Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive, known for publishing Cities: Skylines and Tyranny, have announced that it has acquired Overlord and Age of Wonders developer Triumph Studios.
The acquisition does not appear to be ushering in too many changes, however. Triumph’s current team will remain with the studio and all projects in development will continue, instead they will now be published by Paradox.
Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester said in a statement:
“Triumph Studios is a developer of our own heart. 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.”
Founder Lennart Sas said in his 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.” Hinting that it’s something much grander.
The developer’s last game was action-strategy Age of Wonders 3, which mixed empire management with turn-based tactical combat featuring everything from dragons to gigantic machines of destruction fueled by divine power. It launched in 2014, but has been expanded with a constant amount of solid DLC since then. They also developed the first two Overlord games, though the rights are owned by Codemasters and weren’t part of this acquisition.
Recently, Civilization V lead designer Jon Shafer joined Paradox Interactive to direct an unannounced new game. Also, Paradox announced another new game titled Surviving Mars coming in 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.