Black Rabbit of Inle
Re: Vampire, 5th Edition
Has any "transmedia" property ever taken off since the phrase was coined? Marvel/Disney predate it, maybe Borderlands? Warcraft? Certainly nothing that started life as an RPG, though?A bunch of particular choices aside, I suspect they'll more or less succeed at creating their own new edition of Vampire, very nearly the way they want it.
I am less sure that several of the traits displayed here - rushing to market, avoiding retcons or resets of the canon (religiously so!), the apparent overriding influence of a core swedish brain trust over their (super qualified!) contractors - bode at all well for their transmedia aspirations. The RPG will do fine. The video game(s) will probably be idiosyncratic but neat. It's the fiction and visual media and so forth that seems likely to struggle.