Paradox Interactive Announces Runemaster and Hearts of Iron IV

Paradox Interactive has announced two new titles – Runemaster and Hearts of Iron IV.

Runemaster is an RPG title based on Norse Mythology while Hearts of Iron IV is the latest entry in the studio’s original World War II strategy series.

In Runemaster players will fill the shoes of a champion that is tasked to lead his troops into combat. The game is going to feature a total of six unique worlds, each based on Norse mythology and will arranged so that every playthrough is unique.

“Creating an RPG is something new for Paradox Development Studio, and it’s been a dream project we’ve wanted to undertake for a long time now,” said Johan Andersson, Studio Manager at Paradox Development Studio. “We’re always playing RPGs in our spare time and discovering new things we love about them as a game genre; it was only natural that sooner or later we’d have to design our own. Runemaster is the result, and we know our fans will love it.”

Hearts of Iron IV will let players rewrite history as any nation in World War II. You can choose whatever country and play it out in the hopes of not getting crushed. In a recent statement, studio manager Johan Andersson said that this time around the game will not be that complex, compared to previous installments.

“It shouldn’t be a chore to play the game… we want the learning curve to be slightly easier,” said Johan Andersson. “Obviously, it won’t be as easy to pick up as Candy Crush, but that’s a good thing.”

“I don’t mean dumbing down the game, then you alienate your customer base,” he explained.

Hearts of Iron IV is slated to launch in “early 2015” on PC, Mac, and Linux. A release date for Runemaster is yet to be revealed. So, which one of these two newly announced titles draw your attention?