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Crusader Kings 2: Rajas of India unveils the karmic forces of the East

Strategy game developer Paradox Development Studio unveiled this week the sixth expansion pack for the tactical role-playing game Crusader Kings 2 which introduces Eastern Persia and India. Crusader Kings 2: Rajas of India allows players to take on the role of a Hindu, Buddhist or Jain ruler. The update also features elephant war units, hundreds of new provinces throughout Central Asia and new open ports on the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Starting at 12 p.m. PST today, a developer from Paradox Development Studio will begin live streaming the new release via Twitch. You can check that out right here. Crusader Kings 2: Rajas of India is available for $14.99 from digital download portals.

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Just Cause 2: Multiplayer is Mod DB's reader-voted mod of 2013

Mod DB's readers have spoken, and the consensus among them is that Just Cause 2: Multiplayer, the community-made multiplayer addition to Avalanche Studios' Just Cause 2, is the best mod of 2013. Just Cause 2: Multiplayer, which was released on Steam earlier this month, also took the top spot on Mod DB's editors' choice list last week. Over the course of a 22-day campaign, Mod DB received a total of more than 141,000 votes. Voting wasn't restricted to mods that were released this year; rounding out the top three on the readers' choice list were No More Room in Hell, a cooperative survival horror mod for Half-Life 2 that debuted in 2011, and Rise of the Reds, a 2008 mod that added the Russian Federation to Command and Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour. Here's the full top 10: 10. W...

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Crusader Kings 2's fifth expansion coming Nov. 18

A fifth expansion is coming to Paradox Development Studio's role-playing strategy game, Crusader Kings 2, Nov. 18, the developer announced today. Sons of Abraham dives into religion in the game with a focus on Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Project lead Henrik Fåhraeus revealed changes to the College of Cardinals in a developer diary posted today. According to Fåhraeus, the team wanted to do more with the game's Pope by detailing how he is elected, his power and how to win his favor. "Thus, we added the Cardinal title and the College of Cardinals," Fåhraeus, wrote. "For simplicity's sake, there are only nine cardinals, and the Pope is always elected from among their number. Cardinals, however, are not elected; they are picked by the Pope from among his courtiers and the bishops of...

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Hands-on with Magicka: Wizard Wars, which hits Steam Early Access today

Paradox Interactive's spellcasting, player-versus-player action game is a rethought sequel to its predecessor, Magicka. Like fans of the original would expect, it includes dozens of spells that players can mix and match to obliterate their opponents. But Magicka: Wizard Wars is a refinement, and some new changes are in store for old and new fans alike. Polygon spent some hands-on time with a pre-alpha version of Magicka: Wizard Wars recently and learned from its developer just what's in store, what Paradox hopes to accomplish through the Steam Early Access community and how the Street Fighter series wound up being one of the game's major influences. Magicka: Wizard Wars arms you with eight different elements from which players can create dozens upon dozens of destructive spells. The...

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Europa Universalis and War of the Roses are part of this week's strategy gaming Humble Bundle

Swedish publisher Paradox is bringing a collection of its strategy games to the latest Humble Weekly Bundle, with 48 games and 20 soundtracks available for users who pay over $125 this week. The bundle includes Europa Universalis 3 Complete, War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Warlock: Master of the Arcane, Leviathan: Warships, Dungeonland and The Shadow Effect. Those who pay over the average price will also receive Crusader Kings 2 and Magicka. Money offered up in this weekly bundle can be split between Paradox Interactive, the American Red Cross and the Child's Play Charity.

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Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods available on May 28 for $14.99

The expansion pack for Paradox Development Studio's role-playing strategy title, Crusader Kings 2, launches May 28 for Windows PC, Mac and Linux for $14.99. Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods features an retro-extended time period by 200 years to 867 AD and gives players "more years of bloodshed, intrigue and vicious family feuds in a titanic struggle between the followers of the White Christ, the Arab Prophet and the Old Gods." The Old Gods will give players new options of playing as a Pagan chieftain or a Zoroastrian ruler. It also introduces new features, such as a new Pagan UI, the ability to loot provinces, burn structures to the ground, convert heathens and recruit adventurers. For more information about Crusader Kings 2's fourth expansion, be sure to check out the third...

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Ubisoft now selling third-party games on Uplay Shop and its own games on EA's Origin

Ubisoft is beginning a major expansion of its digital distribution presence today: The company is now selling games from other studios and publishers through the Uplay Shop, its online store, and has also begun selling its own games through Electronic Arts' competing service, Origin. Chris Early, Ubisoft's vice president of digital publishing, told Polygon in a recent phone interview that the simultaneous moves are being made with one principal goal: to give Uplay's 50 million users more options for buying and playing Ubisoft games. Ubisoft launched Uplay in late 2009 alongside Assassin's Creed 2. The main part of the service, Uplay Win, gives players reward points called Uplay Units for completing in-game actions; those points are then used to purchase digital bonus content such as...

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Paradox CEO acknowledges poor launches, promises 'fewer and better titles' in the future

Paradox Interactive CEO Frederik Wester acknowledged that his company has launched buggy, unfinished or nearly unplayable games in the past, and promised better quality control in the future, in an interview with GameSpy. The trend of substandard launches will end with 2012's Gettysburg: Armored Warfare, said Wester. That alternate-history shooter, which was developed by Radioactive Software and published by Paradox, launched in March to a poor reception: Reviewers slammed the game for being broken. "That was terrible. We did not do our homework," said Wester. He added that Paradox "learned a lot from that release" — the publisher canceled four games over the summer, after the bungled launch of Gettysburg, because they weren't up to par. The reason for shoddy launches in Paradox's...

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Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods expansion announced for Q2 2013

Paradox Development Studio's RPG strategy title, Crusader Kings 2, will receive an expansion pack in Q2 2013 titled Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods, Paradox Interactive announced today. The expansion will enable players to play as a Pagan chieftain or a Zoroastrian ruler. The in-game time period has also been expanded back in time by 200 years to 867 AD, which makes The Old Gods the longest time-spanning Paradox title. Some features include the ability to loot provinces and burn structures to the ground, convert heathens, and recruit adventurers when the intention of invasion is declared. The once clone-like rebels will have more facial details and specific agendas. There is also new Pagen UI, with new events and in-game decisions. Crusader Kings 2 was released for Windows PC on Feb....

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Crusader Kings 2 comes to Linux just as Paradox Interactive teases new content

Paradox Interactive's highly complex strategy game Crusader Kings 2 is now available on Linux, the developer announced. The SteamPlay enabled game is unlockable for PC, Mac and now Linux as long as the user already owns the title on one of the platforms. The game, set during the high and late middle ages, launched last year and was followed by numerous expansions and DLC including the recently release Republic add-on which centers around the mercantile republics of Crusader Kings 2. Paradox is also currently teasing new content on its official Facebook page, with the release of a partially-revealed image and the caption "Day One."

Crusader Kings 2 Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 02/14/2012
    • Publisher Paradox Interactive
    • Developer Paradox Development Studio
  • Mac
    • Released 05/24/2012
    • Publisher Paradox Interactive
    • Developer Paradox Development Studio
  • Linux
    • Released 01/24/2013
    • Publisher Paradox Interactive
    • Developer Paradox Development Studio
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