Magicka pokes a little fun at fantasy games

by: Sean Colleli -
Paradox Interactive has some new trailers up for Magicka, its fantasy action adventure for the PC, 360 and as-yet unnamed consoles. The first is a teaser and the second is an interview with Paradox CEO Johan Pilestedt.  This might seem like just another fantasy game but Paradox is actually taking advantage of that, as you can see in the teaser trailer. Besides being a team based action game, Magicka has a lot of self-referential humor that makes fun of fantasy game cliches. The gameplay looks like a lot of fun but it's also refreshing to have a game that pokes fun at Lord of the Rings and Narnia fans who take their hobby a little too seriously.




 
Get Your Robes Ready: Paradox Interactive Shows Off the "Unique" World of Magicka

NEW YORK – February 8, 2010 – Paradox Interactive today has unveiled brand new footage for Magicka, which is set to join Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West as one of the first two Paradox Interactive titles to launch on consoles. Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, the action-adventure title based on Norse mythology will transport players into a fantasy environment unlike anything ever experienced before. (Well, sort of.)

Preview the quest of four of the bravest wizards as they take on dragons, ice monsters and wield things that glow in an attempt to save the world from ultimate peril.

View the teaser trailer that bests all teaser trailers here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7EFHt2IL4E

Additionally, Johan Pilestedt, CEO and Game Director at Arrowhead Game Studios recently sat down at the Paradox Interactive Convention to discuss Magicka.

“The most important key feature is the dynamic spellcasting system where you can combine spells freely.” Says Johan Pilestedt. ”For example, combining two elements, like fire and water creates steam. And if you then combine that steam with earth you create an earth projectile which, when it hits something, explodes in a steam cloud.” Johan continues.

View the complete interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jp7Y5oNOA4

Be prepared for intense fighting in fancy robes when Magicka releases on multiple platforms in Q2 2010.

For upcoming news visit Magicka on Facebook and www.paradoxplaza.com/games/magicka

Magicka Game Features:

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Innovative and dynamic spellcasting system with over a million possible combinations
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Up to four-player co-op in all game modes, as well as a single-player option
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Fight your way through 13 different levels in the campaign
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Explore an expansive realm of adventure to defeat the evilest of wizards
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Experience the parody and satire of a clichéd fantasy world

About Paradox Interactive
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 originally developed titles such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis and the Hearts of Iron franchises, as well as publishing titles such as the Elven Legacy series, Mount&Blade and Majesty 2. Paradox stands poised to make an explosive entry onto consoles during 2010 with the release of Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West. For more information, please visit www.paradoxplaza.com and follow @pdxinteractive on twitter.

About Arrowhead Game Studios
Based out of Skellefteå, Sweden, Arrowhead Game Studios is an award winning game development company focusing on making games that are intuitive and innovative for creative gamers. The company philosophy is based on these simple guiding principles - entertainment, innovation and quality. Magicka, the action/adventure game developed by the company has won the title "Game of the Year" at the Swedish Game Awards 2008, Swedens largest game development competition.
For more information, visit http://www.arrowheadgs.com
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