Civilization V Lead Designer Jon Shafer Joins Paradox Interactive to Direct Unannounced New Game

Veteran Civilization developer Jon Shafer joins Paradox's critically acclaimed strategy game studio to direct a new game.

Today Paradox Interactive announced with a press release that Jon Shafer will join Paradox Development Studio, taking the role as Game Director on an unannounced new game.

Shafer is well known among the strategy game community as the Lead Designer of Civilization V, having also worked on the Beyond the Sword and Warlords expansions for Civilization IV.

Shafer himself accompanied the press release with a comment:

“I’ve been a fan of Paradox’s games for years now, and moving onto the team behind some of my favorite titles is an exhilarating moment for me. I’ve been drawn to strategy games for as long as I can remember, and it’s harder to find a better selection of rich strategy experiences than at Paradox. I look forward to working on the next big title in their catalog – stay tuned!”

Paradox Development Studio Executive Vice President Johan Andersson also commented:

“Bringing Jon Shafer onto our team is exciting for all of us; there’s probably nobody here who hasn’t personally played and enjoyed his work. Adding a new designer to our studio is always a significant challenge. Our fans have very high expectations for us based on the games they play – deep, complex titles with long-lasting, replayable experiences. I’ve known Jon for 15 years now, and I’m excited to have him join us. Jon has the expertise to create more of those experiences, and he shares our core design philosophies; we can’t wait to share his games with our fans.”

No further details were provided about the game Shafer is working on, but Paradox promised more info to be announced in the future. Incidentally, he will continue working independently on his Kickstarter-funded project At the Gates.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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