In a recent interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Paradox Interactive CEO and all around awesome guy Fredrik Wester talked about his plans for the future of the company. Stepping back a bit, if you're not familiar with Paradox, the type of games they make they describe as "grand strategy." How grand are these strategy games? Well, just skip through this video "introduction" to their latest release, Europa Universalis IV to get an idea of what kind of games Paradox makes:
Now, they've released both Magicka [$3.99] and Leviathan Warships [$4.99 (HD)], but neither are as grand as the Europa Universalis series. That sounds like it could be changing as Paradox Interactive grows. Here's what Wester had to say about it:
"...I actually want to dip our toes more into mobile. The grand strategy games will fit really well there. I think there's a huge demand for hardcore games on touchscreen devices. Every time I fly over the Atlantic I look for a game to play. There are plenty of great match-three games, but I can only play them for five minutes, not five hours straight. That's the type of game we want to bring to mobile, not the games you play on your commute, but five or seven hour experiences."
He's right, too. Europa Universalis IV is a fantastic game, but when I play it, I feel the same way as I do about most slow paced but highly strategic games on my PC: I wish I was playing on my iPad, sitting on my couch instead. I mean, the iPad is basically the definitive way to play FTL [$9.99 (HD)], so it'd make sense that something similar to Europa Universalis would be equally amazing on a big ol' touchscreen.