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Paradox Interactive’s Webshop, Sales and EU3 Gift to Fans

By on January 21st, 2013 10:08 am

Paradox Interactive webshop and sales

Paradox Interactive, the publisher known for the grand strategy games series Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, and the space 4X series Sword of the Stars, has announced that it will send the game Europa Universalis 3: Chronicles to all of their forum members as a gift. In fact, I already got mine.

This is part of their commemoration on achieving the 500K forum subscriber. And, to add to the gift, they launched their own webshop to sell their games on, where they’re currently running a launching sale on selected titles for 55% off till February 17th.

So, here’s a chance to grab some of Paradox’s strategy games for half price. All the games currently listed in their webshop, but Victoria 2 and Majesty 2, require Steam.

There’s the space 4X games Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection (review here) and Sword of the Stars 2: Enhanced Edition (review here).

But, have a special look also at Europa Universalis 3: Chronicles, Crusader Kings 2 and Warlock: Master of the Arcane. Unfortunately, I don’t have first hand info about these three, but they seem to be pretty good. Europa Universalis is Paradox’s flagship game and it’s all about empire building, while Crusader Kings 2 seems to focus a bit more on dynasty building. Warlock Master of the Arcane is a fantasy turn-based 4X game.

Offering a game (Europa Universalis III: Chronicles) to its community, with the possibility for re-giving it to a friend, is certainly a nice gesture worthy of applause. But, it’s also quite a clever move, since after all Europa Universalis IV is to be released this year ;)

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16 Comments


  1. Towerbooks3192 says:

    Any news on when is the release date (or even month) of the release of EU 4? I need to prepare my budget way ahead of time if ever I want to buy stuff on release especially the highly anticipated space games. Will definitely check the forum of paradox!!

    • Towerbooks3192 says:

      Oh yeah thanks for the information Adam! I am happy I will be getting a digital copy so I would feel safe in case my EU3 disc will die

      • Adam Solo says:

        I don’t know about all publishers but some offer you the chance to re-download their game in case your DVD dies. When they have a digital download version that is. Which these days seem to be almost all.

    • Adam Solo says:

      What I have for EU4 is still Q3 2013.

      • Towerbooks3192 says:

        That is unfortunate. atleast I still have something to look forward to. Thanks Adam! I really wish I would finally restore Byzantium to its former glory this time around. Still getting pwned as the Doge of Venice in CK 2 with its republic expansion

  2. LuckyLuigi says:

    Crusader Kings 2 is GOTY 2012 in my book. As close to heroine as a game can get.
    SOTS 2 is pretty good now after a year of fixes. Original is still best but SOTS 2 graphics are very nice.
    EU3 is amazing due to the massive fan mods. Can’t wait for EU4.

  3. Kyle Rees says:

    Thanks for the heads up, I like many of their games. Unfortunately it seems that their forums are down right now, so I can’t claim the gift.

  4. BBR91 says:

    I already own EU3 with all expansions, which is what Chronicles is, and I want to say to everyone who plays or will start playing EU3 now, get the MEIOU mod. It’s mindblowingly good and improves the game A LOT in every aspect. You won’t be able to go back to vanilla after playing MEIOU, trust me.

  5. David says:

    @Kyle Rees
    You get the code in the Paradox newsletter and then register it on Steam.

    Well done Paradox; very generous & progressive company.

    • csebal says:

      That just fails at releasing quality games.

      Not that their games do not turn out to be decent after a few dozen patches, but when they release, its usually well below decent in terms of quality.

    • csebal says:

      Quite frankly, its the unique nature of their games, the otherwise brilliant game design and the awesome modding community that makes them worth playing.

      Frankly, after you play some of those mods, you will never want to touch a vanilla game again.

      Never really got anything from them in relation to this offer though. Maybe because I already own all there is to own with EU3, maybe because I’m just not special enough.. dunno. Again, as I already have the game, I do not really care either.

      A 10-25% discount coupon on EU4 would have been appreciated a lot more than some old junk most of the dedicated forum dwellers own already anyway.

      Its not hard to be generous, when it costs you nothing.. which sorta reminds me of the compensation we got after the botched SOTS2 release… two worthless old games to add to the pile in our steam library.

      • Adam Solo says:

        If you had an account on the Paradox forums you should have been eligible to receive the EU3:Chronicles key. Check your secondary emails. But, as you already have the game you can always give it to a friend.

        I also think a 10-25% discount on EU4 would have been better :) But that would require some sort of criteria for the giveaway, as it would be probably be too much to ask for 500.000 10-25% discounts coupons.

        But yes, this operation didn’t cost them too much. I wouldn’t say nothing because some people could have purchased EU3 still. However, they may have reached the conclusion that it would be better for business to inundate the community with EU3 keys to prepare the ground for EU4.

        • csebal says:

          Apparently you only received this, if you were subscribed to their newsletter. As I make it a point to opt out of any such marketing/advertising related e-mails whenever possible, I have not received the code.

          So that’s one less mystery to solve.

          I guess this is when you suffer the odd side of stupid legal necessities. Like giving them permission to contact you about offers and advertisements.. or in my case, not giving them such permission, thus getting left out of the offers part, so I do not have to suffer the advertisements part of that deal.

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