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Paradox announce Magna Mundi cancellation, "lack of trust" with developer
Posted: 27.06.2012 13:25 by Simon Priest Comments: 6
Paradox Interactive has announced Magna Mundi has been cancelled as a project after a "lack of progress" led to a "lack of trust" with developer Universo Virtual, who are 'not part of it anymore'.

Executive Producer Mattias Lilja also revealed there was "internal strife" within the Magna Mundi team, with devs reporting UV "lacks active leadership" with staff 'silenced' by bosses.

Magna Mundi began life as an extensive mod for Europa Universalis III but had been given a shot to become a full standalone release, however trouble brewed.

"It will not see the light of day under the current set up: Universo Virtual (UV) will not be part of this project any more," posted Mattias Lilja from Paradox. The modding team behind Magna Mundi had contracted their services to developer Universo Virtual who was to help get everything together.

The mod's creators and contributors have since "terminated our contracts with Universo Virtual since we were only ever interested in the fate of Magna Mundi." Lilja gave three reasons for why Paradox decided to pull the plug:

- Lack of progress; we have seen this project drag on and the code we have gotten has not shown significant improvement for many months. Some old and known problems persists and new ones appear with each delivery.

- Lack of trust; the leadership of UV has given a sunshine version of the project to Paradox and reacted with irritation and anger when we have pointed out obvious problems with the deliveries. It has come to a point where they claim the project is done, and the game is ready for release despite the many critical issues found and reported on our end.

- Internal strife within the MM team; we have gotten information from members within the MM team desperate to save the project whom report to us that the project lacks active leadership. Key personnel in the project see what Paradox sees but instead gets silenced by the UV leadership.


The Magna Mundi team still hope that Paradox will one day resurrect the project.

"We do not know what the future holds. We feel that it takes honesty, openness, and trust to ever build anything worth doing like Magna Mundi. Should Paradox see fit to continue the game in any form, we would gladly offer our services. That is, after all, what we wanted, and still want: to see the fruits of our collective labor," read a joint statement.

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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 27, 2012
herodotus
What a shame. This looked so promising too. Ubisoft, had they been the Publisher probably would have gone ahead and put it on the shelves no matter what state it was in, so at least we have PI to thank for doing this. Might make up for the terrible state "King's Crusade" was released in, and stays in.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jun 27, 2012
SirRoderick
Awwwww...that one hurts :/
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 27, 2012
herodotus
As a consolatrion of sorts Roderick, you could download the "A Game of Thrones" Total Conversion Mod for "CK II".
http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?610007-Mod-A-Game-of-Thrones
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jun 27, 2012
SirRoderick
THAT THING IS PLAYABLE NOW?!

GIVE IT TO ME!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 27, 2012
herodotus
It' still technically in beta, but two Campaigns are fully playable - just no Wildlings yet.
Here it is:
http://www.mediafire.com/?od3olfikqbdr2i6
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jun 27, 2012
SirRoderick
*feels all warm and fuzzy now* :3