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Posts tagged “Fred Wester”

Paradox “can’t add much more” to Crusader Kings II before going for a sequel

To restate the blimming obvious: yes, Paradox will one day turn away from Crusader Kings II expansions and make a full sequel to their historical lord management simulator. The company's current approach to making strategy games is to expand, rework, and patch 'em for yonks before eventually jumping to a sequel when they want to make changes that would involve fiddling with the foundations. CK2…

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Feature: "The next Crusader Kings could be an RPG"

Paradox on the future of historical strategy, RPGs and their internal development studio

At the Paradox Convention last month, I was hoping to see something new from Paradox Development Studio, the internal team responsible for the company's core strategy titles. There were new expansions for Europa Universalis IV [official site] and Hearts of Iron IV [official site], and the hiring of Jon Shafer is an interesting move, but no actual games were announced. I sat down with creative…

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Feature: "We’re going to have a good amount of time to play and play and polish and polish"

Obsidian & Paradox On Eternity Team-Up, South Park Bugs

Sound the unexpected announcement alarms and check to make sure over-jerked knees are covered by your insurance plan. Paradox has announced that it's publishing Obsidian's notoriously independent old-school RPG Pillars of Eternity, a big, (not, by most definitions) bad publishing type dipping its pinky toe into the brave new world of Kickstarter. "...Er, why?" You might ask. "Also didn't Obsidian get oodles of cash from…

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95% Of Paradox’s Revenue Is From Digital Distribution

Paradox's CEO Fred Wester has revealed the startling growth of Paradox's digital distribution revenue. I'll put it in the man's own words, because not long afterward he himself grew in relation to the number. He's a giant now, and incapable of understanding numbers. He said. My own experience of digital distribution is that we made 1.5 percent of our revenue from digital distribution in 2006,…

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Wester Wants Paradox “Riff On Syndicate”

RPS chum Stephen Totilo met up with Fred Wester from Paradox recently, and they had a little chat. Reader B points out that this little chat contained a brief mention of Syndicate, which is currently being remade by Starbreeze. Here it is: And down the line? Well, this is how Wester's mind works: He loved the ruthless isometric tactical classic Syndicate back in the day.…

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Right: A Chat With Paradox’s Fred Wester

If there was one thing I took away from GDC this year, it was that the "mid-level" publishers are having a good time. Digital distribution seems to be favouring them, and companies such as Paradox are working hard to diversify and deliver unusual games. Paradox's line up for this year includes a bunch of interesting titles, such as Crusader Kings II, Sword Of The Stars…

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“Right,” Said Fred: Fredrik Wester Interview

As one of the nerdiest PC game publishers out there, it's only right that Paradox Interactive and RPS should be well acquainted. Look! Here's Paradox CEO Fred Wester talking on his new blog, The Wester Front, about why he loves the PC as a platform, with some hard stats as to why it's growing, not dying. That's interesting. Anyway, I caught up with Fred at…

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