Paradox Interactive postponed the development of Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 and the franchise now has a reputation for being in development hell all the time.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines had easily one of the most troubled development cycles in the history of the gaming industry, which is one of the major factors why it never became the revolutionary mega-hit and ended up being a flawed classic instead.
Now it seems like the sequel is following in the footsteps of the original since the game was originally meant to come out in March 2020 and now, almost one year later, it has been postponed out of 2021 entirely. Yes, Bloodlines 2 will not come out before 2022. The info was relayed through a letter to the fans that revealed the release delay was probably the least of the game's worries.
Paradox Interactive also replaced Hardsuit Labs and the studio is no longer the lead on Bloodlines 2, even though the game was supposed to be completed under their roof by now. PDX stated they lined up another dev company to take charge but it's important to note changing leadership this late into development is never a good sign.
Considering some of the project leads have left or been removed from Bloodlines 2 already, including Brian Mitsoda, there were signs of a troubled development but now the cat is out of the bag. It only remains to be seen if the new studio will manage to pull off a miracle and release a coherent game instead of a jumbled mess.
Bloodlines 2 pre-orders have been suspended for the time being and it's unknown when they will be back.