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Learn Civics with the Educational Version of Cities: Skylines

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Paradox Interactive announced a partnership with TeacherGaming to launch a special educational version of Cities: Skylines. Cities: Skylines – Education Edition is designed for teachers to use in their classrooms as part of TeacherGaming’s subscription service.

“Transitioning our games into teaching tools that make learning fun and interactive is something near and dear to our hearts at Paradox,” said Shams Jorjani, VP of Business Development at Paradox Interactive. “We chose TeacherGaming to help structure our games for the classroom, because this is a new field for us and they have the right experience and knowledge to do it right.”

Cities: Skylines is the heir apparent to the SimCity builder series. It originally launched on PC in 2015 before coming to consoles last year. It’s been hailed as the definitive city builder sim, and Paradox have released numerous expansion packs since release. The most recent, Parklife, released earlier this year and added national parks and zoos.

Cities: Skylines – Education Edition includes eight custom lesson plans. Each scenario covers different relevant topics, such as government, engineering, and budgeting. The educational version also includes student progress tracking and in-game tutorials.

“Paradox Interactive titles turn niche topics like civics and serious history into unexpectedly entertaining experiences that educators will fall head over heels for,” said Santeri Koivisto, TeacherGaming CEO. “Committing to such an unconventional portfolio means Paradox is combating prejudices about the very nature of video games, and that’s also what we have been out to do for the past six years. In that sense, and many others, this partnership is a perfect fit.”

TeacherGaming offers both individual gaming licences as well as an all-in-one subscription service. Each game, including Kerbal Space Program, Universe Sandbox, and Epistory, offers multiple lesson plans tailored to classroom learning. The company was founded in 2011 in Finland by gaming educators. Their most successful program was MinecraftEdu, which has since been purchased by Microsoft.

Cities: Skylines – Education Edition is available now in the TeacherGaming Store.

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Rome, Planetfall, and Board Games: All the News from PDXCON 2018

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Over the weekend publisher and developer Paradox Interactive hosted their annual PDXCON event in Stockholm, Sweden. Like Blizzard’s BlizzCon, PDXCON celebrates everything about the prolific publisher, including panels, discussions, tournaments, parties, and new game announcements.

Paradox have successfully carved out a niche with their massive grand strategy PC games, such as Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis.

We’ve compiled the biggest headlines from PDXCON 2018 below.

 

Imperator: Rome

Release: 2019

The biggest announcement was an all-new game, Imperator: Rome. Like many of their titles, Imperator: Rome is a Grand Strategy game, meaning its meant to emulate history through real-time strategy. With Rome it focuses on the rich history of the Roman Empire. Though you’re free to rule it however you see fit, creating an entirely different era for Rome. It promises the most detailed Paradox map ever.

 

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Release: 2019

Last year Paradox acquired Age of Wonders developer Triumph Studios. Now we see what Triumph has been working on since the 2014 release of Age of Wonders III – Age of Wonders: Planetfall. It will feature a single-player campaign and multiplayer, as well as a random map generator. It’s also coming to consoles, though without any officially confirmed consoles yet.

“We’re thrilled to finally announce our latest endeavor alongside Paradox,” said Lennart Sas, Triumph Studios CEO. “Age of Wonders: Planetfall is roughly three years into development, running on a new generation of our multi-platform Creator Engine. While the setting is new, we’re confident that Age of Wonders fans will feel right at home exploring the remnants of the Star Union. Our aim is to make a game that greatly expands upon its predecessors, and still employs the core principles that made Age of Wonders such a success.”

 

Stellaris: Distant Stars

Release: May 22, 2018

The latest Story Pack for sci-fi grand strategy game Stellaris will be launching tomorrow. It’s called Distant Stars, and adds a mysterious new constellation outside of the existing galaxy. It also adds new anomalies, solar systems, and gargantuan space creatures.

 

Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns

Release: TBA

Man the Guns is a new naval-themed expansion to World War II strategy game Hearts of Iron IV. It adds the ability to design your own warships with a modular design. Details are sparse and no release date has been given, but a large free update to Hearts of Iron IV will release at the same time.

 

Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury

Release: 2018

Crusader Kings II is six years old and still going strong, thanks in large part to Paradox’s dedication to post-launch updates and DLC. Holy Fury is the newest expansion to the medieval grand strategy game. It focuses on the holy wars and crusades between Catholics and Pagans. Canonize the faithful, engage in religious wars, join a warrior lodge, and pass on the legendary bloodlines of infamous conquerors and warlords.

Holy Fury is coming later this year. Like Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns, it will be accompanied by a major free update for Crusader Kings II.

 

Europa Universalis IV: Dharma

Release: TBA

Yet another new expansion from the expansion-loving company, Dharma adds a lot of new content and features to India in Europa Universalis IV. A free update will include a reworked policy system. But Dharma will add even more bonuses, as well as new Indian Missions and Estates.

 

Board Games

Release: 2018-2019

I saved the most exciting news for last. In a surprise announcement (and humorous video) Paradox Interactive announced a slew of licensed board games based on many of their beloved games, including Crusader Kings and Cities: Skylines.

The first board game, Crusader Kings, has already tripled its funding goal on Kickstarter in a single day. It has a tentative release date of November 2018.

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Cities: Skylines Celebrates 5 Million Sold with Ties to Surviving Mars

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SimCity-like management game Cities: Skylines is turning three years old this weekend. Publisher Paradox Interactive is celebrating with some in-game goodies, as they all also reveal hitting the five million copies sold milestone.

Cities: Skylines players will be able to enjoy a new Rocket City building called Xchirp Launcher as well as a new radio station called Official Mars Radio. Starting this Friday, March 9, the radio station will play space-themed electronica.

While these goodies are meant to celebrate the three year and five million sold milestones, they’re really advertising Paradox’s upcoming game release, Surviving Mars, on March 15. Surviving Mars looks to take many of the winning concepts of Cities: Skylines into building habitable cities on the red planet.

Current owners of Cities: Skylines on Steam will get 10% off pre-orders for Surviving Mars.

Over the years Paradox and developer Colossal Order have released numerous paid and free DLC expansions and updates to Cities: Skylines. Over 1,000 new features have been added since launch, along with over 100,000 free mods via the Steam Workshop.

Next week will see the launch of the Content Creator Pack for the console versions of Cities: Skylines. This $9.99 DLC pack will include a number of new buildings and styles modeled by two talented members of the Cities community, Matt “Shroomblaze” Crux and Mauro “GCVos” Vos. The Content Creator Pack will be available March 13 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Cities: Skylines is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated E for Everyone. Surviving Mars launches March 15.