All signs point towards Clan Moulder being one of the next DLC factions, which means that CA has pushed all the major Skaven clans into WH2. Leaving aside Thanquol and the Verminlords for the moment, this is about the most attention and thoroughness that any race has yet recieved in the series. This brings up a question: Will we see the same treatment for the Vampire Bloodlines? The Vampires were basically the Skaven of WH1 in some sense, they got more attention than they perhaps were entitled to. And yet, as much as the Vampires have recieved, they in reality only have 2 different start positions: Sylvania and the Barrow fortress in the Grey Mountains. As WH3 draws near the question is what more can they expect to recieve, especially if all the bloodlines, already generically represented in terms of lords, will some day see playable status.
Now, some of the Bloodlines are more likely than others, specifically 2 of them imo:
Neferata - Lahmians: This is basically a given for WH3. Neferata is my candidate to bring in remaining missing Vampire units like Spirit Hosts, Morghasts and Abyssal Terrors etc and also the one to center around a Nagash-themed campaign. Having Nagash as a starting faction I feel is not the way of implementing him, he should be an end-game unlock when Neferata, starting in Silver Pinnacle, conquers Nagashizzar. So that's basically the Lahmian line more or less confirmed.
Ushoran - Strigoi: Strygos has a decent chance of making it in as well, either for the last WH2 DLC/FLC or as a later WH3 addition. Assuming that Imrik is not included in WH3, then the Fortress of Vorag is an excellent start for Strygos. Or even if the newly added Mourkain is included in game 3, they can start there as well as they would do in ME. Im personally hoping for a DLC specifically, with the hopes of integrating living Strigany units into their roster in order for a true Strygos experience. Just Ghouls would just be bland and boring.
But then there are the, imo, less likely Bloodlines:Abhorash or the Red Duke - Blood Dragons:
Don't get me wrong, Abhorash is an awesome character, but if assuming the previously mentioned lines are gonna be implemented, then that already pushed the Vampires to 7 lords. At this point I think we need to prioritize. There are several things that are against the Blood Dragons being playable. For one, Abhorash's, assuming for the moment that the Red Duke won't make it and remain only as a big bad guy for Mousillon (assuming also that its not given to Mallobaude), faction would need different mechanics than the others. Blood Keep is not an option as the Grey Mountains are already crowded enough as they are and Abhorash has always been a wanderer. In order to properly represent him we would need some sort of Vampire horde-system, plus a very different system of vampiric corruption. And honestly, his story does seem him much more fitted as a Legendary Hero than a Faction Lord, roaming the world for worthy opponents and all. This makes me question whether we will ever see the Blood Dragons in the game.W'Soran or Zacharias the Everliving - the Nercrarchs:
This is the Bloodline I see as the least likely of making it into the game, really ever. This would push them up to 9 lords total. And there are several problems with the Necrarchs. For one, atleast with the Blood Dragons we could also hope for the addition of some Blood Dragon infantry, but there is nothing new unit-wise that is connected to the Necrarchs. They are basically just unique leaders for standard vampire factions, which we already have. Plus, the leadership of this bloodline is seriously in question. W'Soran has a very minor role in the lore in that he basically helps Nagash screw over Nehekhara and then vanishes. There is a far more famous Necrarch in Zacharias the Everliving. It would be a bit strange if all the Bloodlines had their founders as leaders, except the Necrarchs, especially since it would be just a standard Vampire faction. A faction, depending on leader, that would start either in Rasetra, sandwiched between Kroq-Gar and Khalida, or in Ostland. Again, I don't really see the Necrarchs happening at all.But what do you think guys? Are we going to see all the Bloodlines in the future?