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Paradox and Arrowhead team up to deliver Magicka

Posted by: Chad at 2/16/2010 11:13 AM
"Once upon a time in a generic fantasy world..." is how the trailer for Magicka starts.  Arrowhead Game Studios apparently isn't allowing the game to take itself seriously.  In fact, the tone is light-hearted and fun, which is one of the things that attracted Paradox Interactive.  The fact that Paradox will be publishing it was officially announced today, even though we already knew about it.

Magicka sports 13 levels set in a generic fantasy world "full of satire and dark humor." You'll also find a dynamic spell casting system and up-to-four player co-op.  It looks like it could be a pleasant distraction.  Head over to the web site for more info up until Magicka is released later this year.


Arrowhead Game Studios signs with Paradox Interactive

Today Swedish game developer Arrowhead Game Studios announced their publisher for the upcoming action/adventure game Magicka. “We decided to work together with Paradox Interactive.” says Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt and continues; “They have a good reputation as a publisher, they share our view on gaming and they are generally nice people.”

Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester comments "We've had our eyes on the team at Arrowhead for some time. They've really managed to find a unique humorous tone and coupled it with great gameplay in Magicka. The game is going strike a chord with our fanbase while appeal to a broader audience and will fit perfectly into the Paradox portfolio."

Magicka was first announced October 2009 and promises 13 different levels of various environments, a dynamic spell casting system and 4 player co-op; all set in a generic fantasy world full of satire and dark humour. The game is expected to be released in the latter half of 2010 and will be multiplatform, “We’re still looking into the different possibilities.” says Pilestedt.

Find out more at www.magicka.se.

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.paradox.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 www.arrowheadgs.com.