Paradox Interactive, the studio responsible for strategy classics like Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings, have acquired Surviving the Aftermath developer Iceflake Studios.
We'd say it's a match made in heaven, but technically it was made on Steam and Xbox One, where the two joined forces on the development of Surviving the Aftermath.
The move makes perfect sense and not just because of cooperation on Surviving the Aftermath. Namely, both studios share the love, nay, obsession with strategy games, so it's a win-win-win, where the last win represents fans of the genre.
"When we started our discussion with Paradox, we knew that we had a very like-minded approach. Our collaboration with Surviving the Aftermath has been excellent and showed how similar our approach to development is. So when Paradox suggested that we could become part of the family, we were thrilled” said Iceflake's studio manager and co-founder Lasse Liljedahl.
Liljedahl added that being a fan of Paradox's work certainly made the offer even more attractive, a sentiment echoed by Paradox.
Surviving the Aftermath is available in early access on PC and Xbox, and Paradox saw it as a perfect fit with their portfolio, where it will join such iconic franchises like Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, etc.
With the acquisition of Iceflake, the number of Paradox's internal studios has grown to nine, which bodes well for the future and certainly qualifies as great news for couch-grade generals and strategy lovers everywhere.
Paradox's COO Charlotta Nilsson said that the two's collaboration on Surviving the Aftermath has convinced them Iceflake are a natural fit for the Swedish studio.
We're undoubtedly excited for what the future holds, but for the time being - it's time to ensure we're Surviving the Aftermath.