Posts Tagged ‘Paradox Interactive’

Cities: Skylines Adding World-Changing ‘Theme Editor’

Ah that's pleasant!

I do like ‘the Paradox approach’ to expansions, where the paid additions are accompanied by big free updates with new things for all players. So sure, city-building sim Cities: Skylines [official site] will be playing with snow and trams in the Snowfall expansion next Thursday, but developers Colossal Order are also working on new things for everyone. I do like the look of the ‘Theme Editor’ letting folks retheme the world to look like, say, another planet. Or covering it in Dolph Lundgren. Have a look:

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Cities: Skylines Snowfall Sweeping In On February 18th

I haven’t played it in a few months, but I think about Cities: Skylines [official site] every other day. I’m full of unresolved intent: to build new kinds of cities, dig further into the last expansion, to go hunting for new mods on the Steam Workshop. Perhaps the next expansion, Snowfall, will be when I make these goals a reality. We now know it’s due for release on February 18th.

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Crusader Kings II: Conclave Arrives, Toting Update

The launch of a new expansion for Crusader Kings II [official site] is a happy time. Folks with spare cash can add an interesting new system to the dynasty-building strategy game, all players benefit from a big free update launching alongside it, and non-players like me get to enjoy the silliness that comes in that update’s changelog.

So, the Conclave expansion has arrived today to add a council who can work with or against rulers, the update has added an infamy system, and I’m giggling at patch notes explaining that humans should no longer give birth to horses and wondering whether “History is no longer executed if the player loads a savegame” refers to somehow sticking the head of history itself on a pike above the gates.

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Brrrrr! Watch Cities: Skylines Expansion Snowfall Trailer

SNOW! SNOW! Come to the window! Sno… Wait, that’s not real. That’s a YouTube trailer for the second Cities: Skylines expansion, Snowfall [official site].

What this one does is add SNOW! and associated cold weather issues as challenge conditions for players to deal with. That’ll be things like ensuring adequate heating so keeping up with increased electricity demand or adding water-based heat systems and keeping the roads open.

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Crusader Kings II: Conclave Expansion Announced

I like to think of Crusader Kings II [official site] players as those shopfolk in comedies who painstakingly stack vast pyramids of cans, only for our hero to breeze through and trash it. So they start over. Then our hero returns. Restart, return. And again. That’s you, CK2 players. That’s you and new expansions coming along just as you’ve managed to get your kingdom running smoothly. Hey look, here comes the Conclave expansion, ready to make councils interfere with your rule. Pick up your cans, Canno.

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Pillar Of Eternity: White March Part 2 Coming In Feb

If your January is shaping up anything like mine – and I assume everyone is a less-good version of me, so you certainly aspire to follow my life – you’ll be spending a large part of it wavering between despair and bloody fury. So hey, good news: this mood needn’t sour your first taste of The White March Part 2, the second half of the Pillars of Eternity [official site] expansion. It had been slated to arrive in the period of “late January”, but a new trailer pegs it to a firm date: February 16th. Come watch!

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The RPS Advent Calendar, Dec 9th – Cities: Skylines

What is the best simulation game of 2015? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games from throughout the year, and behind today’s door is…

Cities: Skylines!

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What To Expect In Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks

Ahead of its The Cossacks expansion release on Tuesday, Europa Universalis IV [official site] developers Paradox have pulled together all of the features the sixth major update has to offer in one handy developer diary. Expect improvements and more in-depth explorations of domestic politics, culture, diplomacy, and maintaining peaceful inter-territorial relations in exchange for a little coin. Running countries, eh? Easy when you know how.

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Stellaris Dev Diary Explains Galaxy Making And Modding

I said when it started that the Stellaris [official site] developer diary would be interesting, and here we go. The latest update – the third overall – is about galaxy generation, what options it presents to players, and what they expect modders will do with the system post-release.

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