Malkavian Clan Revealed for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
The Malkavian is the fifth and last clan featured in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 at launch, as revealed yesterday by developer Hardsuit Labs. Previously confirmed clans include Tremere, Ventrue, Toreador and Brujah and others will be added post-launch as free DLC.
As fans of Vampire: The Masquerade already know, this clan’s curse is insanity, though it also comes with exclusive abilities that they are able to use to mess with anyone else’s minds.
Malkavians invade the minds of their victims, using Dementation to impart an imperfect version of their psychoses on them. Auspex allows Malkavians to slip deeper into their condition, expanding their senses beyond the boundaries of their bodies.
Haunt – Imparts an unseen spectre in the minds of victims. Unable to control themselves, they’ll try to flee in a panic.
Berserk – Fills the vampire’s targets with an uncontrollable rage, causing them to lash out at anything nearby – even the air itself, if no better target is available.
Use of Dementation, while thoroughly unsettling, is not a Masquerade Violation.
Aura Sense – Allows the vampire to spot NPCs through walls, read crowds at a glance, and mark individuals, staying aware of them even over long distances. It also reveals the weaknesses of a marked NPC.
Psychic Projection – Forces the vampire’s mind from their body, allowing it to explore the area in astral form and use Aura Sight to mark any character they spot. The vampire’s senses have developed to such an extent that they may end up telepathically overwhelming the senses of others for a short while.
Use of Auspex is not a Masquerade Violation.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is currently set to launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 2020. On PC, the game will feature ray tracing and Deep Learning Super-Sampling thanks to the partnership with NVIDIA.