Paradox Studios has had a busy period, releasing Hearts of Iron IV in June and Stellaris just the month before. They are both fantastic achievements – two high quality products in close succession. Stellaris, specifically, represents a new direction for Paradox, which is known for its historically grounded games such as Crusader Kings, Victoria, and Europa Universalis. This time someone in Paradox must have decided, “let’s make some stuff up and put it in space” – and it’s a good thing they did.
It was announced today that 2K will be releasing Civilization 5. A major change already announced is that the new game will jump to a hexagonal grid from the traditional square grid. Other gameplay changes will supposedly allow more complex diplomacy and more massive wars with the ability to bombard enemy forces from behind your lines. According to the IGN piece, the engine is being built anew from the ground up.