Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 has received an update from developer The Chinese Room but it has nothing to do with a release date (at least not yet). The news is mainly about the game’s customisable protagonist, seemingly named Phyre, who will be fully voiced by an actor.
Speaking to PC Gamer, Bloodlines 2 narrative designer Arone Le Bray discussed the game’s protagonist and why the studio chose to go with a voiced protagonist in its RPG. Typically, voiced protagonists in RPGs are a no-no for many fans as it tends to take away some agency from the role-playing experience – the worst example of this being Fallout 4. However, there have also been some successful uses of fully voiced protagonists in RPGs such as Mass Effect‘s Commander Shepard.
Talking about a voiced protagonist in Bloodlines 2, Le Bray said:
“Ultimately, the choice was down to how immersive do we want the story to feel. What having a voiced protagonist and a slightly more established character gets us is, we can go deeper in the customisation, and deeper into experiencing [Phyre’s] role by doing that – as opposed to trying to go more broad and encompassing all the various possibilities.”
As long as The Chinese Room takes notes from BioWare and the Mass Effect series on how to correctly use a voiced protagonist, it should be fine. The developer is also known for its more story-focused games like Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture so it definitely knows how to properly develop characters and what’s best for telling a game’s story.
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 was officially re-revealed in September with a new trailer, confirming that it will launch in fall 2024. Before that, the game had gone through a pretty rough development cycle, exchanging studios and almost being canned at one point. It now seems to be on track again which is excellent news.
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 will now release in fall 2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: PC Gamer