Paradox Interactive has several announcements today from their PDXCON. We'll start with the reveal
for Imperator: Rome
, a grand strategy game set
during the heyday of Rome that allows the player to chart his or her own history. The
is a nothingburger (unless you really dig statues), but they promise "glory and rewards" if you sign up to keep tabs on the game through the
. Meanwhile, they
do offer some details in the announcement:
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What we think of as “western
civilization” was not guaranteed. Imagine Alexander’s empire centralized under
one successor. Italy might never have been unified under Roman rule, strangling
a juggernaut in its cradle. A world without Caesar. Now you can explore these
alternate histories in Imperator: Rome.
The masters of historical strategy have returned to the days of legions and
legends. Paradox Development Studio is happy to announce Imperator: Rome, an
upcoming grand strategy game set in the classical world from the glory days of
Athens to the establishment of the Roman Empire four centuries later. Rule any
nation on the most detailed Paradox map ever stretching from the Pillars of
Hercules to the far reaches of of India, allowing you to build an empire to
dwarf that of Alexander. Govern republics or monarchies, balancing the factions,
and keeping the loyalty of your most capable generals.
Imperator: Rome’s features include:
- Character Management: A living world of
characters with varying skills and traits that will change over time. They
will lead your nation, govern your provinces and command your armies and
fleets. We also introduce our new, more human-like character art.
- Diverse Populations: Citizens, freemen,
tribesmen and slaves - each population with its own culture and religion.
Whether they fill your armies, fill your coffers or fill your colonies, keep
an eye on their happiness - your success depends on their satisfaction.
- Battle Tactics: Choose your approach before
battle to counter the stratagems of your foes.
- Military Traditions: Each culture has a
unique way of waging war. Romans and Celts have different options available
to them. Unlock unique bonuses, abilities and units.
- Different Government Types: Manage the
senate in a Republic, hold your court together in a monarchy, answer to the
clans in a tribal system.
- Barbarians and Rebellions: Migrating
barbarians may sack or settle your best land, while disloyal governors or
generals can turn against you - taking their armies with them!
- Trade: Goods provide bonuses to their home
province. Will you take advantage of stockpiles for local strength or trade
excess goods to spread the wealth around?
- Provincial Improvement: Invest in
buildings, roads and defences to make your kingdom stronger and richer.
Imperator: Rome is scheduled for a 2019 release.
Paradox Interactive announces Age of Wonders: Planetfall
, an upcoming strategy
game from Triumph Studios, who are taking the turn-based strategy of their Age
of Wonders into a science fiction setting. The
is probably the most satisfying of today's videos from Paradox announcements,
but that's not saying much. The Age of
Wonders: Planetfall Website
is recruiting a community, promising special
unlocks as more join in. Here's the announcement:
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today announced Age of Wonders: Planetfall, a new upcoming strategy game from
Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders and
Overlord series. Slated for release for PC and console in 2019, Planetfall will
bring all the exciting turn-based empire building and immersive tactical combat
of its predecessors to an all-new sci-fi setting.
In Age of Wonders: Planetfall, players will emerge from the dark age of a fallen
galactic empire to craft a new future for their people. Exploring the planetary
ruins and encountering other surviving factions that have each evolved in their
own way, players will unravel the history of a shattered civilization. Fight,
build, negotiate and technologically advance the way to utopia, in a deep single
player campaign, on random maps and against friends in multiplayer.
“We’re thrilled to finally announce our latest endeavor alongside Paradox,” said
Lennart Sas, Triumph Studios CEO. “Age of Wonders: Planetfall is roughly three
years into development, running on a new generation of our multi-platform
Creator Engine. While the setting is new, we’re confident that Age of Wonders
fans will feel right at home exploring the remnants of the Star Union. Our aim
is to make a game that greatly expands upon its predecessors, and still employs
the core principles that made Age of Wonders such a success.”
- Strategic Turn-Based Sci-Fi Combat -
Perfect your combat strategy in intense turn-based battles that offer
tactical challenges, a large cast of races, units with customizable weapons,
and destructible environments.
- Discover a Rich Science Fiction World -
Uncover the history of the fallen galactic empire as you explore lush
landscapes, and experience the emergent story. Encounter NPC factions and
rival houses, and discover hidden technologies that can strengthen your
society and give you advantage over enemies.
