Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2's development hell almost took the game down entirely and it remains to be seen what the future holds in store for the troubled title.
VtM: Bloodlines games just can't catch a break. The first one was rushed out of the development, resulting in the horrendous janky mess that we all know and love but the sequel appears to have the opposite type of problems.
The game's development hell means it keeps getting delayed, which is a problem that could eventually end up being solved, with a properly functioning title at release but it came close to never happening.
According to Paradox's CEO, Fredrik Wester, the company considered scrapping Bloodlines 2 when Hardsuit Labs was taken off the project. Changing the studio mid-development can have a massive influence on the final product and it's rarely the good type.
However, it appears that someone passionate enough about the Bloodlines sequel did step up and wanted to complete the project so much that they managed to present a pitch good enough to make shot callers at Paradox listen carefully. As a result, the company decided to give Bloodlines 2 another chance and it appears that the development is continuing for the time being.
While it was planned to reach the new console generation too, Bloodlines 2 was originally supposed to come out before the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S so bringing what appeared to be a janky game to the standards that were moved up with the new console generation might prove to be quite the challenge.