By Tracey Lien on Mar 26, 2013 03.26.13
In a demo shown to Polygon at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, lead designer David Nisshagen and the EVP of Paradox North, John Hargelid said Wizard Wars is something the studio created for the Magicka PvP community. "When PvP was introduced to the original Magicka, so many players just lit up. It was like, 'Oh! This is what we've been waiting for!'" Hargelid said. "So we really wanted to give the PvP community a full, dedicated game experience." Cue Magicka: Wizard Wars, an online PvP game that removes the campaign and puzzle modes from the original Magicka and focuses on the PvP aspect. The game features the original "Robes" from Magicka — personality-filled, faceless, androgynous wizards who dash around maps casting spells, attacking, counter-attacking and...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 05, 2013 02.05.13
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...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jan 19, 2013 01.19.13
Steam users can now play Magicka for free until 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 20, Valve announced via Steam. For those interested in purchasing Magicka, the game is $2.49 through Jan. 21, a 75 percent discount from its normal $9.99 price. Additionally, the game's new downloadable content, Jólnir's Workshop, is free. The DLC includes a new challenge with 20 waves of beasts and blizzards, as well as new enemies. You can view Magicka on Steam here.
By Tracey Lien on Aug 07, 2012 08.07.12
Magicka is drawing inspiration from the Olympic Games in its latest content drop for its Challenge and Versus and mode. The "WOOT Tournament" DLC, set to debut tomorrow, features four new PVP maps, three new challenge maps and new items and spells for competing wizards. Many of the new features draw inspiration from – but are not directly connected to – the Olympics, such as the Mustketball Dunker, which is a gun that fires explosives, and the Wave maneuver. The DLC will be free for all Magicka players.