Paradox Interactive, publishers of popular and critically acclaimed titles such as the Crusader Kings series, Cities: Skylines and most recently Stellaris, has acquired Dutch company Triumph Studios in a multi-million euro deal. Founded in 1997, Triumph is best known for its Overlord and Age of Wonders series—and the buyout sees Paradox assume publishing rights for both as well as “all ongoing projects”. In doing so, all staff and management will stay in place at Triumph.
“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,” says Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester in a statement. “We have great faith in the Triumph team and leadership, and our main focus now is to ensure that they can continue to create their magic under new ownership.”
Triumph co-founder and CEO Lennart Sas added: “We have been approached by others before with an interest to acquire us, but this is not merely a business transaction for us. 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.
“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.”
Given the genre and similarity the Age of Wonders series bears to Paradox mainstays like Crusader Kings or Europa Universalis, Triumph seems like a great fit for Paradox and it will be interesting to see the future results of this acquisition. Such as, how this will affect Wonders current DLC and whether Triumph’s future games will be subject to DLC oversaturation like Crusader Kings 2, or the constant price shenanigans Paradox likes to pull with its games on the Steam store.
To talk more about the subject, both Wester and Sas are hosting a livestream today at 3pm BST/7am PST on the Paradox Twitch channel