The game Masquerade is coming to a Nintendo console
Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York is an upcoming story-driven game that uses the rules and setting of the tabletop RPG’s 5th edition.
There’s a joke the Brits tell about waiting a long time for a specific bus and then three of them show up once. It seems the same is true for video games based on Vampire: the masquerade, like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines was released in 2004 and three new Vampire: The Masquerade games were announced in 2019, the latest being Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries de New York for PC and Nintendo Switch.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries de New York is an upcoming story-based game that uses the rules and framework of the 5th edition of Vampire: The Masquerade. The player embodies one of three newly created vampires, each with their own character traits and disciplines.
As you can probably tell from the name, Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries de New York is set in New York and will focus on the conflict between the Anarchs and the Camarilla, which are two of the main factions in the setting. New York was one of the most contested cities in the history of Vampire: The Masquerade and its streets have seen more shadowy conflict between Vampires than any other.
The description for Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries de New York on its Steam page, it’s referred to as a “single-player narrative experience” and the game is never described as an RPG, which many fans might expect. It is possible that Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries de New York is similar to an adventure game or a visual novel in terms of genre.
It is surprising to see a game based on Vampire: The Masquerade on a Nintendo console, given the mature themes associated with the series. The game’s Steam page lists offensive language, violence, references to drug addiction, depiction of alcohol, dark humor, profanity, characters with extreme opinions, criticism of ideology and religion under its mature themes. Again, Nintendo has become much looser in terms of the content it allows on the eShop than its competitors, with Sony applying strict censorship on PlayStation 4 games.
With Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York, there is also Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 which is the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic. There is also an unnamed Vampire: The Masquerade game in development by Big Bad Wolf and BigBen Interactive. It also seems that Baldur’s Gate III is in development, so now is a great time to be a fan of tabletop RPG-inspired video games.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries de New York will be released on Nintendo Switch and PC in the fourth quarter of 2019.
A new low for the series.
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