- Planetary Empire Building - Create your own
unique House, and build prosperous colonies through economic specializations
of planetary sectors and governing doctrines.
- Multiple Paths to Victory - Achieve your
end goals through conquest, diplomacy or doomsday technologies. Engrossing
options with NPC factions and rival Houses won’t make the decisions easy!
Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
is the title of a new add-on coming later
this year, bringing what Paradox calls "one of the most wide-ranging expansions"
to their strategic medieval RPG. The gameplay-free
sets the stage for the religious battles this take on the Crusades will bring,
and there's more on
this product page
. Here's word:
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“One heart and one soul against the
Christian name.” So went the message from Estonia after the routing of the
Teuton invaders at Umera. The fires of faith burn hot, as local gods come under
attack from a universal church that offers a stark choice - God or the Sword?
Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury is the newest and one of the most wide-ranging
expansions to Paradox Development Studio’s beloved medieval grand strategy
role-playing game. Take charge of a body of righteous warriors in Holy Fury,
leading your army on a Crusade for the faith, or defending against attackers.
Holy Fury takes its inspiration from the Northern Crusaders of Catholic Europe
against its Pagan neighbors. Play either side in a new holy war.
In Holy Fury, Pagan rulers who reform their religion instead of converting will
have a chance to design that new Reformed Paganism. A religion of peace or one
of war? Will you be guided by the stars or bow to the whims of bloodthirsty
gods? Who will lead this new church? Build a new creed on the ashes of the old
Other features in Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury include:
- Shattered and Random Worlds: Start your
game on a fictional map of Europe as a small realm fighting for space, or on
a random map with historical analogues for the great kingdoms of yore.
- Warrior Lodges: Join a Pagan warrior lodge
and raid your way up the ranks, unlocking access to powerful allies and
greater military skill.
- Legendary Bloodlines: Descendants of great
warrior heroes will have bonuses that match the accomplishments of their
forefathers, including historical bloodlines of Charlemagne, Genghis Khan
- Sway or Antagonize Your Neighbors: Try to
win a reluctant vassal through charm and persuasion, or provoke someone you
want to push into conflict.
- Sainthood: Pious Catholics can become
canonized, passing on their glory to their descendants and making their
resting place a site of great value.
- Coronations: Feudal kings and emperors must
find clergy to crown them, since all power descends from the heavens.
- New Crusade Events: Deeper gameplay for the
religious wars of the era.
- New Succession Laws: A Pagan Elder Council
may have the final word in how a realm is divided among heirs, or a ruler
may challenge his brother to combat to unify a realm.
- And much more: Changes to religion, custom
names for people or objects, deeper baptismal mechanics, lists of people
you’ve killed, and other small changes for flavor and variety.
Like all Crusader Kings II expansions, Holy Fury will be accompanied by a
major free update for all Crusader Kings players, including changes to how
Holy Fury is coming in 2018 for the suggested retail price of
Paradox Development Studio announces that Hearts of Iron IV
has sold more than
one million copies since they launched the World War II strategy sequel. They
celebrate the milestone by revealing plans for a new expansion and a new
anniversary edition which will include the expansion as well as a "special
historical diorama." You can find more details
on this page
, where they show off
the $169.99 edition that paradoxically would most appeal to those one million
players who already own the game. As for the new expansion, it is called Man the
Guns, it focuses on naval action, and they say it will be "available soon." They
accompany the news with
which tells the stirring tale to the lead up to "The Battle for
the Mexican Gulf," a naval engagement which, as far a we know, never occurred.
, and here's the announcement:
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Two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water, and free access to the
nautical highways is essential to empire. In wartime, these highways are
contested waters and you, or an ally, must be able to regulate that traffic.
Carriers, convoys and battle cruisers -- these are the weapons of the sea. Your
enemy is over the horizon. It is time to Man the Guns!
Man the Guns is the newest expansion to the best-selling grand strategy
wargame, Hearts of Iron IV. Paradox Development Studio will have more to say in
coming weeks, but, for now, our intelligence agents have been cleared to forward
the following information:
Man the Guns adds greater depth to the naval side of the war, including the
ability to design your warships in more detail. Add armor or heavier guns
through a modular design. You can also refit older ships so that they are more
in line with the latest technology..
