TRIUMPH STUDIOS JOINS FORCES WITH PARADOX INTERACTIVE

 

We are super excited to bring you the news that Triumph Studios has been acquired by Paradox Interactive. Our Triumph adventure began 20 years ago, taking us from the first Age of Wonders strategy game to the Action RPG series Overlord, and back to our turn-based roots again. We have created the sort of original games that we ourselves craved, and that we wanted to share with a like-minded audience. Triumph’s games are genre-defying, can be experienced with other people, appeal to the inner nerd and somehow all involve conquering the world in some fashion.

Throughout our history we have worked with varying degrees of independence, from full-on indie to close cooperation with publishers. After self-publishing Age of Wonders 3, which creatively and commercially turned out tremendously well, we realized that development – in close relation to our fans – is the thing that we care about most. Additionally, the games market is constantly evolving and we drew the conclusion that expanding our publishing efforts for the limited number of games we release would be inefficient.

So we were super excited when Paradox proposed joining their family. As one of the world’s premier publishers – and developers – of strategy games, they really understand the type of games we make. The have specialized, highly skilled personnel to complement our activities: from marketing and PR, to QA, localization and of course development itself. Many of us are huge fans of Paradox games, so we’re very much looking forward to sharing knowledge with their renowned Grand Strategy developers.
As a development studio we will keep on flying our own flag, but with the help of Paradox and the continued support of you -our fans- we’ll be able to take our games to another level, and contribute to the continued development of a strategy powerhouse. We just can’t wait to reveal to you what we’ve been cooking up over the last two years.

Thanks for all your support. A new Age of Wonders dawns today, the future for strategy games has never looked better!

Arno, Lennart and the Triumph Team

Paradox and Triumph will host a live stream and Q&A about the acquisition on Friday, June 30 at 4PM CEST. Tune in at twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive.

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  • #254757

    stellarrat
    Member

    Prediction #1: We’ll see major turn over at Triumph. I believe this was a move to get a handsome retirement payout for the old guard there. I’m sure some of them were getting up to the age where working was getting old. 20 years as Triumph means some of them must have been close, anyone over 30 certainly.

    Prediction #2: The games coming out of Triumph going forward will not be up to the quality we’ve come to expect.

    Prediction #3: The last patch was a gift to us from the old guard because they wanted to go out with pride in what they had accomplished.

    #254759

    Not played it, but did read up on that.
    Mezmorki brought it to my attention, either in one of his articles or somewhere in a forum.

    It was meeeee. ;(

    And now with Paradox’s resources you can finally make my your dreams come true. 🙂

    #254762

    Jolly Joker
    Member

    It was ultra cool – but it was also an example for a rushed game with a lot of “unwanted” complexity and half-baked ideas and features, which is why I would want a remake/rework.

    #254770

    It was ultra cool – but it was also an example for a rushed game with a lot of “unwanted” complexity and half-baked ideas and features, which is why I would want a remake/rework.

    Can we add Populous: the Beginning to that list?

    #254771

    Gloweye
    Member

    It was ultra cool – but it was also an example for a rushed game with a lot of “unwanted” complexity and half-baked ideas and features, which is why I would want a remake/rework.

    Can we add Populous: the Beginning to that list?

    Fack ya….that game was awesome.
    And Dungeon Keeper. If Dungeon Keeper Meets Overlord…..Triumph could make that work.

    #254773

    Fack ya….that game was awesome.
    And Dungeon Keeper. If Dungeon Keeper Meets Overlord…..Triumph could make that work.

    to bad the DK rights have been hogged by EA and they made a crappy mobile game from it, tho there are a few alternative that carries the DK spirit, (and might be up for a colloberation calypso studios from Dungeons 1 and 2 is pretty awesome)

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/262280/Dungeons_2/ (DK meets WARCRAFT 3)
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/230190/War_for_the_Overworld/ (one of the best “DK clones” there is that actually captures the old school DK feeling)

    and all above, i might have slightly overeacted, my apoligies for the inconvinience

    #254774

    Motasa
    Member

    Can we add Populous: the Beginning to that list?

    Yes! That game was marvellous. Played it nearly non-stop for half a decade. Despite its flaws, it was a true gem Bullfrog Productions delivered. The shaman with a wide variety of spells; the globe worlds, allowing you to attack from all sides; the colourful art style, graphics (3d globe world with sprites on top of it, looking down on the planet with a neat zoom function) and (in hindsight quite repetitive) relaxing music, made it a truly unique experience for me at the time I started playing PC games. Too bad EA had to ruin Bullfrog and Molyneux became delusional in thinking making games in his “God Game” genre made him a god: over-hyping his own projects and under-delivering every time, with Godus as the most recent failure and prime example.

