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Paradox Interactive have announced that they've put Imperator: Rome effectively on hold for all of 2021.

As probably their least popular modern full game, Imperator: Rome struggled from the moment it was released. Paradox have tried to overhaul parts of it with some free updates, and some DLC for true fans but it appears all their work so far just hasn't been enough to turn it around in players eyes and in a business sense.

In a post on their community forum about how Paradox Development Studios are doing, they mentioned how PDS is split into three teams working on Stellaris, Crusader Kings III and Hearts of Iron IV. Imperator: Rome was intentionally missed out, as it's not currently being developed further:

You might have noticed that Imperator: Rome isn’t assigned to any of the studios mentioned above. The reason for this is that on a regular basis we analyze the projects we have in development, where they are at, what they are trying to do and also what people and resources we have working on them. As part of this analysis we realized that there was a need to bring reinforcement for a couple of the projects at PDS, and given where Imperator was at in the run up to 2.0’s launch, we decided that after the launch of the update we would move people from Imperator to these other projects. Right now we’re working on plans to regrow the team for Imperator and continue development, but for the short term we needed to focus our efforts on these other projects.

I wanted to break the news now to manage everyone’s expectations: don’t expect much Imperator news at PDXCON, or any new content coming out in 2021. We’ll of course get back to everyone with news about it as long as we have something to share!

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You can find Imperator: Rome on GOG, Humble Store and Steam.

In other Paradox news, unfortunately for them it looks like the recent Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan expansion has become one of the most negatively reviewed DLC on Steam. Ouch. Paradox Tinto are currently in charge of that one and they're trying to fix it up.

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Quoting: KimyrielleOther than Crusader Kings III, this was the Paradox title I was most looking forward to in the recent years. I am a sucker for Ancient Rome. It's one of history's most interesting settings, IMHO.

Shame to see it die. :(
Well . . . it's not like you couldn't buy and play it today. They've just stopped adding stuff faster than in most of their games.
Trias 3 May
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A shame. After 2.0 patch I finally played a long campaign, till end year, and had lots of fun. Was really looking forward for this game...
einherjar 3 May
Quoting: pcavalcanti...First, the people who buy it from the start keep on losing their save games, mods, playstyles and have to re-learn how to play the game every few or so updates. It's frustrating even if the game gets somehow better...

That is really a point. I played 2 playthroughs in Stellaris - a wonderful game. In the first run, I fucked up in midgame because I did not know enough about how the game works.

After that, in my second run, I had to learn so much things new because of a big update...

Today, I really ask myself, if I want to play another round. Since my last play, they changed so much and also I have to learn new things as I want to play the lithoids DLC I bought months ago.
But I am really not sure, if I want to learn the game again.
Liam Dawe 3 May
To the people mentioning updates, all Paradox games on Steam have an opt-in Beta available for different previous versions to continue saves.
Quoting: Liam DaweTo the people mentioning updates, all Paradox games on Steam have an opt-in Beta available for different previous versions to continue saves.

That's a great thing about their games for sure but you have to remember to do this before because if you leave it with automatic updates you can start up a game and get some bad news. I've read lots of people reporting these kinds of problems.
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Quoting: TriasA shame. After 2.0 patch I finally played a long campaign, till end year, and had lots of fun. Was really looking forward for this game...
Anything preventing you from playing it? Seems to me all they're saying is that it's on the back burner for this year as it wasn't as successful of a sale as their other games. Their other games being ones they can milk their audience for all the monies (I can't believe how much I ended up spending on CKII and never finding the time to play it...)
denyasis 4 May
I'm also a sucker for antquity, for me it's one of the more approachable historical eras because we learned about it in school growing up. Although, I'd be really interested in a non western setting, maybe ancient India or China, although i'd really have to invest in learning the game and the cultural terms and meanings. I struggled hard with that with CK2.
Hori 4 May
Yeah, I agree about the updates. I absolutely love Stellaris, but every time I came back to it I had to relearn it. Gotta be honest about Imperator too, as I wanted to play it a few weeks ago and then decided not to because I didn't feel like relearning it. I know we could lock the version in Steam, but... the "fear of missing out" is a real thing.

On the other hand I can't really complain as I always end up enjoying the new experience and the variety it offers. So it's a double edged sword. However I do think they need to seriously reconsider their practices and be more stable as right now it makes them look like they don't really know what they are doing and that's not ok for fully fledged and fully priced games. They should keep doing those changes but IMO gruped together and farther apart from each other.


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Quoting: denyasisI'm also a sucker for antquity, for me it's one of the more approachable historical eras because we learned about it in school growing up. Although, I'd be really interested in a non western setting, maybe ancient India or China, although i'd really have to invest in learning the game and the cultural terms and meanings. I struggled hard with that with CK2.
I really enjoy history, but it seems to me the reason we usually get so much about Rome and that period of time is because we know the most about it. Ancient India and China? Well for China, there was a long while where they became very isolationist and tried to stamp out their own history. India I feel has been conquered or fought over many times throughout history, and some of their ancient cultures have really only been dug up in the past 50-70 years or so. India's religious texts are rather interesting with odd flying machines and such in them.
Ha on that note, would be funny if someone made an RTS based on Ancient Aliens.
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