GDC Weigh-In: Paradox Interactive Comes Out Swinging

Paradox Interactive Announces Heavyweight Line-up for GDC 2011

The Game Developers Conference – which saw humble beginnings in a developer’s living room back in ’88 – is entering its 25th (!!!) installment in 2011. It’s currently the world’s largest professionals-only videogame industry event, where developers gather to share ideas and show off to the world just how far the industry has come. Paradox Interactive – known for their historical computer strategy games, as well as for publishing titles like Magicka – are hitting the conference with a large line-up of games and surprises as detailed in their press release:

Paradox Interactive Announces Heavyweight Line-up for GDC 2011
Prepare for a Magicka “Surprise”, Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword, Pirates of Black Cove, Defenders of Ardania and Supreme Ruler: Cold War Playable at Event!

NEW YORK – February 11th, 2011 – Paradox Interactive has today announced a strong line-up of playable titles for this year’s Game Developers Conference taking place in San Francisco between February 28th and March 4th.

The renowned developer and publisher will be showing off a variety of upcoming games including the newest addition to their acclaimed Mount & Blade series entitled Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword and a new tower defense game set in the Majesty universe titled Defenders of Ardania, the first Paradox title releasing on iPad. Paradox Interactive will be present between February 28th and March 4th and will be available for game demos and interview.
The full line-up of titles that will be available for demo opportunities during the conference:

Magicka “Surprise”
The best-selling Magicka is a satirical fantasy action-adventure game where up to four players embark on a grand adventure to save their world from certain doom using a fully dynamic spell system. Players combine elements to cast spells and wreak havoc and devastation on the minions of darkness. Enough said. So what is the Magicka surprise? We won´t say until GDC. But here is a clue – it is not what you think it is.
Watch the Magicka release trailer here:

Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword
Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword features great new additions to the Mount & Blade experience such as fully customizable troops, new siege options, and an exciting new age of weaponry. With Fire & Sword also builds and expands upon the highly regarded combat system from Mount & Blade: Warband by introducing firearms to the battlefield and also opening up exciting new play-styles and options. In addition to the enhanced singleplayer mode, With Fire and Sword also provides a host of original multiplayer content.
Watch the announcement trailer here:

Pirates of Black Cove
It’s the 16th century, the golden era of pirates, and this is your chance to become the pirate king and conquer the Caribbean. Start out as a humble pirate and earn fame and notoriety to become a recognized pirate captain by getting promotions within the pirate brotherhood, requiring players to use force, guile, and even deceit. As you are promoted to higher ranks, you will own, manage and develop parts of the stronghold and entice other captains to join your fleet. Combining elements from fast-paced naval combat to light town management, Pirates of Black Cove is a game no pirate fan should miss.
Watch the teaser trailer here:

Defenders of Ardania
Defenders of Ardania is a next-generation tower defense game set in the rich fantasy world of Majesty, but with a twist. Besides the addictive core mechanics of placing towers to stop advancing enemy units, Defenders of Ardania also allows players to take on the role of the attackers seeking to conquer the enemy base.

Supreme Ruler: Cold War
Building on Supreme Ruler 2010 and Supreme Ruler 2020, BattleGoat Studios invites you to relive the tension and uncertainty of the Cold War. As the 1950’s approaches, the Korean War looms, the Arms Race intensifies, the Berlin Crisis leads to the formation of NATO, and the world anticipates a new World War. As leader of the United States or the Soviet Union, you must make the correct Economic, Diplomatic, Domestic and Military decisions to successfully navigate your country through this dangerous historical era and increase your nation’s Sphere of Influence on the world stage.

The Game Developers Conference will be taking place from February 28th until March 3rd this year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.

Robert Hill-Williams
Robert Hill-Williams
Robert Hill-Williams

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The only things Rob has been doing longer than gaming are breathing, sleeping, eating, and reading. RPGs were what made him view games as an experience instead of a distraction, but these days he likes and plays every genre gaming has to offer. Outside of his usual reviews and articles on MTB, you can find Rob on the weekly Mashcast and frequenting Twitter.

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