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Paradox is teasing something with a new ARG, possibly related to Vampire: The Masquerade

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I have a heck of a lot of love for the Vampire The Masquerade RPG Bloodlines, developed by the now-defunct Troika games. Thanks to a delay in boxed copies of Hal-Life 2 near me, it was the first Source engine-powered game I played, after I bought it on a whim in Half-Life’s stead. Expecting a good time, I ended up having a great one instead, engrossed in the world of vampires.

I’ve been waiting for a follow up since, but the whole franchise was in limbo for a while. While Wolf, the company that owns and operates the tabletop IP was bought by Paradox Interactive in 2015. Last year, after White Wolf disrespectfully used a real world tragedy in its sourcebooks, Paradox reined the company in, integrating it directly into Paradox. Paradox has always intended to use the properties for video games, but we’ve seen precisely nothing from them.

That could soon be changing. In a new ARG by Paradox, the company is teasing something that seems to be Vampire: The Masquerade related. It’s a new, faux social and dating site called Tender. After creating a profile and doing a few short quizzes, the whole thing culminates in…well, not a lot of anything, but it has a deeply eerie, sinister feel about it – and is very, very likely to be related to Vampire: The Masquerade. It doesn’t seem that you’re able to communicate with any of the other tortured souls on Tender just yet.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Alec Meer did a bit of poking into the site’s source, and it seems the whole thing’s been made by a Canadian company that specialises in ARG, called Alice and Smith. If it doesn’t end up being a new VTM RPG, I’m going to be very sad indeed.

Last Updated: February 11, 2019


  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 11, 2019 at 13:45

  2. Captain JJ

    February 11, 2019 at 14:05

    Vampire: The Masquerade was awesome….especially….. Redemption!


  3. Admiral Chief

    February 11, 2019 at 14:20

    Spend oooooodles of time in this game, so much love.

    Also installed the unofficial patch for cut content, had MORE fun….until it broke my game hahaha


  4. MaSeKind

    February 11, 2019 at 14:29

    This thing is kinda creepy. Got this message from Tender:
    Pl4Eas1e le@1ave now. Don’t t5rust Tend#er.“

    But regarding the VTM stuff I remember there was rumors that whatever they were going to work on is not a sequel/related to the Bloodlines & Redemption games. It might focus more on the Werewolf side of things. But I do hope we get another Vampire game. Both of those were damned awesome (damn : damned : cursed, get it :P)


  5. Craig "Crios" Boonzaier

    February 11, 2019 at 17:28

    Time to put the mal back into Malkavian


  6. Kromas

    February 11, 2019 at 14:00

    Remake please. Without the bugs and maybe on Unreal instead of source.


  7. Guz

    February 11, 2019 at 15:20

    Ahh Troika, they made Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.

    It was one of the best RPG’s I ever played!


    • BradeLunner

      February 11, 2019 at 16:18

      Dude! Arcanum was amazing, I still think about that game often. It is a really, really underrated classic. Needs much more love.


      • Guz

        February 11, 2019 at 16:49

        Even if they reuse the IP, the premis was so good, tech vs magic


        • BradeLunner

          February 11, 2019 at 18:01

          It was a really deep world, I hadn´t had that much freedom in an RPG before. Troika really were good, I hope all the guys are still in the field doing good work.


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