Paradox Interactive continued to publish numerous games from smaller developers over the next several years, finding success in games like Magicka from Arrowhead Game Studios the publisher's first title to break 1 million copies sold and War of the Roses from Fatshark. Wester and others in Paradox admitted in that this approach had been ambitious and led to issues with quality control in the resulting games, leading to a general impression about Paradox games being buggy. West , a spinoff of the Hearts of Iron series, By , the company had made a decision to become much more selective of which titles to publish, making sure they were able to provide the necessary quality control support each title needed before agreeing to publish.
One of Paradox Interactive's more notable publishing deals was their agreement with Colossal Order in to publish their Cities in Motion transportation simulation game, and later its sequel Cities in Motion 2. However, the release of the SimCity game was poorly received due to several difficulties with online services required to play the game. Paradox greenlit Colossal Order for its city simulation game, Cities: Skylines ,   which was released in and has sold over 5 million copies by Another notable collaboration for Paradox was with Obsidian Entertainment.
Obsidian, having struggled financially, crowd-sourced the development of a new game, Pillars of Eternity , and entered into a publishing deal for it through Paradox.
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The company will complete the process within the year with the intention of spreading ownership between employees and players of their games and "looking for long-term owners who want to take part in the Paradox journey". The studio was established to develop mobile games based on Paradox's properties. Wester announced in February that he plans to step down as CEO by August , but will remain as the executive chairman of the board, while current board member Ebba Ljungerud will take his place. The move is aimed to give Wester more ability to look for growth opportunities while Ljungerud handles the day-to-day operations of the company, which had since grown to about employees since its foundation.
Paradox announced the opening of Paradox Tectonic, located in Berkeley, California , in March , with Rod Humble serving as studio lead. Paradox Interactive has generally focused on publishing grand strategy games made by its subsidiary, Paradox Development Studio. Grand strategy games are played on a real-world map, marked by the use of standard real-time elements but with an ability to make any and all changes even while paused. Almost all Paradox games have historical settings and demonstrate a reasonable commitment to historical accuracy.
Paradox Interactive games are also characteristically complex, with highly detailed gameplay models and consequently steep learning curves. Examples of these grand strategy games in Paradox' catalog include Europa Universalis series and the Hearts of Iron series. Along with grand strategy games, Paradox's catalog also has come to include simulation and management games , such as the Cities in Motion series and Cities: Skylines , and computer role-playing games such as Pillars of Eternity. The publisher has ventured into other genres in the period between and , but have since shifted focus back to these three core areas; according to Shams Jorjani, the vice president of business development, "We had this vision of people buying a Paradox game without knowing what the game was; that 'Paradox' should be a guarantee for a type of game experience".
Magicka had been successful, so between and , the publisher greenlit a number of different titles from across a number of genres, which, on retrospective, the publisher found that they could not properly manage or promote well, leading them to limit themselves to three core genres. Paradox is known to support games following their release with a long tail of updates to their games often several years after release.
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Some of these are free updates or DLC s, many add large game changing elements to the game and the way it is played. Paradox board member Ebba Ljungerud justified this part of their business model by stating "We want to make really great games for our fans, and we can't do that if we don't charge something for the development". This leads to several games having large amounts of DLC, which leads to large costs in order to obtain the new features.
Paradox tries to make games that are open and easy to edit moddable , from tweaking a saved game to creating an entirely new scenario. Modding can be accomplished with simple tools and basic knowledge of scripting. To assist modders to figure out how to edit the game on their own, the Paradox forums provide fan-compiled libraries of "how to" advice. Due to this, each game has a very large number of mods, ranging from minor additions to complete system overhauls. In January , White Wolf announced its partnership with video game publisher Focus Home Interactive for the video game adaptation of Werewolf: The Apocalypse , a tabletop role-playing game set in the World of Darkness.
The game will be developed by the game development studio Cyanide and released on PC and consoles. The acquisition was considered to be a good fit by both commentators and the involved companies, based on similarities in product genres and corporate culture. In January , Paradox acquired the intellectual property rights to the Prison Architect series from developer Introversion Software , with plans to continue to expand more games in the same theme. Introversion had stated they had taken the series as far as they could and believed that Paradox's purchase would ultimately help the series in the future.
Paradox currently operates six internal studios: . Prior to , Paradox Interactive had invited members of the gaming industry press to Stockholm to preview upcoming titles at an annual press day. At the PDXCon, Paradox announced it was working with board game designs and publishers to produce a number of board games based on their video game properties, including Europa Universalis , Crusader Kings , Hearts of Iron , and Cities: Skylines. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Paradox Development Studio. This article's lead section does not adequately summarize key points of its contents.
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