Banu Haqim clan joins Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 as third playable option

Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Banu Haqim

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has introduced the Banu Haqim clan, giving players a more expansive choice of which vampiric group to hail from and perks to experience. The information comes from game publisher Paradox Interactive and developer The Chinese Room.

Set in the early 17th century, players are thrust into the shoes of a so-called Elder Kindred Embraced named Phyre, and it is up to the players to choose which clan they will come from. While there is word about an upcoming fourth clan, current information suggests that players can choose from one of the following—Brujah, Tremere, and Banu Haqim.

The vampires in the game, in general, are known to be creatures of the dark. However, the Banu Haqim especially embodies that notion more profoundly by working in the shadows. By choosing the Banu Haqim as a clan, players opt for a more stealthy playstyle instead of a brutish approach. This implies a style of play that is largely unseen while meeting objectives.

The top brasses speak

The Chinese Room Project Creative Director Alex Skidmore said in a press release:

Making Phyre a Banu Haqim changes how players approach combat, offering a unique perspective to the game’s world. Players must approach encounters carefully to make the most of this clan’s gifts, timing their strikes with finesse and precision to achieve their goals. These Kindred are patient and careful, making them ideal for players looking for a strategic experience.

Paradox Interactive World of Darkness Executive Vice President Sean Greaney, meanwhile, said:

Banu Haqim are scholars, warriors, and guardians in Vampire: The Masquerade. Players eagerly awaiting a more tactical playstyle are getting the clan they’ve been anticipating. Each clan has distinct qualities that fulfill a unique player fantasy and shape how they experience Bloodlines 2. Kindred clans in Vampire: The Masquerade have their own long-lived worlds filled with history, motivations, and power structures. The Chinese Room has done an expert job translating these complex entities into an impactful RPG experience that is meaningful to players and feels at home in World of Darkness.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is slated for a multi-platform release, including the PlayStation 5, in Fall 2024.