Now that players have had plenty of time to explore every nook and cranny of the 2010s Victoria II, Paradox Development Studio is ready to officially announce Victoria 3, a great strategy game coming soon to PC that entrusts players with managing their own society in the Victorian era of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Confirmed today at PDXCON 2021, Victoria 3 A “great” strategy game that in my experience means lots of statistics and menus that represent different aspects of economics, diplomacy and politics. Take a look at the screenshot below. If you find yourself admiring the details or developing a strong urge to click and keep track of all the stats, there’s a good chance this is the kind of game for you.
Here is a list of bullet point functions, straight from the official press release.
- Deep social simulation: Cultural, economic and ideological divisions compete for power and resources in one of the most detailed historical worlds of Paradox.
- Take care of your national garden: Take care of your people, train them and prepare them for the future, guarantee their prosperity and improve their happiness.
- Wonder of the industrial age: Scientific and social advances give you the opportunity to improve the lives of your citizens.
- Demanding economic system: Import goods to keep costs down, export goods to enrich your citizens, and then tax that wealth to advance your plans.
- Challenging diplomacy: Maintain harmonious relationships with your neighbors or provoke a crisis in order to acquire valuable resources or open up new markets.
- Political dealmaking: Manage competing interests in your government, initiate new reforms, but risk a revolution if key voices are not heard.
- Detailed and vivid world: Cities grow and factories darken the landscape on a beautifully drawn map of the 19th century globe. Play one of dozen of nations dating back to 1836 and try to claim your place in the sun.
Not really my cup of tea, but I know fans of the show who have waited forever for an announcement when Paradox went back and forth as to whether Victoria II deserves a sequel at all so it’s good to see players get more of what they love.