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