East vs. West Explains Cold War Hearts of Iron

Paradox’s next Hearts Of Iron game is going to be called East vs. West. As the name suggests, it takes a long hard look at that point in history when East and West peered at each other through expensive binoculars and fondled both over-engineered tanks and over-proliferated nuclear weapons. The game allows players to players to take control of a nation and guide them through that tricky period, with the inevitable counter-factual possibilities of starting World War III when you actually just wanted to store your missiles on a lovely hot tropical Caribbean island.

This is the first developer diary in a new series, with the devs talking about the scope of the new game, and how the Hearts Of Iron model fits a Cold War scenario.


  1. Renfield says:

    A historical war game where you bring your own war! Quite clever, and promising.

  2. Iridic says:

    I demand save file conversions from Crusader Kings 2! Dukes with nukes!

    • Chandos says:

      And plotting to murder the first lady!

    • Iridic says:

      Count Henry “Priest-Hater” of Litchfield (House of Kissinger)
      Chancellor of American Empire
      Diplomacy 19, Martial 4, Stewardship 7, Intrigue 11, Learning 12
      Intricate Webweaver; Impaler, Deceitful, Cynical, Diligent, Shy

  3. Dana says:

    Hopefully it will be more noob friendly. Even though I’m EU vet, HoI still scares the fuck out of me.

    • Maltose says:

      Same here. I’ve played the stuffing out of EU3, CK, CK2, Vicky 2, and even some HoI2, but I just can’t wrap my head around HoI3. I’ve always wanted to play out the Spanish Civil War. :/

  4. Zwebbie says:

    I like how that chap sits in front of a fake library with perspective issues. It’s a very shabby kind of classy.

    • Ross Angus says:

      Wait, if the books aren’t real, perhaps the war isn’t too.