GDC San Francisco – March 5th, 2012 – Paradox Interactive today announced the details of its three previously teased games from small and fresh-thinking game studios for the 2012 Game Developers Conference, upholding that size doesn´t matter when it comes to big gameplay experiences from small development team.
Despite some pre-show jitters and a touch of stage fright, all three games, entitled The Showdown Effect, Dungeonland and RED Frontier , are being showcased at the convention. The trio of intriguing and innovative games will be available to view and to play at Paradox’s Interactive’s gaming lounge at GDC.
Action-packed and loaded with adventure, all three of these games will fulfill a unique need in gamers’ lives, whether it is their thirst for blood, fame and glory for their teams, or helpful theme-park-survival skills.
The Showdown Effect
Created by Arrowhead Game Studios, the same brilliant and eccentric minds behind Magicka, The Showdown Effect is a 2.5D multiplayer action game in which players will be participating in death-matches to gain glory and fame. Formerly known as “Project JFK,” The Showdown Effect operates on the principle of “more is more” and offers an infinite amount of ways to customize your gameplay. Whether its character, stage, game mode, or weapons, customize as much as you want and control how creatively you want to kill your friends! Remember, the gorier it is, the better the showdown you will have!
A theme park is a magical place reserved only for children, right? Wrong. DEAD wrong. Dungeonland redefines the idea of having “fun” in a fantasy theme park as it attempts to entrap your heroes and let them line up for their demise. Playing as the Rogue, the Warrior, or the Mage, heroes will adventure in a classic co-op dungeon crawl, with a sinister twist: three players can play as the daring heroes, while a fourth takes on the role of Dungeonland’s Game Master, using a pool of traps and monsters to annihilate their unwelcome guests! Featuring hero customization, looting and dozens of items, Dungeonland is an amoral, atypical take on asymmetric gameplay.
RED Frontier takes players to the final...well, “frontier”… for a new style of competitive RTS gaming! Would-be commanders will choose their sci-fi heroes and fight strategically alongside teammates and droids in a struggle for resources. On the battlefield, players will have an arsenal of combat droids, vehicles, and ingenious abilities ranging from deployable machine gun turrets and minefields to repair nanoids and orbital rocket strikes. Arsenals are constantly being refilled as fellow commanders respawn instantly and are immediately allowed to re-enter the battlefield after being eliminated. Prevail and celebrate your victory with your teammates in the arena!
Since 1999, Paradox Interactive has been a leading global developer and publisher of PC-based strategy games. World-renowned for its strategy catalog, the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe.
Its steadily-growing portfolio includes firmly established PC franchises such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Victoria and the Hearts of Iron series, as well as now encompassing titles on other platforms such as Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West released in 2010 on PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 and Defenders of Ardania on iPad.
2012 will be Paradox Interactive’s most ambitious line-up of titles to date with such anticipated releases as Crusader Kings II, Naval War: Arctic Circle, Warlock: Master of the Arcane, Napoleon´s Campaigns II, A Game of Dwarves, War of the Roses. It is also expanding its presence in the free-to-play arena through Paradox Connect with upcoming games such as Salem: The Crafting MMO.
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