that the only winning move is not to play. But that doesn’t sound like it was an option.

Categories: Bloodlines 2 News, Bloodlines 2/Paradox Interviews



The Last is the Clan of Malkov

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When does vamp daddy Harlequin steer you wrong? I am a man of refined etiquette and would not lower myself to tell all the folks who hated on me "I told you so".... buuuuut.. yea I told you so... 😉 On a more serious note we did get something wrong. The theory was clans with the same disciplines would get different sub powers within them. Clearly that is not the case, as Auspex is identical to the Tremere. Can't win them all folks!

That said here is all the details of the clan and it's media. Feel free to post your thoughts below;



Malkavians possess knowledge of things no other clan can comprehend, but this knowledge comes at a price. The mind of a Malkavian can be afflicted by psychosis, compulsive disorders, or other uncounted illnesses. Uneasy in their presence and distrustful of their motives, the Seattle Kindred community has traditionally ostracized Malkavians. Some, however, recognize Malkavians’ unique abilities and regard them as Oracles and skilled advisers.

Malkavians invade the minds of their victims, using Dementation to impart an imperfect version of their psychoses on them. Auspex allows Malkavians to slip deeper into their condition, expanding their senses beyond the boundaries of their bodies.

Dementation
  • Haunt - Imparts an unseen spectre in the minds of victims. Unable to control themselves, they’ll try to flee in a panic.
  • Berserk - Fills the vampire’s targets with an uncontrollable rage, causing them to lash out at anything nearby - even the air itself, if no better target is available.

Use of Dementation, while thoroughly unsettling, is not a Masquerade Violation.

Auspex
  • Aura Sense - Allows the vampire to spot NPCs through walls, read crowds at a glance, and mark individuals, staying aware of them even over long distances. It also reveals the weaknesses of a marked NPC.
  • Psychic Projection - Forces the vampire’s mind from their body, allowing it to  explore the area in astral form and use Aura Sight to mark any character they spot. The vampire’s senses have developed to such an extent that they may end up telepathically overwhelming the senses of others for a short while.

Use of Auspex is not a Masquerade Violation.

Like the first Bloodlines, playing as a Malkavian will change the way the city reacts to your presence and reveal unique dialogue options not available to other clans.

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UPDATED: Brian Mitsoda on the Reveal Video? Also In-Game footage Compiled

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It's been reported on social media there was a slip of the keyboard on the official BL2 Discord where a Paradox staff member mentioned Brian Mitsoda will be the guest on the last clan reveal video tomorrow. I swear I saw this post too earlier in the day however I now can't find it to save my life. So that this as a strong rumor for now.

video tomorrow. I swear I saw this post too earlier in the day however I now can't find it to save my life. So consider this as a strong rumor for now.

UPDATE (Thanks to earwen)


Also someone was kind enough to blow up all the 5 sec in-game footage at the end of the reveal videos offering a closer inspection of the action. You get a much better sense of what is happening and can see the art direction much clearer. I have to say as a whole I like what I am seeing. The FX looks amazing and the physics looks incredible. Yes the textures on the models do have that pre-Alpha Barbie doll plastic look, but that is to be expected. Watch below and post your thoughts in the comments. 

Categories: Bloodlines 2 News



Ventrue (not) Live Stream Discussion

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Some interesting new tidbits. As we speculated for weeks the idea of non core 7 clans on release is slim to none, BUT fear not he was quite optimistic of obscure clans and bloodlines down the road in DLC and other future games. As always we have a bullet point recap below, post your comments and let us know what you think;

 



 

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Ventrue Clan Reveal Trailer

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As we stated Ventrue is the next revealed clan. Here is the trailer which shows a very blood thirsty Ventrue kicking ass and taking names, as well as the write up of their powers, post your thoughts below;
 


The blood of rulers flows through the Ventrue’s veins. While that once meant embracing high-priests and aristocrats, they now recruit from investment bankers and corporate executives. The “Clan of Kings” see themselves as the architects of vampire society who hold lineage and loyalty above all. Unusually for the clan, the Ventrue of Seattle were drawn to the dream of building their own power structure without oversight from elder generations. Now that the Camarilla has gained control, many Ventrue have realigned to join these new rulers, or have doubled down on their autonomy. Enterprising Ventrue have entrenched themselves in the business of the 21st century, paving the way for a prosperous future and making enemies of anyone who prefers the old ways.

Categories: Bloodlines 2 News



POLYGON: Bloodlines 2 on reinvigorating a cult classic

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In a new Polygon interview some interesting tidbits are released. First voyeurism is going to be a big part of Bloodlines 2. Apparently stalking who you are going to feed on and observing them will reveal a lot of info about them. Also they talk about the NPCs having lives outside of the player interactions. Implied there may be The Sims level of automaton in their actions and reactions. If that is indeed the case that is going to be very interesting. Here is a snip;
 

Ellison says that, with Bloodlines 2, voyeurism will be a key to the game’s unfolding and elastic narrative.

“We do look at it as if you can significantly affect the world,” Ellison says, “and one of the ways that we look at our world is that we are trying to make it really reactive to the way that you play and how you act as a vampire. The more that you break the Masquerade, the more consequences are going to come your way. The more that you’re out in the open, that people realize that there’s a fricking monster on the streets, the more afraid people get and the harder it is to feed.”

But voyeurism will also play into a unique series of side quests that Ellison herself is in charge of. As it turns out, the game’s main character isn’t the only newly minted vampire on the loose in Seattle.

“There are other vampires that have been made that night,” Ellison says, “and you can try to find them through the course of the game. Basically, I want to give you a sense of that person’s life, to allow you to say, ‘That could have been me.’ Essentially, we want to give you a variety of experiences in terms of what it means to be a vampire.”

“I’m really interested in investigating that transitional period,” Ellison continues, “of going from being a human into a vampire. What does that mean? What is vampire puberty like? [...] What about the problems they had when they were human? Are they made better or worse by becoming a vampire? Do they bring a lot of their human problems with them? What are problems that are like unique to being a vampire?”

Categories: Bloodlines 2 News, Bloodlines 2/Paradox Interviews



Bloodlines 2 Pulled From Epic Store

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Seems Epic included Bloodlines 2 in their huge summer sale but forgot to tell Paradox they were including their title in this sale. That didn't go over to well and Paradox pulled BL2 from the Epic Store as a result. If you happened to pick up BL2 while it was $10 off it will be honored. But Paradox is working with Epic to restore it to the store under normal pricing. If you want the full gory details of the mess that is the Epic Store check out the article on kotaku.com.

Categories: Bloodlines 2 News



Rik Schaffer Interview

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Mr. Schaffer is the music composer for both Bloodlines 1 and now 2. He partook in a live stream Q&A by Outstar and thanks to Planet Vampire found a transcript. His answers are pretty curt and to the point. So don't expect a lot of in-depth answers, but it is still question illuminating musically speaking. Feel free to read and comment below.




Q: This has been probably asked a lot, but was the similarity between the VTM: Bloodlines Theme and Massive Attack's Angel intentional?
 
Rik Schaffer: Yep. When I started the project, that was the placeholder track they had in for like a year. They were married to it, but couldn't get the rights. They said make something similar. I hate copying artists, but made it kind of my own.

Q: Were you approached or working on CCP's World of Darkness game before it got cancelled?

Rik Schaffer: Never contacted me. I was working on ESO (Elder Scrolls Online) online but would have dropped everything to continue on a Bloodlines type MMO.

R: Be glad, Rik. CCP mismanaged the hell out of WoD MMO.

Rik Schaffer: MMO are dead.

R: Damn. Nice to know you're that passionate about the IP, though.

Q: Do you prefer composing music traditionally , while playing instruments, or do you do it digitally right now?

Rik Schaffer: I don't write music or read music. Self taught. Everything starts in my head, then the guitar and piano are enemies until I find it. With the atmosphere compositions, those were started on synths or non traditional instruments.

Q: What do you think of poems based on gameplay from games? What music should go with it? Say if it is based on Bloodlines?

Rik Schaffer: Poems of Bloodlines and Vampires? Dark, brooding, sexual, but not Count Chocula.

Categories: Bloodlines 2 News, Bloodlines 2/Paradox Interviews



Toreador Live Stream with Summary

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Here is the Paradox live stream Toreador reveal (starts at the 2h mark). Below is the summary of the main points, post your thoughts below.

 

 
  • Explains due to the how character creation works recreating your BL1 character will generally be possible but will have differences stats, mechanics wise
  • Toreador are clan who are most aware they are in fact one of the undead
  • Toreador at the core want to "feel" and that is the goal to their existence
  • They are a clan of "creators"
  • In BL2 you "spend" Willpower to get access to certain abilities
  • Clan curse is if you are isolated, away from mortals you will have slow Willpower regeneration
  • A main clan when it comes to social interactions
  • Auto saves will be in the game
  • While modding will be at launch however it is to early to talk specifics
  • No firm number of post release clans have been decided on as of yet

Categories: Bloodlines 2 News



Bloodlines 2 Theme Music Posted?

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This is reportedly the BL2 theme music by Rik Schaffer that was released about 4 hours ago as of this posting. It is what was played at the Tender reveal party and is posted on his Soundcloud account so certainly seems legit. It is a fresh take on a very familiar theme.Take a listen and post below your thoughts.

 

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