Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines fan remake gets staked

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One of the all-time great games of the modern era, that paved the way for great storytelling and using a license properly is Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Now, I’m well aware that the gameplay was decidedly dodgy in several areas, but thankfully the game made up for that in several other areas. I’ve been dying for a remake, but that ain’t happening. Especially now that the fan effort to do so has been staked in the chest.

Originally developed by Troika, and releasing as a swansong to the efforts of that studio before they shut down, Bloodlines put players in the fangs of a newly sired vampire and set them loose to explore the world. A fan effort by the name of Project Vaulderie that intended to remake the game however, has now been given the ol’ cease and desist legal stake from CCP. This is despite the fact that the work would have been completely devoid of any commercial intent.

CCP has asked the team, to remove any and all mention of the game and the project from the website. “In a disappointment shared among our team we are complying with that request,” project lead Arthur wrote.

All of this invalidates our effort and the meaning of the entire project: as a remake of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines cannot be a remake without its original contents.

Still, all hope may not be lost yet. According to the post, the team is in touch with several Troika and White Wolf staff members who supported their efforts, and are trying to contact rights holder Activision to obtain further permission to continue the project. It’s a tough pill to swallow. The project had managed to get some fan funding, and unlike a myriad of other fan remakes on the web, actually looked like pretty decent and was showing regular progress as the months ticked by.

You can still get the game on Steam, with various patches available to help smooth the aging bloodlust.

Last Updated: November 24, 2014

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