Grand strategy fans rejoice, as Jon Shafer is now working on a new project together with Paradox Development Studio. If that name doesn’t ring a bell it’s worth mentioning that Jon Shafer was the Lead Designer of Civilization V and has twelve years of experience with strategy games under his belt. He is also responsible for designing the Warlords and Beyond the Sword expansions for Civilization IV, among other projects. Shafer is currently working on a strategy game of his own called At the Gates, which was crowdfunded via Kickstarter.
In addition to his personal project, the Lead Designer of Civilization V is now also working with Paradox’s development branch on a new title. According to publisher Paradox Interactive, more details regarding this game will be revealed sometime in the future, however, it’s pretty safe to assume that this will be another grand strategy game. With popular franchises such as Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron and Crusader Kings under their belt, Paradox Development Studio seem to be the perfect match for a grand strategy aficionado like Jon Shafer. I wouldn’t hold my breath for a game that’s similar to Civilization V if I were you, but whatever Paradox is cooking up together with Shafer, it’s bound to be great.
“Bringing Jon Shafer onto our team is exciting for all of us; there’s probably nobody here who hasn’t personally played and enjoyed his work,” said Johan Andersson, EVP of Creative Direction at Paradox Development Studio. “Adding a new designer to our studio is always a significant challenge. Our fans have very high expectations for us based on the games they play – deep, complex titles with long-lasting, replayable experiences. I’ve known Jon for 15 years now, and I’m excited to have him join us. Jon has the expertise to create more of those experiences, and he shares our core design philosophies; we can’t wait to share his games with our fans.”
In other news, Paradox Interactive has recently announced a partnership with Harebrained Schemes that gives them publishing rights to Battletech. If you want to learn more about Battletech check out the official website right here.
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