18 Minutes of Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 Gameplay

Hunt, feast and dance awkwardly as a vampire in modern Seattle

Even though Bloodlines 2 was recently shown at PC Gaming Show during E3 2019, the amount of new footage wasn’t enough to satisfy impatient fans. Luckily for them, IGN released an extended look of a long awaited sequel’ gameplay. This lengthy 18 minutes video shows a playthrough of a single mission in which the main protagonist is tasked to get some information from a character named Slugg.

Aside from some minor technical issues of a pre-alpha build and journalist’s general confusion in game’s controls we’ve got a good glimpse of what to expect from Bloodlines 2.

Check out the trailer below:

Here is what we’ve learned from the demo:

  • Player starts as a thinblooded vampire and can choose between three disciplines: Chiropteran gives you an ability to summon swarms of bats in battle, Mentalism grants telekinetic abilities, while Nebulation lets player use fog and mist as a cover and to choke enemies.
  • The protagonist can jump from rooftops without taking damage;
  • There are nightclubs where you can dance and meet NPCs.
  • Every dialogue has multiple choice options, some of them require different traits like Negotiation, Coercion and Humanity.
  • There is no “right” way to complete quests — one character in the demo tells player to get the vital information and kill Slugg if needed, other asks to spare him instead.
  • Main character can climb buildings and other obstacles very fast.
  • The combat system is focused on a melee fighting with a use of fists, pipes, bats and vampire skills.
  • The camera switches to the 3rd person point of view for some attacks and finishers.
  • There are some shortcuts — for example, the player in the demo transformed into mist to travel through vents.
  • The game world is not seamless, there are some loading screens between locations.
  • A lot of combat animations still look rough, developers emphasise that the game is in an active development.

Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 releases on PC, PS4 and Xbox One early next year.

Updated: GameSpot published their own playthrough video which shows a different way of dealing with Slugg. Check it out below: