Free to play MMO Salem is to part from publisher Paradox Interactive, with the sole responsibility transferring to developer Seatribe next month. The game, which has been in beta for the last year, casts players in a Colonial-era sandbox, and tasks them with surviving the wilderness, light magic and roving armies of naked players. Paradox will drop all support for the game on July 8th.
Shut it down, guys. It's over. I mean, it's not over - there's more than a day of E3 to go. But here, now, we've witnessed the peak. Not because of some loud and shouty on-stage exclusive, or a hotly anticipated sequel announcement, or even a childishly amusing video making fun of a competitor. From the comfort of their conference booth, Paradox have sunk the competition by deploying the latest in the Leviathan: Warships jazztrailer odyssey.
Victory or Valhall! With the release of Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, the time has come once again to weave a stirring saga of war, love, betrayal, and adventure. This is the Crusader Kings Chronicle: Lords of the North.
This introductory chapter will bring you up to speed on what you need to know about Crusader Kings II if you’re new to the game, as well as introducing the starting characters and briefly touching on some of the new expansion mechanics. Onward!
Paradox have revealed the date of their upcoming grand strategy sequel, Europa Universalis IV. You'll be able to trade, war, diplomatize and explorate your empire towards global dominance come August 13th. In celebration of the announcement, the studio has released a trailer showing 47 seconds of hot cartographic action.
Crusader Kings 2's The Old Gods expansion launches tomorrow. In preparation, Paradox have deployed a huge patch list of tweaks, balance changes, fixes and new additions. And that means more funny-out-of-context patch notes. Last time, we got such gems as "tweaked deathdate of Mubashir, Duke of Mallorca, and made him eunuch." This time? Missing children restored, marriages fixed and inbreeding increased.
Life for the pagan warriors of 867 AD was certainly eventful. You had to decide which of the many gods you'd offer a freshly chopped head, fight over the exact distribution of the spoils of a successful pillage, and endure continuous interruption from the members of Led Zeppelin, who were constantly looking for inspiration for 1970s rock songs.
Now Paradox are offering you the chance to add your own notable pagan conundrums to their upcoming Crusader Kings 2 expansion, The Old Gods.
The Showdown Effect is currently 50% off on Steam, and in a startling coincidence (well, probably not) the explosive sidescrolling action game has just been updated with a bunch of new, mostly free stuff. The two additional stages comprise the Tagliatelle Western-themed South Eastwood and Fort Fiesta, while the new characters are...considerably less Wild Westy. Thelma Vayne is a British superspy, while Dr. Johnny Bionic is, you guessed it, a
werewolf cyborg. There's also the matter of some "terrifying hats", but I'm too afraid to check if they live up to their reputation. Stick around for the DLC trailer.
It's less than a month until the longships land to bring us The Old Gods, the pagan-focused expansion for Crusader Kings II. We've been keeping close tabs on new details at our Viking Analysis Desk, and today, we've got some extra meaty details for you. Inside you'll find our massive Q&A with project lead Henrik Fåhraeus, covering everything from concubines to pagan sacred kings.
Later today, Rockstar will post a trio of GTA 5 trailers, almost certainly destroying the internet under a three-pronged attack of fevered streaming. In which case, this launch trailer for Leviathan: Warships - a video that likely cost .000000004% of Rockstar's budget - could well be the last promotional game footage you ever see.
Which is something I'd be okay with, because it's a return of the Smooth Jazz and Ship Pun combo that made their last trailer such a delight. Although this time, they're really plumbing the depths of acceptable punning.
Welcome back to our Viking Analysis Desk for a look at the third development diary for The Old Gods, the upcoming, pagan-focused expansion for Crusader Kings II. This entry focuses on prepared invasions, and clarifies some information about which types of pagans will be able to do what, and to whom. Let's dive in...
First Blood Dragon wows us with its hyperactive FX-laden CYBERWAR; now Paradox bring us back down to the other end of the silly-spectrum with their trailer for Leviathan: Warships. It's got smooth jazz, a low-budget voiceover and methodical tactics. Niiice. It also features a boatload of nautical puns. They've really gone overboard. It's unfathomable.
The second expansion for Paradox's Victorian Era grand strategy sandbox, Heart of Darkness, is now available. Our extensive Q&A covers the details, but if you're just looking for the Cliff's Notes (much as I once was for the novel from which the expansion takes its name), Heart of Darkness focuses on colonization, the scramble for Africa, and a lot of general improvements to just about every major system in play. Put on your favorite monocle and top hat, light a pipe, and check out the launch trailer inside.
Crusader Kings 2's Game of Thrones total conversion has received a huge update, adding in two new scenarios with which to experience the mod's blend of war, intrigue and special family cuddles. This time, players will get the chance to try The Blackfyre Rebellion and A Feast for Crows scenarios, along with improved Hedge Knights and building options. There's a video teasing the new additions, but it comes with a couple of dire warnings.
The second expansion for Paradox's 19th/20th Century global grand strategy sandbox, Victoria II, is set to release in just a couple weeks. It's bringing improvements to just about all of the game's rabbit-hole-deep systems, from naval combat to colonization to the complex, dynamic economy and politics. We had our secret police round up Game Designer Chris King to ask about all of these changes, which you can read more about in the official developer diaries.
The streets and rails of a city are its gravelly lifeblood. Its effects are a yin-yang of fates: an orderly transit network bolsters a city's legacy as a bastion of efficiency while a tangled mess of concrete and girders plunges a populace into chaos. Choose wisely, because you're given overlord powers of transportation authority in Cities in Motion 2, and as publisher Paradox's launch trailer warns, screw-ups sit squarely on your head.
It's not quite zombies, but Paradox are still set to unleash a horde on Crusader Kings 2. The Old Gods brings pagan pillaging and Norse nautical navigation to the game, and you can see some of this in action in this two-part highlights reel of Paradox's recent preview livestream. In just under nine minutes, jarring cuts of information will guide you through a campaign beginning at the expansion's new 867 AD start date.
In the European carrion crow community, 1803-1815 is still referred to as ‘The Happy Time’.
Could the Little Corporal have built his continent-spanning empire with goodwill and guile rather than lead and blood? Find out with the help of this Clausewitz-engined curio.
Or rather, don’t. MotE is Paradox’s most militaristic offering yet. From a distance it could be mistaken for a Europa Universalis 3 or Crusader Kings 2 spin-off. In fact it has little of the political or economic depth of the former, and none of the colourful soap-operatics of the latter. The Swedes – with help from French conflict craftsmen AGEOD – have replaced much of the slow slider-heavy social-engineering they’re famous for with the sort of stylish tactical shorthand that makes this old warhorse whinny contentedly.