If you’ve never played Paradox Interactive’s Crusader Kings II, then you won’t know why a game can have patch notes that include “concubines can now have the ambition to have a daughter," “Eunuchs can’t have children anymore," and “fixed error in polygamy event." It’s not an accident that Paradox has managed to become the top developer of grand strategy games on PC in recent years. According to a recent interview by Paradox Interactive’s CEO, Fredrik Wester, the company is hoping to bring its grand strategy game, including franchises like Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and even Stellaris, to mobile in the next year, year and a half. The company’s been doing really well on PC recently, so they’re focused on that platform, but mobile is definitely a platform that seems to be an enticing destination for Paradox.
The developer has released some games on mobile, like Knights of Pen and Paper 2 (Free) and Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet ($3.99), which haven’t been bad, but it’s the grand strategy games that have made Paradox what it is now, and those are the games I hope to see on mobile. Wester also said they hope to use mobile as a companion device for their games, which would be fun if implemented right.
Now, while Wester didn’t mention any firm plans for bringing grand strategy games over on mobile, the interview does sound promising. I’d love to have a game like Crusader Kings II on my tablet (or even Hearts of Iron IV) because they would play great on a tablet (provided the interface was made for mobile). The App Store is definitely lacking in quality grand strategy games (or any grand strategy games for that matter, so let’s hope Paradox comes in to fill that void. And then, I can finally kill that lame son of mine who’s next in line of succession.