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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

Developer: Troika Games
Publisher: Activision
Platform: Windows
Released in US: November 17, 2004
Released in EU: November 19, 2004


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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is a PC role-playing game released in 2004 by the now defunct Troika Games, based on White Wolf's tabletop franchise. Like everything else they developed, it was rushed out the door before being properly completed.

There is a significant amount of unimplemented content available in the game's files. Some due to incompleteness, some due to poor quality, some left out for unexplained reasons. A fan-made unofficial patch has been created to re-implement much of this content.

Multiplayer Mode

The game was originally intended to ship with multiplayer features which never saw the light of day. After it became clear to the developers that such a feature would be impossible to prepare for the game's release, it was finalized single player only, with the intent to later implement the multiplayer features in a patch. The game sold poorly and the developer went bankrupt shortly thereafter. Plenty of code is left over from the early phases of multiplayer development. While little of it is completely functional, commands referencing multiplayer fuctions can be seen by enabling the console and pressing ~ tilde. Mods have been released to restore minimal functionality to the multiplayer component.

Unused Items

Ranged Weapons:

  • Dragon's Breath: A sawn-off shotgun loaded with incendiary rounds, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • SWAT Sniper Rifle: Used by Bach against the player, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Pyro Crossbow: Used by Ming guards against the player, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • LAW Rocket Launcher: Inventory icon found, restored by the Arsenal Mod.
  • Stake Launcher: Inventory icon found, probably replaced by the crossbow.

Melee Weapons:

  • Sheriff Sword: Used by the Sheriff against the player, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Tiger's Claws: Used by the Claw Brother against the player, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Shin Gunto sword: Used by the Ming guards against the player, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Broadsword: Medieval sword, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Stake as weapon: Item is used for a quest instead.

Thrown Weapons:

  • Fragmentation Grenade: Used by Bach against the player, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Throwing Star: Restored as quest item by Unofficial Patch.

Occult Powerups:

  • Occult Wits powerup: Restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Occult Charisma powerup: Restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Occult Security powerup: Restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Occult Obfuscate powerup: Restored by Unofficial Patch.

Other Items:

  • Name plate: Restored as quest item by Unofficial Patch.
  • Chewing gum: Restored as quest item by Unofficial Patch.
  • Wooden Pulltoy: Restored as quest item by Unofficial Patch.
  • Vacuum tubes box: Restored as item by Unofficial Patch.
  • Charity money box: Restored as item by Unofficial Patch.
  • Odious Chalice: Restored as quest item by Unofficial Patch.
  • Library Card: Restored as quest item by Unofficial Patch.

Unused Character Stats

Disciplines:

  • Bloodheal: This discipline increases the player's health regeneration rate, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Blood Theft: This discipline is an alternative to the Blood Salvo, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Voice of Bedlam: This discipline is an alternative to Bedlam, restored by Unofficial Patch.
  • Command and Sleep: These disciplines are alternatives to Trance, restored by Unofficial Patch.

Skills:

  • Occult: Needed to use occult powerups. Failure descriptions are all that remains, restored by Unofficial Patch using Academics instead.
  • Animal Ken: Another unused skill that would have depicted behaviour of animals towards the player.
  • Athletics: Another unused skill that would have increased the players running speed and jumping feat.

Feats:

  • Jumping: Another unused feat used to set the jumping power of the player.
  • Throwing: Another unused feat used to set the accuracy of thrown weapons.
  • Animal Friendship: Another unused feat connected to the Animal Ken skill.

Histories:

  • Player history: Used to determine the background of the player character before becoming a vampire resulting in a different set of starting points, and/or bonuses and penalties. Restored by user-made mods.

Unused UI

An early version of the game's UI appears as an Easter Egg in the Santa Monica (Beachhouse) level. A television in the Beach House displays a screenshot from an early build of the game with an ankh-shaped health meter in the bottom left corner, an ammo meter in the bottom right, and blood points represented as a row of red drops across the top of the screen.

Unused Levels

  • The Public Library was cut early in development and was recreated using many assets still hidden in the game files by the Unofficial Patch.
  • The Hallowbrook atrium was hinted at by ingame info and was recreated using many assets still hidden in the game files by the Unofficial Patch.
  • The Malkavian Maze was visible in beta screenshots and was recreated using many assets still hidden in the game files by the Unofficial Patch.
  • The Warrens Shortcut was hinted at by beta sceenshots and was recreated using many assets still hidden in the game files by the Unofficial Patch.
  • The Santa Monica bus stop maps mention a Smoke Shop and a Coffee Shop. Both were recreated by the Unofficial Patch.

Layouts were sketched for revised versions of Santa Monica, Downtown, Hollywood and Chinatown based on feedback from testers. The revised levels were more compact, and intended to be easier to navigate and easier to hunt in. Only the revised version of Santa Monica was completed in time for release. Beta videos and screenshots show several differently looking hub level areas, probably exclusively made for the two E3 demos.

Regional Differences

The European release of bloodlines has a slight alteration to the game's intro, making the camera cut from the sheriff executing your sire to the gathered crowd happen a little earlier, which has been fixed by the Unofficial Patch. The rest of the game is uncensored.