Paradox Interactive has announced it’s canceling an unconfirmed number of games it has in the pipeline as part of refocusing resources on what it calls “proven game niches and projects” that will have a better risk/reward outlook. Collectively, the cancelations will result in approximately a $30 million (265 MSEK) write-off.
The announcement came as part of a press release from the company that, despite the cancelations, Paradox Interactive still has 15 games in the works. Among the currently announced games on the docket are Victoria 3, Crusader Kings 3, Shadowrun Trilogy, and Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
“Paradox Interactive was born and raised in strategy- and management games,” CEO Fredrik Wester said in the announcement. “It is where we have our heart and our mind and we are passionate about making games that our players can enjoy over a long period of time. Therefore we have sharpened our pipeline further to ensure that the projects with the highest potential have the resources necessary for the best possible development. We now have a promising game pipeline and I look forward to sharing these games with our players over the next few years.”
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Even though it’s not among the canceled projects, Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, in particular, has had a troubling development cycle since its announcement back in 2019. From delays and bleeding senior developers to the complete removal of developer Hardsuit Labs from the game earlier this year.