P’dox Confirm Warlock: Master of the Arcane*

Paradox are totally making a new game! There’s no stopping those crazy Swedes as they announce that Warlock will be a “turn-based strategy game set in the fantastical land of Ardania, popularized in Majesty franchise.” It seems like it’s going to be a game of empire-building and army-gathering, with players battling against rival wizards for (turn-based) control of the land.

The game is scheduled for “Q2 2012”, but there are no real images or details other than the fact that it will contain units, races, and spells. Vague teaser-type trailer below!

*RPS confirms it’s really going to have to change the headlines so we can get these ridiculous long names in without losing our precious puns.


  1. TillEulenspiegel says:

    It sounds enticingly like Master of Magic.

    Then again, so did Elemental.

    • Gnoupi says:

      Elemental done right, maybe?

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      There’s really nothing about Elemental that’s worth doing right or taking inspiration from or even acknowledging the existence of.

      MoM is up there with X-COM in terms of games that need a proper modern sequel.

    • BurningPet says:

      Heres hoping paradox will do justice to this wonderfull genre.

    • bluebomberman says:

      Yeah, between Elemental, HOMM V, HOMM VI (the demo was bland and buggy as hell), Elven Legacy, Disciples III… the genre’s really been suffering from unpolished and uninspired releases for the past few years. I’m wondering if I should try to sift through GOG’s offerings for something playable.

      My personal failing is that I’ve become addicted to Civ 5’s 1080p UI. It’s hard for me to look forward to spending hours staring at highly pixelated graphics with fuzzy text and cluttered UI.

    • Vexing Vision says:

      It’s exactly my thought. I’m still badly burned by Elemental.

      Then again, Paradox has yet to disappoint me. Don’t start now, Fred Wester. Don’t start now.

      /Edit: Disappointment would start by not featuring Julian Sands. Just saying.

    • pakoito says:

      Not the same but Fall From Heaven for Civ IV is a good mod.

    • Nick says:

      The Elven legacy series was actually pretty good, purely combat focused though. I much prefered them to the Ubisoft HoMM raping.

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      MoM is up there with X-COM in terms of games that don’t need a proper modern sequel because they’re good enough already.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      That’s crazy talk. You can always do better. Not by mimicking, but by understanding what made the classics great.

      Oh, and the old UIs are crap as well. Early mouse-driven stuff on low-res screens…yeah.

    • Towercap says:

      Here to second Nick.

      As far as comparing to classics, you should put Elven Legacy next to Fantasy General, not Master of Magic. It’s a great game too, though like FG, purely tactical, without the strategic layer of MoM.

  2. nootron says:

    Is there an unusually large % of fantasy worlds that begin with the letter A? Or am I just confused.


    Um, ok drawing blanks here. There’s dozens im sure

  3. DiamondDog says:

    So Paradox just make all the games now?

  4. Antsy says:

    Hmmm. Not sure what was happening there, I was too distracted by the terrible Sean Connery impression.

  5. Jajusha says:

    I do love Paradox games and…

    Wait, so…the crusader kings in japan game… crusader kings II, europa universalis IV, defenders of ardania, next expansion for europa unversalis III, next expansion for iron hearths,next expansion for…oh dear, might have to get a second job to get them all!

    But then again, i do trully love Paradox games!

  6. Jams O'Donnell says:

    It is possible for headlines to be longer than a single line of text, you know. I’ve seen it!

  7. imirk says:


  8. Atic Atac says:

    Who are Peedocks? They sound like an interesting bunch.

  9. sendmark says:

    I’d say at least 90% of my most anticipated games are from Paradox. They’re producing so much good stuff.

  10. enobayram says:

    Oh my god! Oh my god! Is this my next bestest game since master of magic coming?

  11. kalidanthepalidan says:

    At 24 seconds….

    Cute puppies confirmed as combat unit.

  12. Nick says:

    Thank you, Fred Wester.



  13. Vinraith says:

    This is certainly the kind of thing that Paradox could get very, very right. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with it, fingers crossed.

    • Megadyptes says:

      P’dox are publishing it, not making it. Like with 90% of all games announced as being ‘Paradox games’ these days.

  14. Chris says:

    I think it’s pretty cool that they got Sean Connery to do the voice over.

  15. karry says:

    It’s InoCo. Not that they make BAD games, but i just cant get excited over these guys.

  16. CalleX says:

    Dominions 3 is a game in this genre worth checking out. The amount of strategic options in that game is mondblowing.

    • karry says:

      Except its nearly worthless in singleplayer, and who wants that.