Saturday, September 23, 2006

Europa 3 - what people are saying

Every time you ask a game developer how they are doing the reponse will be "great" or "fantastic". Paradox is no exception from this rule and therefore I spend a lot of time reading previews of Europa Universalis 3 in order to get the views from other people. Some interesting quotes can be found here:

The Gamespot preview says:
"Europa Universalis III seems to be making some bold changes to the series' deep strategic formula. Assuming everything falls into place, the game's streamlined interface and in-game help options should be more accessible to new players, while the highly open-ended, historical campaign structure may just swallow expert players whole for countless hours"

The recent IGN preview says:
"As always with these games, we could go on for hours and hours explaining the intricacies of other systems. Let's just say that the game has about a hundred other cool systems in it that you can employ to gain an advantage over your enemies."

Firing Squad adds:
"Europa Universalis III looks to be shaping up as a really solid sequel that retains the heart and charm of its predecessors, and builds on this quality foundation with a variety of new features. Easily one of the most anticipated strategy games of the coming year"

What I like the most is that most people think we have kept the original deep gameplay, while still making it more accessible. This was one of the outspoken goals of the game, making it easier to learn yet harder to master than its predecessors.

Can we live up to the hype? I sure think so.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tanked in Kursk!

We have decided to team up with Nival to publish a new game from the creators of the Blitzkrieg series. Read the news on Gamespot

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Scandinavian distribution

Finally we started our own distribution channel in Scandinavia. From a strategic perspective this is important, since we need to find a way to get our games into stores. We are also happy to present a really strong line-up from Deep Silver; this fall we will represent and distribute their titles in Scandinavia. The portfolio includes:

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos
Anno 1701
Mage Knight: Apocalypse
Wildlife Park 2
Secret Files of Tunguska
Birth of America

We will provide you more information on these titles within soon...


Monday, September 11, 2006

PC Gaming Strikes Back - Part V

Tired of reading how fanatastically well PC gaming is doing this year? The numbers are not THAT great, but the death of PC gaming is not as imminent as some people seem to think.

When reading the NPD report with the sales figures for August in the US, PC sales has reportedly gone up 3.3% compared to August last year. Year-to-date the increase is 9.6%.

Taking into accout that there are more alternative channels, including Gamer's Gate where we release Silent Heroes this week.


Thursday, September 07, 2006

First MMO...

At last we are involved in an MMORTS game. Infinity Empire is the sequel to Time of Defiance from 2004. Read the full review on Gamespot.

Infinity Empire has elements of both grand strategic warfare and RTS. Gigantic maps, huge robot armies and a universe full of potential enemies. Anyone else who is signing up? :)

7 days free trial on the Infinity Empire home page