    Although quite a different game, in 2011 Ubisoft released From Dust, a concept by Éric Chahi and a spiritual successor of sorts to the core principles of what made god games, including Populous: The Beginning, such unique game experiences.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by  Motasa.
    #254775

    SikBok
    Keymaster

    I hope you find our UI helpful in alleviating the comprehension and tracking complexity.

    *Responses*

    It’s complicated. But duly noted.
    Thanks fore the feedback.

    BBB, been playing StarCraft 2 by any chance ; )>

    I’m sure some of them were getting up to the age where working was getting old.

    No actually, something new every day. Some of them tough nuts to crack, but I’m here for both the variation and the challenge.

    It was meeeee. ;(

    My apologies then captain.
    Seems my age is effecting my memory ; )>

    #254778

    Gloweye
    Member

    BBB, been playing StarCraft 2 by any chance ; )>

    Dunno about him, but I have….and I have to say, that UI is amazing. It doesn’t obstruct you, but it does give you basically everything you need available easily.

    It’s rather a different kind of game from AoW, so you can’t really compare that easily, but yeah….

    #254781

    Jolly Joker
    Member

    RTS needs a perfect UI.

    #254782

    Motasa
    Member

    RTS needs a perfect UI.

    Correct. And hotkeys galore!

    #254793

    Been playing starcraft 1 while I download sc2 on my creaky connection. My roommate has sc1 so we’ve been messing about with that. He’s in for a surprise once he plays sc2 and xcom 2. He’s basically a decade behind the gaming world. I’m trying to get him onto steam hahaha….

    Bye bye free time.

    #254814

    Taykor
    Member

    Worth mentioning the 12 active abilities list restriction. Some new players erroneously think they can access only 12 abilities and don’t instinctively realise they can open up the unit/hero panel.

    Yes, that too.

    It’s actually pretty easy: If you want to cast a spell, you get a spellbook with the spells listed, and I don’t see any reason not to collect the other abilities in “ability books” as well. For example, there is the melee attack button; this could open a book with all TOUCH abilities, while there could be a Ranged attack button which would open a book with all the ranged abilities.

    That sounds very clunky… Maybe pop-up menus would be better? Like a pop-up tree which appears when moving cursor over ‘Ranged’ button.

    It’s complicated. But duly noted.
    Thanks fore the feedback.

    To clarify further, things like vision range, magical sight and resists definitely deserve their own place in the interface outside of abilities list (like hit points and moving points). And other part of abilities needs at the very least sensible grouping and sorting. Or even complete interface overhaul (getting rid of the list).

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by  Taykor.
    #257706

    johnmr531
    Member

    can we get a quarterly update? its been a while.

    #257716

    Khelle
    Member

    can we get a quarterly update? its been a while.

    I was going to ask the same. It would be nice to hear anything from Triumph 🙂

    #258529

    Bad news 🙁 R.I.P. Triumph

    #259141

    i know i’m like a year late and the decision has already been made but have you thought about kickstarter funding your your game to cover some of the alpha and/or static costs, it seems to work quite well for some other companies like the developer Harebrained Schemes and Obsidian has done quite well. The developer Harebrained Schemes has been quite successful in doing so and not letting their funding goals derail them.

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    #291315

    Florin1980
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    Hi,

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    Why so “super excited” about this acquisition? Why did u sell? Seems like an inexplicable decision to me unless you were in dire financial distress. The way I see it you guys were prone to monopolize a very lucrative niche of gaming, meaning tbs fantasy genre. With HoMM series, Disciples series and others now gone, AoW had a clear path to monopoly here as a recognizable and more importantly a highly quality franchise here. In time you could have beautifully expanded on that much like CA (Total War series) with practically no serious competition, a large loyal following and a clear business strategy. In my opinion sky would have been the limit! When you have something going good, you don’t let it go, especially when AoW3 was so good and sold so well.

    Instead of the above now you’re abandoning the AoW original franchise and working on some futuristic melange of things which even if it’s going to use AoW mechanics it will never fully be an AoW game produced by Triumph Studios in the gamer’s mind.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Paradox but I’m afraid AoW universe will slowly die away, after a couple of such spinoffs. Anyway, thank you for making these AoW great games you gave us

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