Speaking with GameSpot today at E3, Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester explained why the company is choosing to release Magicka 2 on the PlayStation 4 and not the Xbox One. According to Wester, Sony was better focused on hardcore gamers than Microsoft, at least at the time when Paradox signed a deal to bring the game to the PS4. On top of that, Wester already had connections at Sony, he said.
"We hope to go to the Xbox One as well. We want to be on all platforms where our gamers are." -- Fredrik Wester
"I think the fact that we had some personal connections with Sony and we also felt that their offerings toward the hardcore gamers that we were after were more solid than the ones Microsoft had," Wester said. "Now I think, looking back at it, it's probably quite equal. But back then, it sounded like Sony had a more solid offering. But we hope to go to the Xbox One as well. We want to be on all platforms where our gamers are."
Also during our interview, Wester revealed that Paradox's deal with Sony for Magicka 2 is only a timed exclusive, meaning the game could someday come to the Xbox One. "We'll see if Microsoft is still interested in working with Magicka when that time is up. We'd be happy to bring it to the Xbox One."
In addition to the PS4, Magicka 2 is coming to the PC. The game includes four-player co-op, as well as a story-driven campaign and "plenty of surprises," according to Paradox. We'll have more from our interview with Wester in the days ahead.