It was more than a decade before Paradox Interactive announced a follow-up (opens in new tab) to its epic 19th century strategy game Victoria 2, but it won’t be much more than a year before it releases from there: Paradox has released a new Victoria 3 (opens in new tab) Today’s trailer shows some gameplay and – most importantly – reveals that it will be coming to Steam on October 25th.
This is a big deal for Paradox fans, for whom Victoria 3 was a bit like Half-Life 3: a much-requested sequel that looked like it was never really going to happen. As with so many things on the internet, the long wait as a meme took on a life of its own, which Paradox embarked on with one meme contest (opens in new tab) shortly after the launch of Victoria 3.
That’s not the only big news from society simulators arriving today. We also have our first gameplay preview (opens in new tab) and while Victoria 3 is still a few months away from full release, calling our first impressions “promising” seems like a huge undercut.
“Victoria 3 is a breathtakingly ambitious simulation like never before,” wrote our previewer. “There are some places where the complexity of all the moving parts makes it awkward, especially when it comes to economy. But I could hardly bring myself to do anything else in the 10 days I could play it.”
And honestly, do you even really play a paradox sim if the complexity doesn’t get annoying at times?
Victoria 3 is available for pre-order now steam (opens in new tab) for $50/£42/€50 or slightly more for the Grand Edition, which includes various additional content, including the first expansion. If you pre-order any of the editions, you’ll also get a copy of the remastered Victoria 2 soundtrack, which is actually pretty cool as a pre-order bonus.
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