For those with even a little knowledge about the tabletop industry, this is a promising sign. White Wolf has shown itself to be a fairly savvy, professional organization, but the group setting about to revive the Vampire the Masquerade franchise is still an unproven quantity. However much its individual members have achieved, this team has yet to put out a completed physical product. The solution appears to be a partnership with Modiphius Entertainment, a company well versed in the practices and pitfalls of RPG book production. With many titles over multiple genres under its belt, this means that White Wolf is leaving nothing to chance, putting its work in the hands of people who are likely to deliver high quality material on a deadline. Read below for more details on this new partnership.
White Wolf Entertainment, creators of the World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade, is partnering with Modiphius Entertainment to distribute Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (V5) worldwide in English.
Vampire: The Masquerade, the classic that changed role-playing games forever, returns in a fifth edition! V5 features a streamlined and modern rules design, beautiful new full-color art, and a rich story experience for new and returning players. Powered by the innovative Hunger cycle, the game also includes rules for creating system supported character coteries, Loresheets to directly involve players with their favorite parts of the setting, and Memoriam, a new way to bring the character’s detailed backgrounds and expand on them in-session.
V5 is a return to Vampire’s original vision, moving boldly into the 21st century. While the rules have been redesigned, this new edition honors the deep story of the original, advancing the metaplot from where it left off and detailing exactly what has happened in the world of the Kindred up until tonight. The terror of the Second Inquisition, the conspiracies behind the Gehenna War, and the rekindling of the War of Ages: these are the building blocks of the modern V5 chronicle.
The ultimate game of personal and political horror roleplaying game, Vampire: The Masquerade, will see its fifth edition this year with the pre-order period starting midday GMT on Saturday the 28th of April. The V5 preorder will start shipping from August with the first release, the core book, available in stores from September. Two more V5 books will be released later in the Fall, the Camarilla and the Anarch setting books. V5 will also be available in other languages by the end of the year. Please visit the pre-order page for more details: https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade
“V5 is the foundation in our efforts of making Vampire: The Masquerade and the whole World of Darkness a global phenomena and one of the world biggest entertainment IPs”, says White Wolf CEO Tobias Sjögren. “We are incredibly proud of what the amazing team we had working on V5 have achieved and we are really looking forward to working with Modiphius getting this product in the hands of old as well as new Vampire fans.”
“Vampire was a turning point in roleplaying culture and we’re proud to be part of the next evolution of this incredible world”, says Modiphius CEO Chris Birch.
The long anticipated V5 launch will feature three main full colour hardback books, the V5 corebook, the Anarch and Camarilla sourcebooks as well as an official V5 dice set, V5 storyteller screen and V5 notebook. All three books will also be available in a high quality slipcase for collectors along with a special edition of the corebook. For those wanting to mark this new edition, a collector’s edition of the corebook will also be available. The online pre-order will feature bundles including the V5 dice set, V5 storyteller screen and V5 notebook.
Modiphius will be launching a retail pre-order via its usual distributors at the same time, which will include special pre-order case bundles to get retailers started as a V5 retail partner, supported by downloadable digital flyers, posters, and web banners.
V5 will be available for pre-order at https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade.
V5 has been developed, designed, and written by Kenneth Hite, Mark Rein-Hagen, Matthew Dawkins, Juhana Peterson, Martin Ericsson, Karim Muammar, Mary Lee, Karl Bergström, Freja Gyldenstrøm, Jennifer Smith, Tia Carolina, Jason Andrew, and Jason Carl.
V5 is published by White Wolf and distributed worldwide in English by Modiphius.
Check back here for more information, and be aware that preorders are live this Saturday if you want to be on the ground floor of this new property.