It's 2020, and we are seeing a new flood of vampire games based on the role-playing game, Vampire: The Masquerade. While Seattle and New York are covered, today we got a glimpse of what's going on in Boston—as it turns out, quite a bit.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong is a new narrative RPG set in Boston and developed by Big Bad Wolf Studio, the team behind the Illuminati-fueled adventure game The Council. In Swansong, a new Prince has taken control of the Boston Camarilla, but things soon go awry. As the trailer shows, an invitation to a party quickly leads to a shootout. It's down to the player to figure out who ordered it, why, and what's going on in the shadows of the Masquerade.
Announced last year, today is the first glimpse we've got of Swansong's actual setting and story. It's set to play out across three different viewpoints, each different vampires with their own clans and powers. From the game's site, it sounds like the focus is similar to The Council: investigate leads, analyze choices, make decisions, and hopefully uncover the truth while trying to not bring everything down on your own head.
The Vampire: The Masquerade franchise has seen a fresh jolt of life in the gaming scene, thanks to a number of new games being developed and launched. Coteries of New York provides a visual novel take on the Vampire world, while Bloodlines 2 is looking to bring the supernatural to Seattle later this year. With a narrative approach similar to what Big Bad Wolf did with The Council, this could provide a more mystery-tinged narrative experience, though sadly less George Washington.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong is also coming to a lot of platforms. It's currently set for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC via Epic Games Store, and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2021.