Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries Of New York

by Sage Ashford

While fans of the universe wait on Bloodlines 2 now that it’s been delayed, the developers over at Draw Distance have released a trailer for Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York, a story focused game coming out later this year.  More on the game below:

Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York presents the conflict between two vampiric factions: the traditionalist Camarilla and the fiercely independent Anarchs among the iconic landmarks and night lights of The Big Apple. It’s a unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience, set in a rich, fully licensed, globally recognized universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.

  • Choose your character from one of several distinct Clans
  • Every playable character offers unique powers (Disciplines), different ethical approaches to certain issues, and dialogue lines
  • Character-oriented quests allow you to create your own coterie and shape your relations by reinforcing NPC loyalties
  • Highly replayable – choices made in the game are reflected by the game’s changing fiction
  • Different variants of the ending, depending on player’s choices and a grand finale that will leave players surprised and eager to see more.
  • Suitable for both Vampire: The Masquerade veterans, and fans of mature narrative-driven games who are newcomers to the setting

The game does justice to the mature themes of the World of Darkness, and takes advantage of the excellent atmosphere of the source material. It also creates new stories, which, thanks to the full creative license, will be incorporated as official lore of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.

Where the new Bloodlines  will try to walk the lines of allowing equal amounts of action and roleplaying, Coteries seems to take a deeper turn towards a focus on roleplaying, looking more like a visual novel. Nonetheless, for those willing to dive back into the world of VTM, this will likely work perfectly.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York will release on PC on December 4th, then for the Nintendo Switch in Q1 2020.  PS4 and Xbox One are on the table, but according to Draw Distance they’re taking a wait and see approach.

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