You won’t find any paradox at foot when you examine why Sweden’s top game publisher is becoming the leader in the strategy game market.
Last week, Paradox Interactive acquired Triumph Studios, the designers of the Age of Wonders series. Already a top-tier maker of strategy games, Paradox now has a fourth studio to join an impressive lineup that includes games like Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and Hearts of Iron. And while I enjoy the Warlock series, it’s an average fantasy-strategy series at best. Adding the folks behind Age of Wonders makes for an intriguing future here for Warlock and fantasy at Paradox.
The strategy market is getting stronger as more publishers add to their stables. Last year, Sega acquired Amplitude Studios, the makers of the well-regarded Endless strategy series. Sega also has Total War designer The Creative Assembly, making it a formidable publisher on PC. You’ve also got Stardock, and its small fleet of studios, making some great strategy games such as Ashes of the Singularity, Galactic Civilizations III, and Offworld Trading Company.
It’s a bright time in PC gaming. We might be on the cusp of a radical shift in shooters thanks to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, one we haven’t seen since 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Indie designers continue to push the boundaries of what games are and what they do. And continued rise of the esports industry keeps games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, and Hearthsone in the spotlight.
Just as we’ll keep spotlighting the PC here, too, at GamesBeat.
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