The Ventrue clan returns for Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 will include members of the Ventrue clan as playable characters. The announcement comes today via Paradox, which confirms the return of the “the clan of kings” with a new trailer.

Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to the 2004 cult classic from Troika Games. Set for a 2020 release, it’s in development by Hardsuit Labs, which includes that game’s original lead writer. Below, you’ll also find a detailed, 40-minute discussion of the Ventrue clan’s history and in-game powers led by senior product manager Florian Schwarzer.

Over the last few weeks, publisher Paradox Interactive unveiled three other playable vampire clans, including the Brujah, Tremere, and Toreador. The goal is to set the groundwork for four distinct styles of play, and the Ventrue have their own story to tell. Known throughout the Vampire mythos as kings and kingmakers, the Ventrue clan has a unique slate of powers as well as a distinct curse.

As Schwarzer explains, players who select the Ventrue clan will have the power to magically dominate enemies. The domination skill includes the power to mesmerize, which will allow players to place other characters in a trance. Later, the command power will allow them to direct that mesmerized character’s actions.

In battle, Ventrue will rely on their fortitude to absorb enemy attacks. Played well, Schwarzer says, a good Ventrue will be able to outlast any of the other enemies in the game. The combat will play out in improvisational skirmishes, and it will be up to the player to use the environment to their advantage. Weapons will include found items as melee weapons as well as guns.

The Vampire franchise is best known, of course, for its narrative depth. Polygon will have an interview with the team at Hardsuit Labs later today.

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