Paradox Interactive announced two new games, three new expansions, and board game versions of its biggest franchises at Paradox Con over the weekend.
Imperator: Rome is a new grand strategy property that looks to explore alternate histories.
“What we think of as ‘western civilization’ was not guaranteed,” the game’s pitch reads.
“Imagine Alexander’s empire centralized under one successor. Italy might never have been unified under Roman rule, strangling a juggernaut in its cradle. A world without Caesar. Now you can explore these alternate histories in Imperator: Rome.”
Imperator: Rome is set in the classical world from the glory days of Athens to the establishment of the Roman Empire four centuries later, and allows players to rule any nation on what Paradox claims is its most detailed map ever, stretching from the Pillars of Hercules to the far reaches of of India.
Players will govern republics or monarchies, balancing the factions, and keep the loyalty of your most capable generals.
Imperator promises to include character management, diverse populations, battle tactics, military traditions, different government types, barbarians and rebellions, trade, and provincial improvement.
It is scheduled for a 2019 release.
Paradox’s second game announcement is Age of Wonders: Planetfall, which takes the fantasy strategy series in a new sci-fi direction.
It’s in development at Triumph Studios, which is promising to deliver exciting turn-based empire building and immersive tactical combat.
Players will emerge from the dark age of a fallen galactic empire to craft a new future for their people, and in doing so, unravel the history of a shattered civilization.
There will be both a single player campaign and PvP multiplayer.
“While the setting is new, we’re confident that Age of Wonders fans will feel right at home exploring the remnants of the Star Union,” said Triumph Studios CEO Lennart Sas.
“Our aim is to make a game that greatly expands upon its predecessors, and still employs the core principles that made Age of Wonders such a success.”
Age of Wonders: Planetfall is slated for release for PC and console in 2019
Elsewhere, Paradox is looking to collaborate with board game designers to create tabletop versions of Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, and Cities: Skylines.
It has launched a crowdfunding project for the Crusader Kings adaptation, which has already easily bested its goal over on Kickstarter.
The game is being designed and published in cooperation with Free League Publishing, developers of Mutant Year Zero and Tales from the Loop RPG.
Lastly, Paradox announced new expansions for Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, and Hearts of Iron IV, and set a release date for Stellaris expansion Distant Stars at May 22.
Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury, takes its inspiration from the Northern Crusaders of Catholic Europe against its Pagan neighbours, Europa Universalis IV: Dharma focusses on the Indian Subcontinent and puts greater emphasis on peacetime interactions, and Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns looks to add greater depth to the naval side of the war.