Paradox Acquires Overlord Studio Triumph

The Cities: Skylines publisher buys Triumph for an undisclosed sum.

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Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive (Cities: Skylines, Tyranny) announced today that it has acquired Overlord and Age of Wonders developer Triumph Studios.

In a press release announcing the buyout, Paradox said Triumph's current team, including founders Lennart Sas and Arno van Wingerden, will stay with the company. Additionally, "all ongoing projects will remain in development." They will be published by Paradox.

Overlord II
Overlord II

"Triumph Studios is a developer of our own heart," Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester said in a statement. "They are world-leading within their niche and have built a large and dedicated community over the years, counting quite a few Paradox employees among their hardcore fans. We have great faith in Lennart, Arno, and the Triumph team, and our main focus now is to ensure that they can continue to create their magic under new ownership."

Sas said in hus own statement that Triumph has been approached by others, but the company declined all offers until now because, with Paradox, it's "not merely a business transaction." Instead, it's something grander.

"This is a liaison with a partner that can help us grow sustainably by ensuring the stability and continuity needed for us to do more of what we do best--develop some of the best turn-based strategy games on the market today," Sas said. "Paradox is a good match for us both culturally and games-wise. They get it. It's as simple as that, and we are extremely excited about the acquisition."

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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I own both Overlords, and all the Age of Wonders games. While I enjoyed them all, the only one I bothered to finish was the first Overlord.

All of them are like great unfinished works: All the raw materials are there in abundance, but they lack refinement, often resulting in "jumbled messes." The messy hub towers in Overlord, the messy unintuitive interfaces of the AoW games (3 was best)...

I hope Paradox is able to take their sense of refinement and usable interfaces to hone both properties into the amazing works they were intended to be.

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Hopefully they allow them to continue as normal and don't hold them to Paradox's "standards" (or lack there of).

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I would love to see Overlord 3 on the PS4/XB1 as long as its similar quality to Overlord 1, Raising Hell and Overlord 2. I would hate to see the series die with that abysmal Diablo knockoff from a year ago or so.

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@CapmJim: I had totally forgotten about that "other" entry (for good reason).

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so does this mean they'll be remastering Overlord for PS4/X1 then???

IDK, I kinda passed on Overlord the first time but I kinda wanna check it out now.....

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@darthrevenx: Skip the first one, start on the second.

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@freeryu: I disagree... The first one is absolutely worth the time. Same interface and design hassles in both.

Think "what if Pikmin were utterly evil?"

Fun.

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@Pyrosa: see they always say, you wanna be a BAD boy? And I say YEAH BABY, YEAH! Surf's up space ponies! I'm makin' gravy... Without the lumps. AAA-ha-ha-ha!

BAD IS GOOD BABY, DOWN WITH GOVERNMENT!!

lolz

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@darthrevenx: Nice! I haven't watched the reboot yet...

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