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For those who absolutely love their huge strategy games, Imperator: Rome from Paradox now has a release date and trailer.

It's going to officially release on April 25th, this will include same-day Linux support as it's a Paradox Development Studio title and their Linux support has been excellent in the past.

Imperator: Rome is the upcoming grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio. Set in the tumultuous centuries from Alexander’s Successor Empires in the East to the foundation of the Roman Empire, Imperator: Rome invites you to relive the pageantry and challenges of empire building in the classical era. 

Have a look at their brand new story trailer:

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As for what to truly expect from it, here's the main features:

  • Character Management: A living world of characters with varying skills and traits that will change over time. They will lead your nation, govern your provinces and command your armies and fleets. We also introduce our new, more human-like character art.
  • Diverse Populations: Citizens, freemen, tribesmen and slaves - each population with its own culture and religion. Whether they fill your armies, fill your coffers or fill your colonies, keep an eye on their happiness - your success depends on their satisfaction.
  • Battle Tactics: Choose your approach before battle to counter the stratagems of your foes.
  • Military Traditions: Each culture has a unique way of waging war. Romans and Celts have different options available to them. Unlock unique bonuses, abilities and units.
  • Different Government Types: Manage the senate in a Republic, hold your court together in a monarchy, answer to the clans in a tribal system.
  • Barbarians and Rebellions: Migrating barbarians may sack or settle your best land, while disloyal governors or generals can turn against you - taking their armies with them!
  • Trade: Goods provide bonuses to their home province. Will you take advantage of stockpiles for local strength or trade excess goods to spread the wealth around?
  • Provincial Improvement: Invest in buildings, roads and defences to make your kingdom stronger and richer.

I always love the idea of Paradox's grand strategy games, but I've found Stellaris so far to be the only one that has been a fit for me due to how accessible it is compared to their previous games. I am truly hoping Imperator: Rome is easier to get into, as a nice historical game like this would be great to properly try out.

Additionally, it's now open for pre-order for those that do such things. You can find it on GOG, Paradox Store and Steam.

For those after a good deal, there's also a new Humble Paradox Bundle 2019 with Magicka 2, Crusader Kings II, Age of Wonders III, Europa Universalis IV and more for Linux!

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Segata Sanshiro 5 February 2019 at 10:40 pm UTC
Ughhh just release Victoria III. Hint at it, give a release window. Anything. Still my favorite franchise of theirs, my favorite strategy game and possibly my favorite game. Even the second one feels super dated now and doesn't run on Linux reliably.

Been waiting years for it and at this point, anything else is just a tease.
Purple Library Guy 5 February 2019 at 11:12 pm UTC
Mountain ManWow, that trailer gives you absolutely no idea what the game will actually be like.
True enough. I guess strategy titles tend that way--a trailer that shows you clicking on a piece of terrain to build a road or an aqueduct just wouldn't pack a lot of punch drama-wise.
Hori 6 February 2019 at 12:06 am UTC
Hype, hype.

Paradox games are easily my favourite strategy games.

I have so many plans for this game. I think I was never before so exited about a game before its release.

Started playing Paradox games with CK2. Eventually I started wishing that they would make an alternative to Galactic Civilisations and something similar to CK2 but in the roman era. My dreams came true with Stellaris and soon with Imperator.
Hori 6 February 2019 at 12:10 am UTC
Purple Library Guy
Mountain ManWow, that trailer gives you absolutely no idea what the game will actually be like.
True enough. I guess strategy titles tend that way--a trailer that shows you clicking on a piece of terrain to build a road or an aqueduct just wouldn't pack a lot of punch drama-wise.
That and, well, it's kinda hard to showcase complex strategy games in a trailer. Without making it sound like a presentation, at least.
slaapliedje 6 February 2019 at 12:23 am UTC
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slaapliedjeMy understanding of it is this is before (timeline wise) all of them. You've got Imperator: Rome -> Crusader Kings II -> Europa Universalis -> Hearts of Iron -> Surviving Mars -> Stellaris.

Granted I don't know if Surviving Mars and Hearts of Iron is in that, but it sort of fits. My question is, are you going to be able to convert from Imperator all the way up to Stellaris at some point? I know they have one from Crusader Kings to Europa Universalis.

Surviving Mars is a completely different genre. It is more of a City Builder and not Grand Strategy. It is also originally not a Paradox Development Studio game but has been developed by Haemimont Games.

The order for the Grand Strategy games is:

I:R -> CK II -> EU4 -> Vic2 -> HoI4 -> (Stellaris)

Where Stellaris is not really a "continuation" as there is an obvious jump between it and HoI4
ha, yeah I was REALLY iffy on throwing Surviving Mars in there, but it kind of padded the time frame between HoI4 and Stellaris. Kind of forgotten about Victoria 2, because it is really old.
pcavalcanti 6 February 2019 at 1:16 am UTC
Mountain ManWow, that trailer gives you absolutely no idea what the game will actually be like.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see how Paradox is able to distinguish this game from Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis.

I had the same thought. It seems they put CK2, EU IV and Victoria 2 into one...

It's great that they support Linux and although I'm interested in this game I'll wait for 2 years before I buy it, that's how long it takes for a PDX game to mature and be at an interesting stage of development.
Mountain Man 6 February 2019 at 2:24 am UTC
Hori
Purple Library Guy
Mountain ManWow, that trailer gives you absolutely no idea what the game will actually be like.
True enough. I guess strategy titles tend that way--a trailer that shows you clicking on a piece of terrain to build a road or an aqueduct just wouldn't pack a lot of punch drama-wise.
That and, well, it's kinda hard to showcase complex strategy games in a trailer. Without making it sound like a presentation, at least.
Yeah, but the target audience for these kinds of deep strategy games wouldn't be turned off by the presentation approach.


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stretch611 6 February 2019 at 4:23 am UTC
HoriHype, hype.

Paradox games are easily my favourite strategy games.

I have so many plans for this game. I think I was never before so exited about a game before its release.

Started playing Paradox games with CK2. Eventually I started wishing that they would make an alternative to Galactic Civilisations and something similar to CK2 but in the roman era. My dreams came true with Stellaris and soon with Imperator.
Ahh...Galactic Civilizations... That brings back memories... What a wonderful OS/2 native game that was.
Patola 6 February 2019 at 7:09 am UTC
About Strategy games... What do you guys think of Cossacks 3? I never see it mentioned but it seems like a blend of Total War and Command and Conquer.
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