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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: Cult adjective rather than cult noun

Cult Development: A Paradox Profile

“We don't want to be a cult.” Shams Jorjani is VP of Acquisition and Portfolio Strategy at Paradox Interactive. He's the guy who reads through and listens to a thousand MOBA pitches and occasionally finds a Teleglitch hidden behind them. He laughs at the cult line as soon as its out there. This, after all, is a company that frequently dresses its employees in coloured…

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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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Commercial Strategies: Paradox Open New Web Store

A double-blast sounded from the Paradox news-horn this afternoon. The first tone was very much the sound of the company blowing its own trumpet and with good reason, as there are now over half a million subscribers to the Paradox forums. The second trembling note heralded the arrival of a new Paradox webstore, with discounts of 55% on several titles to celebrate the launch. It's…

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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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Fred Wester: “DRM Is A Waste Of Money”

The ever quotable Fred Wester CEO Of Paradox Interactive (as his mother calls him) has laid down some views on DRM, and extolled the virtues of PC, at Gamespy at the end of last week. And wouldn't you know it, the man's speaking some sense."It’s so much simpler to develop for the PC -- you can decide everything for yourself... The PC is very rewarding…

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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 GamesCom…

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Paradox CEO Rocks: Lionheart Soundtrack

As you may know, Paradox are publishing the new game by King Arthur developers Neocore. This is a normal event in games development. However Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester has put his musical skills into play by co-producing a series of femme-vocal pop-metal metal for the soundtrack. This is less normal. We had to talk to him and reveal the tracks, all of which will be…

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Paradox’s New Indie Label: Mezmer Games Interview

News broke yesterday that Paradox, no strangers to the world of Digital Downloads, were launching a new label specifically for indie games. Mezmer Games aims to create a forum for indie games, merging the retail and community ends and... oh, one of their first two games is cheery RPS-hype Stalin Versus Martians. Hell, yeah! We grasped the opportunity to be the first to talk to…

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