During PDXCon 2021, Paradox Interactive finally announced Victoria 3, the long-awaited new entry to the grand strategy franchise of games set in the 19th century at the height of the industrial revolution. The last game was Victoria 2, which was released 10 years ago back in 2010.
It is slated to launch for PC via Steam and the Paradox Store, as well as via Xbox Game Pass for PC. However, a release date has not been announced, which means that the game might not even release in 2021.
Here is an overview of the game, via Paradox Interactive’s official website:
The railroad and the telegraph. Steamships and the birth of flight. Mass conscription, emancipation and the campaign for women’s rights. The Victorian Age saw a world transformed by new technology, new philosophies and new ways of doing politics. This tumultuous century springs to new life in Victoria 3, a grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio.
After years of community requests and curiosity about the future of one of the company’s iconic games, Victoria 3 is instantly one of the most highly anticipated grand strategy games in Paradox’s history. Victoria 3 is a society simulator set in a time of great change. Track the needs and desires of national populations, each group with its own political and material preferences. Conservative factions may resist political reform as growing numbers of tradespeople and intellectuals push for a greater say in how the nation is run. Trade a wide range of goods on a global scale to make sure that needs are met at home because if people are hungry and disenfranchised, revolution beckons.
- Deep Societal Simulation – Cultural, economic and ideological divisions compete for power and resources in one of Paradox’s most detailed historical worlds.
- Tend Your National Garden – Nurture your population, educating it and preparing it for the future, guaranteeing their prosperity and improving their happiness.
- Wonders of the Industrial Age – Scientific and social progress give you the chance to improve the lives of your citizens.
- Sophisticated Economic System – Import goods to keep costs low, export goods to enrich your citizens, and then tax that wealth to advance your plans.
- Challenging Diplomacy – Maintain harmonious relations with your neighbours or provoke a crisis to grab valuable resources or force open new markets.
- Political Dealmaking – Manage competing interests in your government, opening up new reforms but risking revolution if key voices are not heard.
- Detailed and Living World – Cities grow and factories darken the landscape on a beautifully drawn map of the 19th-century globe. Play any of dozens of nations from 183 and try to claim your place in the sun.
In the meantime, check out the trailer below: