Paradox Interactive was recently responsible for launching an ARG dating site called Tender, which asked players some peculiar questions and had some eerie music.
There was a lot more going on behind the scenes of Tender than anyone had originally realized, with websites like the Game Detectives chronicling all of the information that had been released about the project, which included links to a conspiracy site called Trust No More.
Tender users received an email asking them to visit a Twitch channel called TenderBeta, which featured several cameras showing people trying to work out an Egyptian-themed Escape Room, with codes and puzzles for Tender being worked out by the fans in the channel.
One all of the codes had been revealed, a mysterious video was released on the channel by a group called Project Chimera, which showed the tide coming in near a dock and a city skyline in the distance. A letter appeared on the screen with a message that promised that 300 Tender users would be invited to a special event on March 21st in San Francisco, which just so happens to be where the 2019 GDC event is being held. The channel has just been repeating the clip of the water ever since.
All of the clues revealed by Tender suggest that the ARG is promoting the release of a new game based on the Vampire: The Masquerade license. The clip of the tide coming in has led some fans to believe that it's supposed to be showing Santa Monica in the background, which is the setting of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines: a game that is due to have its fifteen year anniversary.
It's possible that Paradox will announce a remake of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines or a sequel to the game at GDC, with a group of fans who followed the ARG invited to the event and being flown in from around the world to see the return of the World of Darkness.
It's also possible that Tender is totally unrelated to Vampire: The Masquerade, which would anger a lot of fans of Bloodlines, as it's considered to be one of the best role-playing video games of all time and is still receiving mods made by dedicated fans to this day.
The 2019 Game Developers Conference will be held from the 18th of March to the 22nd of March.