The whole narrative team has been hit by layoffs at Hardsuit Labs. It happened after the studio was removed from the development of Bloodlines 2.


A few former Hardsuit Labs employees shared the news on Twitter. “HSL has made the decision to do layoffs today, and all of us on the narrative team were affected,” Samantha Wallschlaeger, who joined the studio last year, wrote.

According to another employee, the layoffs affected not only the entire narrative team but also people who have been working at other positions. However, it’s hard to say how many staff members have been let go by the studio so far.

“Seriously some of the best and brightest RPG devs on the block,” narrative designer Anna C. Webster wrote.

The news arrived soon after Paradox Interactive delayed Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 again and said that the game won’t come out in 2021. The publisher also dropped Hardsuit Lab as the project’s main developer.

Last August, lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda, who worked on the original game, and creative director Ka’ai Cluney left the Bloodlines 2 team. Cara Ellison, who was the project’s narrative designer, also left the studio in October 2020.