Paradox Development Studio has announced that Second World War strategy game, Hearts of Iron IV, has quietly sold over 500,000 copies since its global release in June, 2016.
This achievement follows bumper sales for the Swedish company’s other titles, most notably, Stellaris and Crusader Kings II.
Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, says that these recent successes are the result of the studio’s approach in focusing on high-quality PC strategy games targeted at specific audiences.
“The PC remains the primary platform for games of this nature. Even genres that have traditionally been seen as niche can find a large audience, if a developer is dedicated to quality, variety and learning from both previous experiences and the community at large.”
Hearts of Iron IV recently received its first major expansion, but this is just the start according to lead designer, Dan Lind, and improvements to the game will continue.
“As a result of this success we are able to take advantage of extra time to add tweaks and polish to the game. Our community has high standards, and we will work hard to live up to their expectations in the coming weeks and months. We really want Hearts of Iron to be the best it can be for our fans.”
The wider Paradox group can also count the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis and Magicka series among its recent hits, as well as Cities: Skylines, which was recently announced for rleease on Xbox One.