The outgoing CEO of Paradox Interactive Fred Wester has said the publisher will "probably" make a sequel to sprawling grand strategy game Crusader Kings 2 (opens in new tab), which he feels is becoming too "crowded" for more expansions.
Paradox has released regular expansions for Crusader Kings 2 (opens in new tab) since it came out in 2012, and the next, Holy Fury (opens in new tab), is due later this year. Wester—who will move to a different role at the publisher next week and be replaced by Ebba Ljungerud (opens in new tab)—says that the game is beginning to feel "heavy", and can't be expanded much more. Therefore, a sequel is likely, he says—but it doesn't sound like it's being worked on just yet.
"We will probably do it at some point," he explained to gameindustry.biz (opens in new tab) in a interview in May, which was published yesterday. "The reason for that is the technical depth that we have in Crusader Kings 2. We can't add much more to the game as it is now. The map is really big, there's so much content in there. It wasn't really built for all of the expansions we made.
"It's getting heavy. We might need to take the etch-a-sketch, shake it a little bit, and start over."
He also hinted that Paradox may take "a bigger stab at RPGs" going forward, potentially with the White Wolf, World of Darkness, and Vampire: The Masquerade licences it bought in 2015 (opens in new tab). A Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop RPG came out this week (opens in new tab), and it sounds like we can expect more soon, with "a couple of projects that are at more than an experimental level right now".
"People ask us why it's taking such a long time to do anything with the White Wolf stuff. And, well, we want to do things the proper way this time," Wester said.
He added that the company will try to update its games more regularly with in-game events in future. "We need to be even better about working on a weekly basis—like, what's happening this week? Not necessarily something people pay for, but events within the week and things that have just happened in the game."