At the Paradox Interactive Convention 2012 held in Sweden,
the independent publisher/developer announced a handful of new games, including a new expansion for Magicka
called "The Other Side of the Coin." Magicka is the publisher’s most successful
franchise to date, having sold more than 1.3 million units and more than 4
million in DLC content. Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, Magicka is a PC action
RPG and the latest expansion will put you in the shoes of Alucard the vampire
and his necromancer henchmen.
Next up for Paradox is A Game of Dwarves, a quirky,
isometric strategy management game where you control an entire team of dwarves
as they explore, dig, eat, sleep, drink across randomly generated maps. It’s
being developed for the PC, Mac and PlayStation Network and is going to be
available later this year.
To wrap things up with something a little more serious, the final game announcement was Napoleon’s Campaigns II for
the PC and Mac later this year. Developed by Paradox’s studio in France, it’s a
strategy game focused on the Napoleonic era.
During Paradox Interactive’s press conference, CEO Fred
Wester admitted to bumpy releases and broken promises from last year’s
convention, but he promised (again) that one of Paradox’s priorities is to
support post-release content.
He also announced a re-branding of their internal studio,
now called Paradox Development Studios and that they opened another studio
called Paradox North that will focus on online games. The publisher is also
helping local talent create games by giving young game designers office space
and the tools needed to get their game off the ground. The incubator program is
to encourage independent developers and get them on their feet.
Wester also went over the recent trends such as the growing
number of tablets, and believes that the next generation of consoles may be the
last. With Smart TVs and the ability to stream content off the internet, there
may not be a need for consoles in the future.
“The new generation of consoles coming out in a year, or two
years, is probably going to be the last generation,” Wester said, “I’d be very
surprised if we see a generation after that.. A CPU integrated into a TV is a
much smarter way of working instead of having the hardware connected to the TV.
It’s only a matter of time, before we will see the consoles totally wiped out
of the market.”
What do you think? Will there be a need for console hardware
in the future when we have the technology to stream everything off Onlive?