On May 25th, Jason Citron, the CEO of Paradox Interactive, posted the below quiz on the Paradox Interactive forums. The questions are designed to give players an insight into their interests, and, hopefully, into their passion for games.

The audience of the television program Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? isn’t exactly an unbiased one, but even if they are biased it doesn’t matter. Why? Because reality TV shows are based on the idea of the audience playing along with the show’s host, who is also the show’s host. This is called “reality television”. It’s what happens when you get your friends together to play a board game, but instead of helping each other get closer to the goal, they are actually working against each other.

I love the classics, whether it’s the Star Wars trilogy, or The Lord of the Rings, or The Matrix trilogy, or any number of other films I’ve enjoyed over the years. They’re all great, and I’ve always wanted to see the original versions. That’s why I was so surprised to hear today that the movies based on my favorite novels are the 10 most pirated movies of all time.

Paradox Interactive CEO asks fans which classic Grand Strategy game they'd like to see remastered

On Twitter, Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, is polling fans to discover which classic grand strategy games they’d want to see remastered. Soon after, Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake Remastered, with four options: Hearts of Iron 2, Hearts of Iron 3, Europa Universalis 2, and Europa Universalis 3.

Hearts of Iron 3 is now in the lead, with 45.2 percent of the 633 votes cast in its favor. With 27.5 percent of the vote, its predecessor comes in second, indicating that there is more excitement for a possible remaster of the company’s earlier World War II titles.

Paradox Interactive CEO asks fans which classic Grand Strategy game they'd like to see remastered

Paradox Interactive CEO asks fans which classic Grand Strategy game they'd like to see remastered

However, rather than an indication that one or more remasters are on the way, this poll is most likely simply a fun way to engage with longstanding Paradox fans and younger players who may be interested in getting a taste of the company’s past.

Despite the fact that remastering older games has acquired a lot of momentum in the industry recently, the publisher has yet to do so. While the Legendary Editions of Mass Effect and Total War: Rome Remastered brought key games back into the limelight, Paradox has instead concentrated on expanding its core series with new entries and plenty of DLC.

Nonetheless, considering how complicated the four games can be, the idea of how you’d approach a possible remake of any of them is intriguing. A visual makeover seems obvious, but do you plan to follow Crusader Kings 3’s lead with UI enhancements, or would that degree of accessibility make the games seem too dissimilar?

Let us know what you’d anticipate from the remasters in the poll if they were to be released at some time in the future in the comments section below.

In other paradoxical news, a recent employee poll done by the unions Unionen and Sveriges Ingenjörer revealed allegations of gender discrimination and bullying among employees. The publisher has stated that it would hire a “external, impartial organization” to conduct a process audit and staff poll, which will help it determine how to make “impactful change” in the future.

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September 7, 2021 — Fredrik Wester (@TheWesterFront)

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