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Vampire The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York

The Vampire: The Masquerade series is on a roll. Barely a year since its last game launched, Draw Distance and Dear Villagers are back with a new game: Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York. It takes over from where the second installment of the New York Trilogy, Shadows of New York, left things, enhancing the storyline and bringing it to a climactic ending.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York promises a satisfying ending to the intriguing story. It also contains a few new features, including new gameplay mechanics. Here is a detailed overview of everything we know about the new game.

What is Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York?

kindred on a van looking over New York city

Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York is a visual novel game set in the World of Darkness Universe. It is the third and final installment in the New York Trilogy, which also includes Coteries of New York and Shadows of New York.

Story

Vampire The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York

Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York follows the story behind the political turmoil rocking a community of vampires in New York. Players take on the role of Kindred, a vampire who's always struggling to maintain their humanity.

You are a member of a community of vampires living in New York City. The community is fractured by the ongoing political supremacy battles between the Anarch and Camarilla clans. There is mistrust and tension among the vampires, which threatens the occurrence of violent confrontations.

Interestingly, the game provides players the opportunity to take on the story from two distinct perspectives, each with unique insights into the conflict.

Ultimately, the story in this game plans to complete the larger storyline in the New York Trilogy. The story began with Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York. Arturo, a prominent member of the court, orchestrates a scheme to manipulate Langley into making a power play. Langley falls into Arturo’s trap and plans to expose a secret affair between Pince Panhard and Anarch leader Boss Callihan. Langley’s plan fails, resulting in her execution.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York followed up on the story with a plot built on the death of Boss Callihan. Julia Sowinski, an investigative journalist and new fledgling, investigates the boss’ death. She discovers a scheme between several high-profile members of the court, including Aisling, Arturo, and Callihan. She also learns that Torque, the presumed new Anarch boss, betrayed the revolution and collaborated with Boss Callihan, an opportunist.

The story has two endings, depending on Julia’s decisions and actions. On the one hand, she can use the truth as leverage to move up the ladder and eliminate Dakota. Alternatively, she can play ball and sweep the story under the rug by lying that Boss Callihan committed suicide. Interestingly, the story in Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York will also have two endings based on your decisions.

Gameplay

An injure kindred

Players become a kindred who finds themselves amidst a political conflict. They then must decide whether to carve out your own destiny or follow your potentially deadly ambitions. Notably, every decision and move you make matters and could be the difference between life and final death.

As a visual novel, the gameplay mechanics in Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York is mostly text-based. Playing involves making dialogue with other characters and choosing from multiple decisions on what to say or do. The narrative branches in different directions based on your words or actions. Interestingly, the story will have two conclusions. Besides storytelling, you must also monitor and balance your humanity and hunger for blood.

The developers promise new gameplay mechanics to help you utilize the power of Disciplines. Notably, Disciplines are like abilities that help vampires overcome their challenges. For example, the Presence Discipline enables vampires to either attract or scare humans. In contrast, the Dominate Discipline enables them to hypnotize and control minds. Interestingly, the variety and types of Disciplines vary from one vampire clan to another.

Besides the main campaign and narrative, the game will also feature a few loyalty quests and side quests. Side quests help give you more insight into the vampire community, while loyalty quests help create bonds with more characters.

Development

Vampire The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York

Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York is currently under development by Draw Distance, a Polish studio. Dear Villagers will publish the game.

Trailer

Vampire The Masquerade Coteries of New York Launch Trailer

The official trailer for Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York only offers a taste of what’s coming. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t share much information regarding the story’s direction, only revealing that the political turmoil in New York is at an all-time high. “New York has never been as dangerous for Kindred as it is these nights,” says D’Angelo at the beginning of the trailer. Indeed, you can feel the tension through the subtle conversations between characters from different clans.

Besides bits and pieces of the storyline, the trailer also showcases some of the game’s characters and environments. The most notable characters in the trailer include Kali Ravnos and Padraic Caitiff, while others include D’Angelo, Ms. Duval, and Qadir.

Notably, the trailer’s dark atmosphere reflects the danger and tension in New York. Most of the environments appear gloomy, and the characters look agitated. Interestingly, the trailer ends in suspense with Kali looking wounded but resolute as she stands behind a fire.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

Release information

The developers of Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York have not scheduled a specific release date. However, the game is expected to launch soon or before the year’s end, considering it is set in 2024 New York. The game is available on Steam, and you can add it to your wishlist to get a notification as soon as it launches.

The game is the third installment in the New York Trilogy, which is contained in the series’ fifth edition. Fortunately, it will be incredibly versatile and compatible with all platforms. You can play it on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. Interestingly, you can download a demo version on the game’s Steam page.

So, what’s your take on our preview of Vampire: The Masquerade – Reckoning of New York? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

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