The Unseen Trilogy: How Vampire Bloodlines Almost Had a Sequel
Often considered one of the best role-playing games ever developed, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines continues to hold a special place in the hearts of gamers. What many fans may not know is that Tim Cain, creator of Fallout and co-founder of Troika Games, recently uncovered design documents for a planned trilogy of Bloodlines sequels that unfortunately never saw the light of day.
In a YouTube video where Cain discusses the lost future of Bloodlines, he shares how he found two design documents that proposed sequels to the cult classic. The first document, titled Exodus, picks up from one of the non-fatal endings of Bloodlines and sees the protagonist escaping Los Angeles. In this sequel, the player would face new challenges, meet other vampires attempting to escape Gehenna (the vampiric apocalypse), and set up base in the less-populated city of Barstow as they navigate the unfolding events. This proposal also teased a third installment called Final Nights, which would've taken the protagonist to Las Vegas.
The second design document named a sequel called Bloodhunt, which would later be used as the name for the battle royale spin-off. This version also had the protagonist escaping Los Angeles and heading to Barstow, but with the intention of getting to Las Vegas. The player would deal with the fallout from Bloodlines and the various clans seeking revenge. Cain admits that both documents are vague, but they show that Troika had plans to create an epic vampire trilogy.
Unfortunately for fans of the original game, Troika Games did not survive long enough to make these sequels a reality. Cain, not dwelling on what could have been, paraphrases Dr. Seuss, "Don't be sad it's over; be happy it happened." He chooses to look back on the development of Bloodlines with fond memories and gratitude for the opportunity to have worked on such a beloved game.
As the gaming community continues to hope for a worthy sequel to Bloodlines, the ongoing saga of Bloodlines 2 remains shrouded in uncertainty. The game was initially announced in 2019 but faced multiple setbacks, including the removal of its original developer, Hardsuit Labs. Although the project is still under development, it's unclear if the final product will resemble the vision Hardsuit Labs had initially set out to create. Until then, fans can only imagine the incredible trilogy that could have emerged from the minds of Troika Games.