They hype sorrounding a new Vampire: The Masquerade announcement grew when Paradox Interactive released some new photos showcasing old locations from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. While some have noted that these photos seem to focus on environments seen in that title (thus suggesting a remake), others have stated that certain details suggest that this might actually be a new entry based on the latest edition of the tabletop game.
previoulsy, Paradox Interactive used a fake dating app to tease something that many speculate might be a sequel or successor to Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. The app in question, called Tender, seeks to match you with compatible locals in your area. Unlike other matchmaking apps, though, Tender asks some rather unusual questions that don’t seem to have anything to do with you finding a date.
For instance, Tender seems unusually interested in what your blood type is. It also wants to know things like which disturbing image represents you best and which undesirable personality trait you would associate yourself with. It’s an utterly bizarre service that’s made that much more interesting by the fact that you can actually log-on to it using your Paradox Interactive account. This is the first of many signs that the app and Paradox are linked somehow.
Between that, what seems to be a staged investigative website regarding the app, and a series of bizarre emails that have been sent out recently, it seems clear at this time that this is all an ARG promotion for something related to Paradox Interactive. Given that the app seems fascinated with the blood types of its users, Vampire: The Masquerade immediately jumped to mind as the most likely property that Paradox would promote through such an unusual tactic.
However, the theory that this all has something to do with Vampire: The Masquerade is more than just loose speculation and wishful thinking. In recent years, members of Paradox have spoken about reviving the Vampire series, and White Wolf Publishing (which published the original tabletop RPG series the Paradox title is based on) filed a new trademark for the property in 2016 that seemingly covered all possible digital uses for the license.
Put it all together, and it sure does sound like we’re either going to get a new Vampire game from Paradox or that Bloodlines might finally get a proper remake. Either would be nice as Bloodlines happens to be one of the deepest pure role-playing experiences ever released for PC, but was notoriously hindered by a series of technical shortcomings. Fan mods have helped fixed many of those tech problems, but it would still be nice to see an official update to the video game adaptation of the series.
In any case, we’ll let you know what’s going on for sure when Paradox offers an official update on March 21.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.