Paradox Announces “Paradox Arc” Publishing Initiative

Publisher Paradox Interactive has announced a new publishing initiative dubbed “Paradox Bow“, and its first version is through the obelisk from developer Dreamsite Games.

Based in Sweden, Paradox self-publishes both its own titles and games from third-party studios such as Obsidian Entertainment and Romero Games. The new release line is intended to showcase games from smaller development teams.

Paradox Arc head Sebastian Forsström said the overall goal of the initiative is to “surprise gamers with games they might not have known they had to play. We publish the kind of games that appear suddenly at the top of your “Most Played” list. […] I look forward to sharing more Paradox Arc titles with everyone soon – and inviting more developers to work with us.

through the obelisk is a deck-building RPG first released in Early Access in April 2021. Obelisk is the first of three games listed on the Paradox Arc website.

Earlier in the week, Paradox announced that its strategy simulation, Crusader Kings III, would see a price increase for two of its DLC packs. From September, the previously released “flavor packs”, Lords of the North and Fires of Iberiawill see a jump from their current price of $7 to $13.

Everything happens indie

Throughout the summer, the indie game publishing industry has had a turbulent few weeks. Earlier this week it was announced that Private Division – a subsidiary of Take-Two – is teaming up with Weta Workshop to develop a new the Lord of the Rings Game.

Last July, Digital Bros, parent company of Ghostrunner publisher 505 Games – formed its own independent publishing division known as “Hook”. Unlike Paradox Arc, Hook’s plan for indie developers is broader: The division will have “a comprehensive solution for developer needs,” including funding, publishing, and marketing.

And in June, Wander publisher Annapurna Interactive has revealed its intentions to become a game developer, while continuing to publish games. Annapurna’s first studio is led by Chelsea Hash, who served as game director on Heart Machine’s 2021 title solar ash, which was published by Annapurna. She will direct the studio’s first, currently unannounced game.

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