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Paradox Interactive Parts Ways With 'Civilization V' Designer Jon Shafer

by Rainier on Nov. 17, 2017 @ 9:26 a.m. PST

Earlier this year Paradox Interactive announced that Jon Shafer, designer of such strategy titles as Sid Meier’s Civilization V,  joined Paradox Development Studio to work on new projects but creative differences seem to have ended this collaboration prematurely.

In May this year Paradox Interactive announced it had hired award winning game developer Jon Shafer, to start a new project. Today Paradox and Shafer announced that they have decided to part ways due to creative differences. 

“Jon is an ambitious person with a lot of drive and passion and he has led some good discussions in our teams over the past few months”, said Mattias Lilja – Executive Vice President of Studios at Paradox Interactive. “However, during the course of these discussions, it has become clear that we want different things creatively and we have therefore taken the mutual decision that it is best to part ways. We wish Jon the very best in the next part of his career and would like to thank him for his efforts during his time with us”, he continued. 

A twelve-year veteran of game development, Shafer is best known as the lead designer for Civilization V, for which he won a BAFTA award, though his work also includes designing the Beyond the Sword and Warlords expansions for Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, and he is also currently developing At the Gates, a Kickstarter-funded strategy title of his own creation.

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