Man the Guns also introduces new options for the democratic nations, including
new paths for the United States and other great free nations. Explore alternate
histories or fully mobilize the arsenal of democracy.
There are many more details to reveal, but, at the moment, these are state
And, as usual, Man the Guns will accompanied by a large, free update
available to everyone who owns Hearts of Iron IV.
Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns will be available soon for a suggested retail
price of $19.99.
is the name of a new expansion that Paradox is announcing today for
Europa Universalis IV
, their historical grand strategy sequel. This will add a new focus on the Indian subcontinent, but do not expect
instant Dharma, as this won't be released until later this year. Here is
for the add-on, here is
which does not caste any light on the game, but does make someone's
fancy chess set tax deductible. Here's the announcement:
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A hundred and fifty million souls speaking dozens of languages stand between
European traders and unimaginable wealth. Diplomacy, war and subterfuge will be
used on both sides to either preserve the power of the Mughal emperor and his
dependents or to undermine that throne. Unite the Indian people, or divide and
conquer. You write the history in Europa Universalis IV: Dharma.
Dharma is the newest expansion for Europa Universalis IV, Paradox Development
Studio’s best selling history strategy game about the early modern era. Dharma
puts greater emphasis on peacetime interactions, especially for the varied
nations of India and those colonial powers who want to make their fortune in
Asia. This government design feature is the most significant change in Dharma,
with some exclusive reforms for many nations.
In Dharma, players will find a new level of customization for their
governments, since not every monarchy should be the same! Design a kingdom or
republic with new reforms and upgrades as the balance of priorities shifts
Features in Europa Universalis IV: Dharma include:
- Design Your Government: Unlock reforms that will define how you
govern your kingdom or republic, earning free policies and boosting the
power of some estates.
- Reworked Policy System: Policies get a new look in the free
update, but Dharma will include special bonuses that make this system even
- Trade Company Investments: Upgrade and improve the provinces tied
to your trade companies, conferring bonuses both to the European master and
neighboring Indian nations.
- New Cossack Government: Exclusive for owners of The Cossacks expansion.
- New Indian Mission Trees: Unique mission paths for the most important Indian
sultanates and kingdoms.
- New Indian Estates: Alongside a free update to the estate system, India gets
five new castes. Raise the brahmins to reduce unrest in a province or
install Jain governors for a boost to income while reducing manpower..
- New Mughal Culture Bonus: The Mughal Empire can assimilate and accommodate
newly conquered cultures with ease.
- Charter Companies: Europeans can buy a foothold into trade charter zones in
Africa and Asia, if they can find a prince that trusts them.
- Upgraded Trade Centers: Invest in the development of your Centers of Trade
- And more, including: new ways to suppress rebellion, the monsoon season, new
uses for colonists in non-colonial development, scornful insults,
multiplayer teams, new art, and a host of new achievements.
As usual, Europa Universalis IV: Dharma will be accompanied by a free update
for all Europa Universalis IV players, including a major reworking of the game’s
map of India, Tibet and Burma.
Europa Universalis IV: Dharma will be available later this year for a
suggested retail price of $19,99..
Rockstar Games announces
a Trap Door update is live in GTA Online
players a crack at a new game mode plus bonuses and discounts all weekend in the
multiplayer side of Grand Theft Auto V
. Here's a bit:
The brand new Trap
Door mode is the latest blood sport to sweep Los Santos, where teams strapped
with an arsenal of weaponry compete on a rapidly shrinking floating platform
high above the Pacific. Every kill banishes your enemies to respawn in the
dreaded red zone – a purgatory area that only gives you scant seconds to escape
back to the mainland before the rug is pulled out from under you and your fatal
Pride always comes before a fall, but in this deadly new Adversary Mode that
fall is a few hundred feet into the ocean – and you’re probably dead before you
hit the water. Get on top, stay on top and be the last squad to avoid being a
drop in the bucket.
I just heard there are plans for a royal wedding! I wonder why this kind of news
gets buried? Now I need to look up when this is... I sure wouldn't want to miss
a second of it.