Civ V Lead Designer Jon Shafer Joins Paradox Development Studio

Grand strategy games are Paradox Interactive’s bread and butter, and their expanding their in house development teams with a major new hire. Civilization V’s Lead Designer Jon Shafer is joining Paradox Development Studio, bringing an award winning developer into the fold to lead a new project.

Jon will head up a new team, taking on the title of Game Director, within Paradox Development Studio, adding a fifth team alongside those working on Hearts of Iron IV, Europa Universalis IV, Stellaris and Crusader Kings 2.


I’ve been a fan of Paradox’s games for years now, and moving onto the team behind some of my favorite titles is an exhilarating moment for me,” Jon Shafer said. “I’ve been drawn to strategy games for as long as I can remember, and it’s harder to find a better selection of rich strategy experiences than at Paradox. I look forward to working on the next big title in their catalog – stay tuned!”

While his project is yet to be announced – it’s literally at the point where he will be hiring and adding people to his team – this is no doubt a rather exciting and interesting announcement for those who dive deep into their grand strategy titles.

Johan Andersson, EVP of Creative Directionat Paradox Development Studio said, “Adding a new designer to our studio is always a significant challenge. Our fans have very high expectations for us based on the games they play – deep, complex titles with long-lasting, replayable experiences. I’ve known Jon for 15 years now, and I’m excited to have him join us. Jon has the expertise to create more of those experiences, and he shares our core design philosophies; we can’t wait to share his games with our fans.”

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