Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Draw Distance
Release Date: Q3 2020

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'Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York' (ALL) Planned For Q3 2020, Plot Details - Screens

by Rainier on June 26, 2020 @ 10:01 a.m. PDT

Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York is a visual novel set in the rich universe of Vampire: The Masquerade.

Your old life is dead and buried. You have no afterlife to look forward to, and your vampiric unlife is about to fall apart unless you solve an unsolvable crime. Welcome to New York City... and welcome to the Lasombra clan, where failure is not an option.

You’re a nobody. An outcast in your own vampiric sect. A political prisoner of no particular value. An immigrant who never found her roots in a city of immigrants. A chainsmoker whose favorite pastime is staring blankly at the streets through the windows of a fast food joint at 4AM. The sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach tells you that you’re doomed, and distorted voices from the shadows seem to agree. The curse of your clan makes interacting with everyday technology difficult. Dissociation is your natural state.

But when New York’s Anarch leader meets a gruesome end, out of all the bloodsuckers in the metropolis, you’re the one picked to investigate. Make no mistake: this is obviously a trap, yet another move in the horrible game of Jyhad, the eternal struggle for power between warring vampire generations. But you’re Lasombra, and if there’s one thing you know, it’s this: if the Ventrue Prince and her followers underestimate you, they’re going to deeply regret it.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York is a visual novel set in the rich universe of Vampire: The Masquerade. It acts as a stand-alone expansion and a companion piece to our previous title, Coteries of New York. While Coteries was a general introduction to the world depicted in the 5th Edition of the hit tabletop role-playing game, Shadows presents a more personal and unique tale.

The majority of the action of Shadows of New York takes place several months after Coteries of New York concludes, so players will be able to see many familiar faces on both the Camarilla and Anarch sides (vampiric factions).

We can expect a comeback of certain characters known from Coteries of New York, among others Prince Hellene Panhard and Sheriff Qadir Al-Asmai, with the Sheriff playing a bigger and slightly more empathetic role than in Coteries. We will also introduce new characters and some of them will be hailing directly from pen and paper version of VtM: New York by Night and V5: Camarilla sourcebooks. Torque and Mia, our main Anarch representatives from Coteries of New York will also appear in Shadows, though expect their relationship to have evolved over the past several months.

All four of the companions from Coteries of New York - Agathon, D’Angelo, Hope and Tamika - will make an appearance. Hope, especially, will enjoy a much different role than in Coteries.

Key Features:

  • A visual novel tackling themes of personal and political horror, suitable for both Vampire: The Masquerade veterans, and fans of narrative-driven games who are newcomers to the setting.
  • A stand-alone expansion to Coteries of New York. See the familiar metropolis through entirely different eyes. Expect new characters, new locations and a fresh original soundtrack.
  • Play as a member of the Lasombra clan. Formerly vicious foes of the Camarilla, the Magisters decided to search for safety in the ranks of their former enemies. Master the shadows and communicate with the inhabitants of the Other Side, but beware – Oblivion is always lurking out there, ready to devour you whole.
  • Explore the streets of the Big Apple. While you search for ways to satiate your bloodthirst, catch glimpses of various fascinating vignettes and forge connections with the eccentric inhabitants of the city. One playthrough won’t be enough to see it all.
  • Shape your mind, shape your fate. You used to avoid defining yourself and tried to stay neutral, but given your situation, you can no longer afford to do so. The choices you make will alter the way you think, and your thinking will alter the paths you take.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC in Q3 2020.

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