The Clan Nosferatu data network "Shrecknet" is named in honor of Max Schreck, the German actor who played the role of Graf Orlok in Nosferatu (1922), which inspired both the name and look of the clan in role-playing series.
In November 2004, after completing "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines", developer Troika Games laid off all its employees in two waves, except for the three owners: 'Jason Anderson (V)', Leonard Boyarsky and 'Tim Cain'. Several employees stayed on without pay to work on patch 1.2. In February 2005, Troika Games closed down its offices.
The first game released after Half-Life 2 (2004) to use Valve's Source 3-D graphics engine technology. One character encountered early in the game - a woman with psychic abilities - strongly resembles Half-Life 2's "Alyx Vance".
Early on in the game, you can catch your first glimpse of The Southland Slasher. When you first enter the diner, he is standing in a corner to the left. You can have a slight conversation with him, but he is very abrupt and doesn't say much. Aside from when you finish the serial killer mission, this is the only time throughout the game you can encounter him.
When you first arrive at the Santa Monica beach, you may see Beckett in his animal form following you. Just before heading up to the pier, stop on the stairs and look at the cliffs in front of you - you will see a wolf running away.
Although the game "went gold" in early October, "Bloodlines" could not be released before Valve's Half-Life 2 (2004) because both games made use of Valve's new graphics engine technology and Valve wanted their own game to debut first. This enabled Troika Games to work on a "Bloodlines" patch, fixing a number of game issues, which was then integrated into the duplication master before the game was shipped in mid-November. Therefore, Version 1.1 was the version that first shipped.
In the game all the shotguns and most of the guns are referred to as Boom-Sticks, a reference to _Army of Darkness (1993)_, in which the character Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, famously calls his shotgun his "boomstick."
While taking part in the experiment at the Fu Syndicate, you are put up against a group of the mercenaries called the Belmont Team. This refers to the video game Castlevania (1986) (aka "Castlevania"), in which the family of vampire hunters all have the surname Belmont and must fight Dracula.
The news report on television documents the story of a giant creature washed up on the coast of Providence. The creature is identified as a cephalopod. Author H.P. Lovecraft is well know for the love of his hometown Providence, and his most famous creation was a giant cephalopod named Cthulhu.