Publisher Nacon announced that Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is being delayed to February 2022. The news came after a Nacon Connect event which featured a new trailer for one of the playable characters in the game.
Swansong is based on the fifth edition of White Wolf Publishing’s table-top RPG Vampire: The Masquerade. Both Swansong and the TTRPG take place in a gothic-punk version of the modern world in which creatures of the night exist. Vampires exist in the shadows and work constantly to conceal their existence from humans.
In Swansong, players will take control of three vampires in a narrative driven story set in modern day Boston. The three playable characters are Galeb, Emem and Leysha. The game’s official website mentions each character has their own unique perspective and vampiric abilities. Which means one character may be very stealthy while another would instead be seductive or intimidating.
This news won’t leave 2021 completely void of vampires because still set to release sometime in 2021 is developer Sharkmob’s free-to-play third-person battle royale Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodhunt. In Bloodhunt’s first live session with developers, gameplay featured a standard battle royale game mode where players scavenge for weapons, try to remain the last man standing and runaway from the edge of a massive circle closing in on them.
While Bloodhunt’s gameplay doesn’t exactly set itself apart from any other more popular battle royale in any meaningful way, it could still function as something to get fans of the delayed game to stay involved or aware of the brand as a whole. The lore of Bloodhunt is that there’s been a breach in the secrecy of vampires existence to humans and now the the town in Prague the game takes place is being fumigated with vampire killing gas. The reasoning for the infighting amongst the vampires is that each player sees others as an anarch (a type of vampire in this universe that don’t believe vampires should remain hidden) and is trying to destroy them to maintain the secrecy of vampires.
As for Vampire: the Masquerade – Swansong being delayed, there doesn’t seem to be any way to pre-order the game. As of now, according to publisher Nacon, it will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and the Epic Games Store for PC.