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The Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Creative Director Ka’ai Cluney and Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda have both been ‘suddenly terminated’ in a joint decision by Paradox Interactive and Hardsuit Labs.
“We recently shared that we were making some organizational changes to the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 team, as promised, we will now give an update on what that means,” read a statement on the game’s official website. “Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda and Creative Director Ka’ai Cluney are no longer part of the team at Hardsuit Labs. This was a joint decision made by the leadership of Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive.”
Ka’ai Cluney doesn’t’ appear to have publicly commented on the matter, but ex-Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda seemed surprised by the decision.
“Until recently, I was the Narrative Lead on a videogame called Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 for Hardsuit Labs, Inc being published by Paradox Interactive (which owns 30% of Hardsuit Labs),” Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda said in a statement to RPS. “After almost five years involvement with the studio, I was suddenly terminated on 7/16/20.”
“That this came as a shock to me is underselling it,” he continued. “[…] I am confident and proud of the work that I and my team put forward.”
The timing of the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Creative Director’s firing is especially troubling news — this announcement was made just one week after the people behind the game made the decision to delay its release date to 2021.