Paradox Interactive

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Stellaris 3.1 is out and adds new content to old DLC

Scifi grand strategy Stellaris‘s free 3.1 update, titled “Lem”, is out now. This is the first update created by “The Custodians”, a new team formed within developers PDS Green focused on free, quarterly updates which tweak game balance, add new content to old DLC and fix bugs. The “Lem” update does all three, changing how tradition trees work, adding new features to old species packs such as 2016’s Planetoids, and rebalancing some Civics and Origins. Read more

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Paradox CEO quits over “differing views on the company’s strategy”

Former Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester has returned to the throne of the company behind games including Crusader Kings 3 and Stellaris. He stepped down in 2018, replaced as CEO by then-board member Ebba Ljungerud, but now he’s back. Paradox say that Ljungerud has quit “due to differing views on the company’s strategy going forward”, which certainly is mysterious. Read more

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Crusader Kings 3 has been rated for PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

Paradox Interactive’s hit strategy game Crusader Kings 3 may be coming to consoles soon, according to a new rating from the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee. Paradox Interactive’s Crusader Kings 3 appears to be heading to consoles, at least if a new listing from the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee is to be believed. It looks like the game could be landing on PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, per the listing, approximately one year after the game launched on PC. Crusader Kings 3 was released last September on PC (playable via Steam, Paradox, Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game…

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Victoria 3 won’t sugar-coat colonialism, but it’ll give you the chance to resist it

There’s an inherent awkwardness in historical strategy games as entertainment, which is just how much of history is made up of stacked atrocities. Abstraction can do a lot to sidestep this, of course: many games feature real historical cultures, but pit them against each other in virtual petri dishes which might as well be fantasy worlds. Time, also, has a strange capacity to dilute grimness – whether rightly or wrongly, the more ancient a game’s setting, the more carefree we tend to be about burning farming settlements to the ground for the sake of expansion. But if developers want to…

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Prison Architect’s Second Chances DLC adds new routes to rehabilitation

I thought the original Prison Architect did a pretty job of letting you build different kinds of prisons, and letting you try to effect the rates of recidivism among your population. It seems the next expansion is going further down the rebah route, though. Prison Architect: Second Chances will introduce new ways to prepare your population for life after prison, from animal therapy to conflict resolution classes. There’s a trailer below. Read more

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Victoria 3 will be Paradox’s next strategy game, and it’s not mucking about

There is a running joke, every time Paradox Development Studio says it will announce a new game, and it goes like this: “Vicky 3!” That’s the joke. You see, Paradox maintains a quartet of big, complex historical strategy series – Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Victoria, and Hearts Of Iron – which each abut each others’ time periods in an extremely satisfying fashion, so that players can experience a full millenium of human history in excruciating, day-by-day detail. But while Crusader, Europa and Hearts have all had new versions in the last few years, their poor idustrial age cousin has been…

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Netflix Witcher and Shadow & Bone veterans plotting World Of Darkness shows and movies

Various folks behind Netflix series including The Witcher and Shadow And Bone have plans to develop films or shows set in the World Of Darkness. That’s the goth fantasy universe which houses tabletop RPGs like Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse, as well as video games including the venerated Bloodlines. They haven’t yet announced any specific project yet (nor indicated where they might find homes), but here’s my pitch: a mystery show starring a Malkavian private eye. Read more

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Crusader Kings 3 should fix same-sex relationship mods by next patch

Last month, Crusader Kings 3‘s 1.3 patch broke mods that allowed players to have same-sex concubine relationships in the medieval strategy game. Paradox Interactive told us they didn’t intend to break mod functionality, however, and now they say there’s a new patch in the works that should fix them. They plan on making same-sex marriages moddable for the first time in CK3 as well. Read more

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Stellaris optimizations arrive for new-gen consoles alongside Lithoids Species Pack

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 25 March 2021 19:51 GMT Paradox Interactive has released a new species pack for Stellaris: Console Edition alongside the 2.6 Verne update for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S users.Today’s update specifically optimizes Stellaris: Console Edition for Xbox Series X/S hardware. You can expect higher frame rates, faster simulation speed, and lower load times along with supporting the Smart Delivery feature.View a side-by-side breakdown of current and new-generation Xbox consoles below. Also avaiable today is the Lithoids Species Pack for console, which introduces new empire mechanics as well as rock-based species portraits and ship models and a…

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So, It’s Been A Year, Huh

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the growing outbreak of covid-19 a pandemic. In the year since, over 120 million people have been infected by the virus worldwide, and 2.5 million people have died because of covid-19. Life has forever been changed. We wear masks. Avoid crowds. Businesses have shut down, and many won’t reopen. And while the vaccine has brought hope to a planet drowning in fear and anxiety, it can’t fix what’s already happened. Through all of this, video games still came out, and we still played them. At times, working for a website dedicated…