According to a new Variety report, Paradox Interactive has signed a deal with Witcher production company Hivemind to develop new television and film projects based on World of Darkness’ RPG setting.
For those who are unfamiliar, World of Darkness is an RPG franchise launched in 1990 by White Wolf Publishing about supernatural creatures – vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc. – that live on the borders of our real world. There are also several video games based on the same mindset, at least one of which – Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines – is well-respected and fondly remembered.
EVE Online studio CCP Games acquired White Wolf in 2006 as part of their grand plan to develop a WoD MMO that unfortunately failed in 2014. A year later, White Wolf went to Paradox, which set hearts ablaze by giving Bloodlines 2 the green light. Unfortunately, this also happened, at least temporarily, when developer Hardsuit Labs was booted from the project and the whole thing was “delayed” indefinitely “in February.
Christine Boylan, author of shows like Castle, Constantine, Cloak and Dagger and The Punisher, has joined the project, as has Shadow and Bone showrunner and executive producer Eric Heisserer.
“Eric and Christine are some of the most extraordinary creators at work today,” said Jason Brown, president and co-founder of Hivemind. “They’re also players who have played in WoD from the very beginning. It’s a rare opportunity when the storyteller’s connection goes so deep, and it’s the alchemy that has led to many of our most popular and culturally resonant franchises Has.”
To be honest, I have some hesitation about this whole thing. I love Bloodlines, it’s one of the best RPG games I’ve ever played, but it’s also an exception to the rule made by all of the other completely nondescript World of Darkness games – and don’t forget, Bloodlines itself is did not do. ‘I didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it was new. The other side of that coin is The Witcher, of course, and if Netflix can turn an obscure story about a Polish monster hunter into gold on a small screen, can’t Paradox and the Witcher’s production company do the same with World of Darkness?
Specific titles and release targets have not yet been announced but are expected to be announced “in the coming year”. Hopefully we’ll have a word on Bloodlines 2 by then.