Paradox Interactive has released a new indie publishing program called Unbound that allows sovereign developers to create games set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe, and to make money on them if they want.
Naturally, the Unbound program is not an open ended free for all. Unbound games can only be provided on Itch.io (there’s an Unbound page there already) and creators cannot raise money through crowdfunding or personal pages, although funding through methods allowed by the Dark Pack agreement, including Patreon, YouTube, and Twitch, are okay. Games must be set in the Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition story world, but won’t be considered officially canon in the World of blackness universe and in fact cannot have either Vampire: The Masquerade or World of Darkness in the title. They can be nonfictional or contemporary, but have to take place in the “real world” either way—no sci-fi, high fantasy, or steampunk, for now.
Paradox will also keep 33% of any interest earned on Unbound games, which is a a very big amount, more than Steam take. Although imaginably fair, given the free access to the Vampire license. Developers, on the other hand, will hold on to the ownership of all game assets that don’t use World of Darkness property, and are free to sell them in art books, soundtracks, or whatever.
Paradox officially allows fans to create Vampire: The Masquerade games
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Paradox: Six vampire games
These are the first six games from the Vampire Jam publishing under the Unbound program:
DESCENT: durable ghost adventure set in an old desk in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Find out who the people are and stay safe while revealing the alarming story.
THE CHANTRY TRIALS: A puzzle game with ghost elements where the main lead undergoes various “tests” to prove desirable as a Vampire of clan Tremere.
THE GAME OF ELDERS: An important card game with enough of options to research. Play as an Elder Vampire who uses all resources or benefits available to live.
THE AUTUMN PEOPLE: First Person Shooter that boost analysis to reveal its story, set in recent night Phoenix, AZ.
PRAXIS: A mix of 4X plan and roleplaying where you climb to the top of the Vampire ranking in Portland, Oregon. Build up a coterie of like-minded Kindred, collect intel and inspire, and get Praxis!
PRODIGAL: Inquire into a decaying mansion and your distorted psyche to reveal the truth of your memories in a Vampire: The Masquerade point-and-click adventure.
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