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Paradox Announces GDC Lineup

With GDC scheduled for later this month, publisher Paradox Interactive announced that they will be present at the San Francisco event, along with their lineup of development teams who will be on hand to showcase their titles.

These are the games will be open for demo opportunities during the show:

Hearts of Iron III
The eagerly anticipated third instalment in the critically acclaimed World War II strategy series, Hearts of Iron III will feature a plethora of brand new features to satisfy veteran and novice players alike, including a huge game map with more than 14,000 land and sea provinces. At GDC, Hearts of Iron III will be at the beta stage of development where all functionality of the game will be present. The development team will be on hand to demonstrate every aspect of the game. Hearts of Iron III is scheduled for release in Q3.

Majesty 2
The long overdue sequel for the beloved real-time strategy classic is finally approaching completion. With nothing else out there quite like it, the world of Majesty 2 is full of charm along with a unique sense of humour where the player only has indirect control of the characters and units. The independent thinking Heroes are just as likely to go shopping as they are to fight monsters and undertake heroic quests! Majesty 2 will make you think in totally new ways. Majesty 2 is scheduled for release in Q2.

Elven Legacy
Elven Legacy is a fantasy strategy game that sends players on an epic quest aimed to restore the former glory of the Elven race, and delivers a world filled with magic. The game has a thrilling non-linear storyline with multiple endings. Elven Legacy also offers tools that allow players to create their own missions and campaigns and share them in multiplayer mode. Elven Legacy is scheduled for an April release.

Mount & Blade Multiplayer Expansion

The first expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Mount & Blade introduces an array of brand new features, highlighted by a multiplayer capability that allows up to 32 players to battle it out in team death-match style combat on a single map. Additional features of the expansion include improved strategic AI, extended diplomatic options, and state-of-the-art rendering technologies. The Mount & Blade Expansion is scheduled for release in Q3.

Penumbra Collection Announced

Just in time for Halloween, Paradox Interactive has announced the Penumbra Collection, a compilation title that combines Penumbra: Overture and Penumbra: Black Plague together with the puzzle-oriented expansion pack Requiem. It is expected sometime during the first quarter of 2009.

Penumbra is a survival horror series that emphasizes problem solving and psychological thrills. It uses the first-person perspective and is powered by a custom-designed 3D engine developed by Frictional Games, its developer.

Penumbra: Black Plague Storyline Revealed

The official storyline of Penumbra: Black Plague was recently revealed by its publisher Paradox Interactive. Here’s the scoop:

Penumbra: Black Plague is a creepy and dark psychological horror experience featuring the adventures of Philip as he sets of in search of his dead father.

A letter from a dead man.

A secret buried beneath frozen wasteland.

A dark, sinister family mystery.

Philip’s life will never be the same again…

Trapped in a shadowy, underground complex, intrepid explorer Philip is determined to discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance.

Surrounded by enemies and assaulted by terror from all sides, Philip must collect clues and solve vexing puzzles while combating the gnawing psychological terrors that assail his mind and threaten to strip him of his sanity. Can Philip master his fear and finally uncover the truth behind a mystery that has haunted him for a lifetime? Only you can decide…

The second and final entry in the series is scheduled for release worldwide during Q1 2008.

Europa Universalis: Rome Announced

In strategy news, publisher Paradox Interactive announced that they are working on Europa Universalis: Rome, the next installment in the successful franchise.

Covering the time period from the first Punic War to the start of the true Empire, Rome will offer users thousands of gameplay choices ranging from country, culture, provincial and character options, just to name a few.

“A truly challenging strategy game portraying the Roman Era has yet to be released and we believe strategy gamers have been kept waiting for long enough, said Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President for Paradox Interactive.”Our successful development team has the knowledge, skills and genre expertise to create a strong strategy game to accurately represent the Roman Era and we are more than excited to introduce this game to the strategy gaming community. ”

The game is scheduled for worldwide release during Q2 2008. Further details can be found on the publisher’s website.

Penumbra Sequel Announced

Paradox Interactive announced Penumbra: Black Plague, a sequel to the horror adventure, which is being billed as the final chapter in the series. Set for release during Q1 2008, the game will further the story and will feature enhanced gameplay.

“Penumbra: Overture has been referred to as the scariest adventure game to appear in years, and with Penumbra: Black Plague, the developers have managed to push the boundaries of psychological horror even further, said Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President of Paradox Interactive. “Their unique and innovative approach to gaming adventures made Penumbra a fan and media favorite and we are convinced that Penumbra: Black Plague will have an even bigger impact on the gaming community”.

“Penumbra: Black Plague is horrific, life-like, interactive and unique and we are thrilled to be working with Paradox Interactive to introduce this game to a worldwide audience, said Jens Nilsson, Co-Founder Frictional Games”. “We’ve worked with Paradox in the past and their support for our vision and ideas has made it possible for us to keep on developing games that we believe in.”

Paradox Immortal

Another title to hit Q1 2008 is Lost Empire: Immortals, a new 4X strategy game signed by Paradox Interactive. In development at Pollux Gamelabs, the game tells the story of six playable races as they vie for domination of a vast empire. There will be various technologies that can be researched from a multilevel science tree as well as use the leaders of the empire as diplomats, space engineers, archaeologist and more.

“Pollux Gamelabs have impressed us immensely in the past, and we are confident that this title will be well received in the strategy gaming community worldwide”, said Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President.

“Paradox has vast experience in doing strategy games, as well as great knowledge of the strategy game market. Their track record as well as being trustworthy makes them ideal publishing partner for Pollux and our upcoming title Lost Empire: Immortals”, said Søren Bisgaard, CEO Pollux Gamelabs. “This will be our best work yet and we look forward to reaching a global market together with Paradox”.

Supreme Ruler 2020 Announced

supreme_ruler_2020_box.jpgParadox Interactive has revealed that it has signed Supreme Ruler 2020 for release next year. The game is in development at Battlegoat Studios and is set to build upon the success of its predecessor.

Some of the new features in the game include the use of 3D for map elements and military units, high resolution satellite imagery, new gameplay modes and more. It is set for release in May 2008 and will be shown off to the press at the Leipzig Games Convention.

Crusader Kings Expansion Announced

An expansion pack to Crusader Kings, the strategy game in which players try to create the most powerful dynasty of medieval Europe, has been announced. To be available in September for $15, Deus Vult adds various inter-character relations, new gameplay aspects and added options for diplomacy, revised interface for streamlined gameplay and a variety of new events and improvements made to the tools used by modders.

The expansion will be available only through digital download on GamersGate in September.

Kursk Becomes Fields of Thunder

Does Kursk mean anything to you? No? That’s what Paradox Interactive thought, too. They have announced that Frontline: Kursk, their upcoming RTS game, has been renamed to Frontline: Fields of Thunder to be more appealing and meaningful (?) to gamers.

Following on from the footsteps of Blitzkrieg, the game will have players experiencing the battles of World War II. Fields of Thunder is set for release in February 2007.

A detailed list of game features has been attached after the jump.
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