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Offline Silver Sorrow

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries Of New York
« on: November 23, 2019, 10:43:11 AM »
...whaaaaaaat??

Indeed. Just got the email this morning -- for once, being on a mailing list was actually useful -- and it's the same guys working on the Bloodlines 2 game. Well...they're both handled (published?) by Paradox Interactive, to be somewhat more precise. (This studio is Draw Distance, the other is Hardsuit Labs.) And they're both set in the World Of Darkness, so...there you go.

The Steam page.

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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.

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Coteries of New York will be available on PC (Windows, MAC OS, Linux) and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch on both platforms simultaneously. Other platforms, like PS4 and Xbox One, are not out of the question, but we're taking a "wait and see" approach.

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Coteries of New York will be released in Q4 2019! We’ll unveil the final date when we’re closer to launch.

Specifically, December 4th 2019.  :ss-weird1  Yeah, I know. Wasn't expecting that. Or the whole thing, really.

My favorite part:

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The game includes offensive language, violence, drug addiction references, alcohol depiction, black humor, blasphemy, characters with extreme opinions, critique of ideology and religion.

They left out exsanguination. "I knew they're vampires, but no one told me there'd be stuff about blood-drinkin' in there!"
He's right. We're standing in horse neers.

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Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries Of New York
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2019, 01:04:28 PM »
I reserve my judgement. Apparently the gameplay is more akin to a visual novel than to what we're accustomed to. Plus "Coteries of New York"? Well it will be interesting to see how they handle the situation (considering that Bloodlines was set in New-York so possibly most people familiar with the series will have some expectations).

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They left out exsanguination. "I knew they're vampires, but no one told me there'd be stuff about blood-drinkin' in there!"

I think it's implied between "Violence", "Drug addiction references" and "alcohol depiction"... wine/blood potato/patato, same difference :lol:


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Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries Of New York
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2019, 11:18:38 AM »
So I'm currently playing CoNY (let's abreviate the s**t out of it, right?). It's interesting. I went in with no expectation whatsoever because after all it's an interactive novel and I'm rarely fond of those but it appears to be OK. They got the music right, they got the lore right (which is damn important). Characters are mostly interesting. The events take place after VTMB or what is referred to in the game as the Second Inquisition triggered by the alphabet agencies hacking shreknet which gave them an inside look into the vampire underworld. A lot of kindreds consequently suffered final death at the hands of a multinational special anti-vampire forces, including the Society of Leopold. The exact number of surviving kindred is unknown but it's clearly not a comfortable time to be one.

One regret about CoNY is that one can only play as a Brujah, a Ventrue or a Toreador (even though one meets members of the other clans during the story) and you can't even choose your gender or appearance -- not that it matters much in this particular setting. Of course the player starts as an unauthorized fledgling and is rescued from their execution at the hands of the Sheriff by Sophie Langley; a Toreador whom proposes the Prince to take the player under her wing as a surrogate Sire.

From what I see those who already know VtM won't really learn anything knew but they will be brought up to speed on current events (look at that, the Thin-Bloods have their own primogen now even if they are still looked down by other clans, the losses taken during the Second Inquisition don't allow anymore to be picky). Newcomers to VtM will have a full crash course on the world and the lore, including an encyclopedia that fills up during the story. All in all a good way to prepare for the upcoming Bloodlines 2 or to play VTMB for the first time (and if you still haven't, you should -- no I'm not talking to you Silver, I know you eat the stuff for breakfast  :lol:)


Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. -- A. Einstein