Civilization V Designer Jon Shafer Joins Paradox

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Jon Shafer, former lead designer of Civilization V, has joined the Paradox Development Studio as Game Director.

Before joining Paradox, Jon spent two years at Stardock Entertainment. Since 2012, Shafer has been running his own studio, Conifer Games, and working on At the Gates, an empire builder for PC and iOS devices.

According to, there are no details on the projects he will be working on at Paradox.

In a statement on the announcement, Johan Andersson, EVP of Creative Direction at Paradox Development Studio said, “Bringing Jon Shafer onto our team is exciting for all of us; there’s probably nobody here who hasn’t personally played and enjoyed his work. 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.”