Paradox Purchases World Of Darkness, Vampire: The Masquerade Creator White Wolf Publishing
Paradox Interactive has announced the purchase of White Wolf Publishing and all related intellectual property. The all cash deal sees the transfer of World of Darkness, Vampire: The Masquerade, and other franchises from former owner CCP.
Paradox is known for complex “grand strategy games” like Europa Universalis, the amusing Magicka series, and the recent (and lauded) Cities: Skylines, among many others. White Wolf will be a subsidiary, and future titles will be published under that brand.
“Like Paradox’s games, White Wolf’s properties have dedicated, passionate communities,” said Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester. “While there are similarities in spirit, White Wolf’s IPs have very different themes than Paradox’s titles, and deserve their own brand and team. We have great respect for White Wolf’s gaming worlds and see big opportunities for their expansion in the future under our new subsidiary.”
While Paradox hasn’t confirmed what exactly we can expect next from White Wolf, a statement from the company indicates it will produce games “across relevant categories.” The team will be operated independently to pursue its projects in a variety of formats.
I’ve only dabbled with White Wolf’s franchises, and that was mostly due to the action-RPG World of Darkness games on PlayStation 2. I know there’s rich lore there, and if there’s a greater opportunity to experience it with Paradox owning (but not directly managing) the organization, I’m hopeful.