Relax, this is not an ad like one of those that might start popping up in games anytime now, this is what happens when a game series has both the best fanbase and the worst development cycles ever seen. Paradox Interactive has been having some serious trouble turning their recently acquired World Of Darkness series of tabletop RPGs into video games, so they're taking the legitimately awesome step of opening the Vampire: The Masquerade license for anyone who wants to once again do it better than the pros. 

A game that wants to portray a realistic world where Vampires hide among us

Paradox

Who could have foreseen Werewolves vs. robots not being a very fun concept?

We're not joking about the "outdoing the pros" part. Paradox has looked into the hellish attempted development of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, and possibly remembered that time when fan developers turned the technical mess that was the original Bloodlines into one of the best video games ever made and decided to try to recapture that lightning in a bottle. This time they're not asking anyone to fix anything – maybe because Bloodlines 2 might be well beyond salvation – but rather to create whatever they want with the license from scratch. 

Bloodlines 2 still showing a massacre

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Bloodlines 2' dev offices, maybe

This is part of “Unbound”, a publishing program that spawned out of the Vampire Jam, a Vampire: The Masquerade-themed game development event for fans that got a lot of submissions and will soon officially publish some of them. That'd be unprecedented by itself, but they're pushing it into bonkers territory by even allowing fans to make money off of their creations. Paradox will take a 33% cut of the profits, which is relatively high, but the possibility of writing under the license is likely to more than makeup for it.

Jeanette, a Malkavian from the original Bloodlines

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Don't make that face. The only caveat here is that creators have to make a “Dark Pack Agreement”!

Anyone who's interested in joining the program can find out more at the official Vampire: The Masquerade page.

 

Top Image: Paradox Interactive

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