'Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt' Developers Explain Their Battle Pass System

Sharkmob, the team behind Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt, has revealed that their upcoming free-to-play shooter will be monetized through a battle pass system, similar to Fortnite's.

The game's producer, David Sirland, spoke to Newsweek about this announcement in more detail during an exclusive interview.

'Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt' Battle Pass Explained

Vampire: The Masquerade began as a tabletop RPG (like Dungeons and Dragons), before going on to spawn multiple video game adaptations. While most of these spin-offs have kept to the franchise's roots, Bloodhunt is an attempt to transition into the online shooter market.

Specifically, it is a battle royale experience akin to Call of Duty: Warzone or Apex Legends.

Like most titles in this popular genre, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt will be monetized through a battle pass system. This was unveiled during a slot at yesterday's Future Games Show, where Sharkmob explained their plans for the game's season 0 content.

Using a similar model to Fortnite, the battle pass will enable you to unlock additional items by levelling up through a tiered progression system. Access to this will naturally be gated behind a paywall, but there is no word yet on how much it will cost.

Speaking to Newsweek in an exclusive interview, producer, David Sirland confirmed that the rewards from this battle pass are purely cosmetic. As such, they will not give premium customers any distinct gameplay advantages over everybody else.

Clarifying this, Sirland said: "It's vanity driven. In that sense, it is fairly standard and we are consciously shying away from putting anything [into the battle pass] that will have an impact on gameplay.

"In general, the focus is on making your own vampire. We want to help you make them look as cool and unique as possible. It's all about style essentially and we want to keep it that way. So, yes, we can confirm that the battle pass rewards will not interfere with the balance of gameplay."

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt Screenshot
Like "Fortnite" and "Apex Legends", "Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt" will be free to play and will be monetized through a battle pass system. Tencent

A new trailer, that was revealed at the Future Games Show broadcast, showcased some of the items that will be up for grabs through this battle pass. Among other things, they include different outfits, eyewear accessories, hairstyles, piercings, tattoos, makeup options, player icons and emotes.

The battle pass offering will also evolve over time along with the rest of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt. Speaking about this, Sirland added: "This is obviously a live service game, and we will be adding to it over time.

"We've already announced that we are adding a fourth playable clan [the Toreadors] but we do have plans for even further into the future. We have a solid foundation that we can build upon here, so now we just need to see what our players want. We are very focussed on that community in that respect."

What Is 'Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt'?

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt Screenshot
Sharkmob have confirmed that you will be able to customize the look of your very own vampire. Tencent

In Bloodhunt, gamers will get to choose from a selection of undead avatars (each with their own unique traits) and will then have to fend for themselves in the city of Prague. The objective here is to emerge as the last vampire standing by scavenging loot, eliminating rival players, and avoiding a bank of toxic gas that is slowly overtaking the map.

While these might all sound like fairly typical conventions of the battle royale genre, there are a few ways that the game hopes to distinguish itself from the competition. For example, there will be a number of supernatural powers at your disposal, including the ability to turn invisible and leap over tall buildings with ease.

There is also the titular "bloodhunt" system, which adds an element of stealth to proceedings. In a nutshell, you must keep to the shadows where possible and never reveal yourself to the human population on the street. If you fail to do this, then you will be issued a harsh penalty and your location will be marked on the map for everybody else to see.

In addition to the battle pass reveal, it was also announced during Gamescom that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt will shortly be arriving on Steam Early Access.

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