Hardsuit Labs was working on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines up until last week, but an indefinite delay of the game saw it switching up developers, leaving Hardsuit Labs in the dark. It seems the shift has had a major impact on the studio, as multiple layoffs have been cited.
As reported by Gamasutra, multiple employees have shared their departure from the company on Twitter, which is the result of layoffs within the developer.
Narrative lead, Samantha Wallschlaeger, said that the company made the decision to let multiple employees go, which included the entirety of the narrative team.
Anna Webster, another member of the narrative team, also suggested employees from other departments have also been let go over the past few days. The employees affected have since been signal boosting each other in the attempt to find new work going forward.
It’s always sad to see companies affected by development changes. At the time of the game’s delay, it was stated that “change [was] needed”, but the publisher did not elaborate any further. There’s no word on when Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will appear, but we know for sure it will no longer be this year.
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