GOG Appears to Be Counting Toward a Vampire: The Masquerade Announcement

GOG Appears to Be Counting Toward a Vampire: The Masquerade Announcement

What is GOG.com counting towards?

As part of its recent newsletter, GOG.com is currently teasing "something special" in around 16 hours from the time of this writing. There's no official indication what the announcement will be, but fans are speculating that it has something to do with Vampire: The Masquerade.

For the past month or so, Paradox Interactive has been running an alternate reality game (ARG) in the form of dating app called Tender. The game asks players for their blood type before trying to match them up. The ARG even has a Twitch account where videos and clips are posted. One clip features a memo from fictional CEO Malcolm Chandler—who shares a named with the author of Vampire Brides from Planet Hell—promising "the biggest announcement" taking place in San Francisco on March 21.

Paradox has directly called out the ARG on Twitter recently, with a thread of concept art that looks to be related to locations in 2004's Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines.

Is it a remake or remaster of the classic title? Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines was released in 2004 for Windows PCs. It was developed by Troika Games, a studio founded Jason Anderson, Tim Cain, and Leonard Boyarsky after their work on the original Fallout. Sales were pretty bad, but the game has since gone on to become a cult favorite, and fans have even patched up of the host of bugs that plague the game. Hell, it's one of our Top 25 RPGs of All-Time, despite its flaws.

The GOG.com countdown and the ARG dates match up, with potential announcement happening tomorrow. The alt text for the image on the countdown page directly references a "Vampyre Collection," which would lean speculation towards a re-release or remaster of Bloodlines.

Paradox Interactive picked up White Wolf Publishing, the publisher and owner of the World of Darkness, Vampire: The Masquerade, and Werewolf: The Apocalypse brands, back in 2015. White Wolf was an independent subsidiary of Paradox until last year, when a controversial Vampire: The Masquerade handbook entry saw White Wolf fully integrated into Paradox' management structure. Earlier in the year, former Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester told GamesIndsutry.biz that games based on White Wolf properties were coming.

"We have the White Wolf catalogue of games," Wester said. "There are a couple of projects that are at more than an experimental level right now. People ask us why it's taking such a long time to do anything with the White Wolf stuff. And, well, we want to do things the proper way this time. We've released crappy games in the past, many years ago. I know how it is to release buggy, unfinished games. I don't want to do that anymore."

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