Imperator: Rome official artwork and logo

[Update]: Paradox has slowly begun fixing Europa Universalis IV's disastrous Leviathan expansion.

When Imperator: Rome first released it was met with a very lukewarm reception thanks to its numerous bugs and half-baked features. However, thanks to a series of increasingly better and better updates, these days Imperator: Rome is a pretty solid game and an excellent addition to Paradox's grand strategy roster.

Unfortunately, this is where I have to bring in some bad news. In an effort to bolster their other development teams Paradox has pulled the majority of people from Imperator: Rome and essentially put the whole game on pause. So while they are currently working on regrowing the team and continuing development, Imperator: Rome will likely remain as it is for a long period of time.

"The reason for this is that on a regular basis we analyze the projects we have in development, where they are at, what they are trying to do and also what people and resources we have working on them," explains the brief update. "As part of this analysis we realized that there was a need to bring reinforcement for a couple of the projects at PDS, and given where Imperator was at in the run up to 2.0’s launch, we decided that after the launch of the update we would move people from Imperator to these other projects."

"I wanted to break the news now to manage everyone’s expectations: don’t expect much Imperator news at PDXCON, or any new content coming out in 2021. We’ll of course get back to everyone with news about it as long as we have something to share!"

While this move does sting a bit, I can definitely understand why Paradox is doing it. Europa Universalis IV's new Leviathan expansion is a complete mess and is currently one of the lowest rated DLCs they've ever put out, and all of it because of a seemingly rushed and messy development. So if the Imperator: Rome team can help things along and ensure Paradox's expansions release in a much better shape from this point forward, then the temporary sacrifice will be well worth it.

Whatever the future may bring, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read more about this decision over at the Paradox forums.