Paradox Interactive has stopped development on multiple unannounced games in an effort to put more resources into safer bets for the company’s profits.
The publisher announced the cancellations in a press release on Thursday. Paradox says they are still working on 15 new games including Victoria 3, Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Crusader Kings 3 on consoles, and the Shadowrun Trilogy on consoles. Paradox is also working on many new DLCs.
Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester says the company is focusing more on the company’s reputation for strategy games and making games last long after launch.
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“Paradox Interactive was born and raised in strategy and management games,” Wester said in a press release. “It is where we have our heart and our mind and we are passionate about making games that our players can enjoy over a long period of time. Therefore we have sharpened our pipeline further to ensure that the projects with the highest potential have the resources necessary for the best possible development. We now have a promising game pipeline and I look forward to sharing these games with our players over the next few years.”
Paradox released two games in 2020: Empire of Sin and Crusader Kings III. Crusader Kings III received critical acclaim and is the 11th best-reviewed game of 2020 on Metacritic. Paradox specifically mentions in the press release that the Royal Court DLC is still in development for Crusader Kings III.
The publisher also released the strategy game Surviving the Aftermath in October 2020, but the game remains in early access at the time of writing.
This change in direction for Paradox may have been the creative differences that led to Ebba Ljungerud resigning as CEO of Paradox in September due to the company’s new direction.
IGN’s 10 out of 10 Crusader Kings III review said the game, “takes the throne as the new king of historical strategy.” Crusader Kings III has been announced for Xbox Series X/S and PS5 but does not have a release date at this time. Until then, read up on details of the upcoming Royal Court DLC.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.