A valiant effort to rouse Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines from the coffin has been stopped as CCP Games hammers in the nails. Dedicated fans were trying to give the series an injection of new life.
CCP Games legal department however, likely in service to the Masquerade, has sent forth a "cease and desist" order preventing the use of any copyright and trademarked material. It's a stake to the heart.
Known as 'Project Vaulderie' the team behind it all was going to bring Bloodlines to the Unity engine, escaping the rather ageing Source engine. Why not use an updated version of Source? In their own words it just wasn't up to snuff, and so they took aim at Unity.
Here's what Project Vaulderie have to say:
"We’re very sad to report that we received a Cease & Desist e-mail from CCP Games, asking us to cease game development, remove any materials that might contain Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, names, locations or related elements from the sites we control, and cease any further use of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines property, and in a disappointment shared among our team we are complying with that request. All of this invalidates our effort and the meaning of the entire project: as a remake of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines cannot be a remake without its original contents."
It's a tragedy for the fans, especially given the scrapping of CCP's MMO, which of course wasn't going to anything near as grand as an all-new single-player RPG. This is why it's doubly depressing to even have the efforts of fans be stopped.
"We want to see this game thrive, in a time and industry where games with deep lore and storylines like Bloodlines simply are hard to come by. Project Vaulderie would help revive interest in a game that was forgotten with time, and I believe all parties could have benefit from its creation," they continued.
You can check out the cease and desist announcement on the Project Vaulderie website.