Triumph Studios has been a bit quiet of late after releasing Age of Wonder 3 in 2014. But apparently it has been doing enough to draw the attention of publisher Paradox Interactive, which has acquired the developer for an undisclosed sum.
"Throughout our history we have worked with varying degrees of independence, from full-on indie to close cooperation with publishers," Triumph co-founder Lennart Sas said in a blog post to fans. "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."
Paradox will be keeping the entire team in place, including Sas and other co-founder Arno van Wingerden. The acquisition includes all of the projects that Triumph is currently working on.
Triumph has six games under its belt, first creating the excellent turn-based strategy title Age of Wonders in 1999 alongside Epic Games. Two more Age of Wonders games followed before the studio branched off into action adventure with the Overlord series, starting in 2007. After the expansion and sequel, it went back to the Age of Wonders series with the self-published AoW3 in 2014
"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," Sas said. "We just can’t wait to reveal to you what we’ve been cooking up over the last two years."
“Triumph Studios is a developer of our own heart," Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester said in a press release. "They are world-leading within their niche and have built a large and dedicated community over the years, counting quite a few Paradox employees among their hardcore fans. We have great faith in Lennart, Arno and the Triumph team, and our main focus now is to ensure that they can continue to create their magic under new ownership,”
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I support this. They seem like a good match.
me too, even though the recent price hike kerfluffle did some damage to Paradox's brand.
Age of Wonders 3 is a fantastic game in an under-served genre. They supported it really well over the years, too, with lots of balance patches and even some new features as recently as this year. Have been really looking forward to an announcement of what they're working on next.