Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York

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You’re a nobody. An outcast in your own vampiric sect. A political prisoner of no particular value. An immigrant who never found her roots in a city of immigrants. A chainsmoker whose favorite pastime is staring blankly at the streets through the windows of a fast food joint at 4AM. The sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach tells you that you’re doomed, and distorted voices from the shadows seem to agree. The curse of your clan makes interacting with everyday technology difficult. Dissociation is your natural state.

But when New York’s Anarch leader meets a gruesome end, out of all the bloodsuckers in the metropolis, you’re the one picked to investigate. Make no mistake: this is obviously a trap, yet another move in the horrible game of Jyhad, the eternal struggle for power between warring vampire generations. But you’re Lasombra, and if there’s one thing you know, it’s this: if the Ventrue Prince and her followers underestimate you, they’re going to deeply regret it.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York is a visual novel set in the rich universe of Vampire: The Masquerade. It acts as a stand-alone expansion and a companion piece to our previous title, Coteries of New York. While Coteries was a general introduction to the world depicted in the 5th Edition of the hit tabletop role-playing game, Shadows presents a more personal and unique tale.

  • A visual novel tackling themes of personal and political horror, suitable for both Vampire: The Masquerade veterans, and fans of narrative-driven games who are newcomers to the setting.
  • A stand-alone expansion to Coteries of New York. See the familiar metropolis through entirely different eyes. Expect new characters, new locations and a fresh original soundtrack.
  • Play as a member of the Lasombra clan. Formerly vicious foes of the Camarilla, the Magisters decided to search for safety in the ranks of their former enemies. Master the shadows and communicate with the inhabitants of the Other Side, but beware – Oblivion is always lurking out there, ready to devour you whole.
  • Explore the streets of the Big Apple. While you search for ways to satiate your bloodthirst, catch glimpses of various fascinating vignettes and forge connections with the eccentric inhabitants of the city. One playthrough won’t be enough to see it all.
  • Shape your mind, shape your fate. You used to avoid defining yourself and tried to stay neutral, but given your situation, you can no longer afford to do so. The choices you make will alter the way you think, and your thinking will alter the paths you take.

 

 

If it’s called Vampire: The Masquerade, does that mean you have something in common with World of Darkness, Bloodlines 2, Redemption, the cult tabletop RPG system, or...?

Yes. Shadows of New York is set in the same shared universe, but offers stand-alone experiences and stories. You may spot some connections with the other titles, but Shadows is not a sequel to any existing products. The World of Darkness is a media franchise and shared universe, shaped by various creators and participants, meaning: all stand-alone stories play into a greater whole. Berlin falling to the Anarchs during an official LARP, the Lasombra clan joining forces with the Camarilla in the Vampire: The Masquerade - Chicago By Night 5th Edition sourcebook, Sophie Langley’s plot to take control of New York in Coteries of New York – all of these events subtly influence and interact with each other.

Do I need to play Coteries of New York to understand and enjoy the story of Shadows of New York?                                                                                                                              
Not at all. Shadows of New York is a stand-alone expansion to Coteries of New York, which means it shares the New York City setting and a large part of the supporting cast with our previous title, but is designed to offer a different experience. Coteries served as an introduction to the basics of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition – it was focused on showcasing different vampire Clans and core concepts of the setting through the point of view of a newly-fledged vampire, a character who did have a defined backstory, but by and large meant to serve as a player avatar.

Shadows of New York is a more personal story, told from the perspective of a well-defined character who’s already integrated into the Kindred society and has a developed inner monologue of her own (which means you influence her personality instead of shaping it). Those who are familiar with Coteries will already know a large part of the cast and catch some references that would otherwise go unnoticed, but those who decide to start with Shadows and get back to Coteries later should be able to enjoy both experiences just as much as they would if they played them in their release order. The two stories are essentially separate, different both tonally and thematically.

Which platforms will Shadows of New York be available on? Will there be a simultaneous release date?

Shadows of New York will launch simultaneously on PC (Windows/Mac OS/Linux), PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Does the game support controllers?
Yes. You’ll be able to play both with mouse and keyboard, as well as with a controller.

Dear members of #vamily, I hope my message finds you well! On behalf of Draw Distance, I wish you healthy, peaceful and joyful Christmas and a great 2021, free of COVID! Thank you for your continuous support throughout the whole year! Please remember that you're always welcome to join our Discord, where you can speak directly with our developers! All the best to you, Jacek @ Draw Distance

2020-12-23

Hello dear members of #vamily, I hope my message finds you in good health! The Holiday season is getting closer every day, but before we can all enjoy time with our families, there's Autumn Sale and nominations to Steam Awards to deal with! We're happy to announce that Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York takes part in the Steam Autumn Sale between November 25th and December 1st and is available 20% cheaper (the same discount applies to the Deluxe Edition, the official soundtrack and th...

2020-11-25

Dear members of #vamily! I hope my message finds you in good health! In these dark times I bring good news! We have just signed an agreement, which guarantees that Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York will be available in French by the end of the first half of 2021! It's also crucial to note that the translation is being prepared by very talented Benjamin Doussot - the same person who worked on the French version of Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York! We're super happy and e...

2020-11-05

Hello dear members of #vamily! I hope our message finds you in good health! Halloween is upon us and it's a great message for all fans of horrors and monsters of the night. To properly celebrate this special time, Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York is taking part in the Steam Halloween Sale! Until November 2nd you can buy Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York 15% cheaper (we've set the same discount on the game's official soundtrack and artbook) or get the whole package and bu...

2020-10-30

В начале этого года мы уже рассказывали о визуальной новелле Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York, которая должна была стать подготовкой к погружению в богатый мир тьмы вместе с Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, но коронавирус и проблемы с производством внесли свои коррективы. В итоге творение Hardsuit Labs переехало на следующий год, а Draw Distance выпустила вторую по счету визуальную новеллу. Впрочем, Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York назвать визуальной новеллой мо...

2020-09-21

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

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  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1
  • Processor: Dual Core 3 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ​1 GB VRAM OpenGL 2.1+
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

 

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

 

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 10.12+
  • Processor: Dual Core 3 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ​1 GB VRAM OpenGL 2.1+
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

 

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

 

LINUX SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
  • Processor: Dual Core 3 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ​1 GB VRAM OpenGL 2.1+
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

 

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

 

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