Paradox Interactive has revealed that the last playable clan available in the base version of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 at launch will be the Malkavians, who are known for both their incredible foresight and for the madness that controls each member of the clan in a different way.
When a mortal is turned into a Malkavian, their mental state is altered forever. The exact nature of the derangement is unique to each Malkavian, though many are still capable of being functioning members of Kindred society, otherwise, they would be not allowed to walk among the mortals and potentially endanger the Masquerade.
If the player takes on the bloodline of the Malkavians, then they will gain access to the disciplines of Auspex and Dementation. Auspex is known as the Seer's ability, and it grants the user supernatural senses, to the point where they can see enemies through walls and can temporarily leave their body to use their spirit to scout ahead. Dementation allows the Malkavian to impart some of their madness into another being, which can have chaotic results.
The return of the Dementation discipline is a huge change from the current edition of the Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop game. In the older editions of Vampire: The Masquerade and in the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines video game, the Malkavians had access to a range of powers through the Dementation discipline. In the current edition of Vampire: The Masquerade, Dementation is now a single power that is part of the Dominate discipline. It's possible that Paradox Interactive chose to bring back the Dementation discipline to appease the fans of the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.
The Malkavians were one of the most popular clans in the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, as they had a range of bizarre conversation options that allowed them to communicate with everything from street signs to TV sets. It was often advised to save playing as a Malkavian for a second run-through of the game, as their rambling dialogue would often spoil events that were to come. We can only hope that Paradox Interactive puts as much creativity and thought into their treatment of the Malkavians as the developers of the original game did.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in March 2020.