One month after former CEO Ebba Ljungerud unexpectedly left, Paradox Interactive announced Cancel work on several unannounced projectsParadox stated that it decided to stop the game so that it can focus on “proven game niches and projects that can better meet the company’s requirements for returns and risks.”
Of course, those “proven gaming niches” are strategy games. Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox, said: “This is where our hearts and thoughts lie. We are passionate about making games that our players can enjoy for a long time.” “Therefore, we have further strengthened our channels to ensure the most promising projects. Have the resources needed to achieve optimal development.”
The past year has not been friendly to Paradox or the people working there. The announcement of Victoria 3 in May was exciting, but the expected crime management simulation empire did not meet expectations, the wheels fell off Vampires: Masquerade-Lineage 2, and the reaction to Europa Universalis 4: Leviathan’s expansion is so Negative, so that the game director officially apologized for years of “low quality release”.
The internal situation is worse: shortly after Ljungerud resigned, most of the women under internal investigation revealed that they had been abused or abused in the workplace; a week later, West (Ljungerud replaced him in 2018) at the company meeting that year Shang and another Paradox employee apologized for “improper behavior.”
West said in the statement that Paradox currently has 15 games in development, some new games and some sequels, 4 of which have been officially announced: Victoria 3, Crusader King 3 and Shadowrun trilogy for consoles. And—despite the problem—bloodline 2.