Hearts Of Iron IV Drops The Bomb (A New Patch)

Like Fred Durst and the Nazi war machine, Hearts of Iron IV [official site] patches keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’. Paradox today launched Patch 1.2, codenamed Sunflower, which focuses on improving the WW2 grand strategy game’s AI and user interface but also fiddles with balance and… history? That doesn’t seem safe.

Paradox will tell you these are the highlights of the patch:

  • Changes to how peace conferences are handled, based on a design by Steam user Neutrino
  • Hotjoin now available for multiplayer games, so you can connect to a match already in progress
  • Custom difficulty settings let you adjust the relative power of Germany, Italy, France and the Soviet Union
  • More nations can now be released as independent countries
  • Re-sync button added to address connection issues without rehosting the game
  • AI more likely to update templates, build nuclear reactors and cancel unnecessary production
  • AI less likely to risk encirclement, opt for a Communist France or throw everything at North Africa
  • Naval combat has been balanced to prevent light cruiser spam
  • Changes to national territorial cores (Portugal loses, Sinkiang gains)
  • A number of crashes caused by modding have been fixed
  • Submarines better at finding surface ships, worse at finding other subs

But do you believe everything Paradox tells you? Hit the full patch notes to find out what’s really going on. Think for yourselves, sheeple.

The full notes are where Paradox are hiding their meddling in history, their tweaks to the game’s database dictating the state of the world at various points. I don’t think they’re in Command & Conquer: Red Alert territory quite yet but I’ll just leave this link here okay now catch you later bye.


  1. Captain Joyless says:

    “But do you believe everything Paradox tells you? Hit the full patch notes to find out what’s really going on.”

    Hahahahahaha. No. Check the paradox forum a week after release to find out all the actual changes. Paradox patch notes are never complete and always omit major changes.

  2. spec10 says:

    hotjoin and resync button <- awesome!

  3. Velko says:

    “- Replaced english flag with american in launcher for language selector”


    • Fry says:

      Presumably you’ll be changing it to an Aussie flag in the next patch just for giggles.

      • Fry says:

        You’ll = they’ll


      • TheAngriestHobo says:

        The day the Aussies get control of the English language we’ll all be mcgillifuzzled, mate.


      • shde2e says:

        Don’t worry, there’s probably a mod to do that right now!

  4. damaki says:

    – Stopped dead Roosevelt from dying again, and pulling the current president into the grave with him. What is dead may never die!
    – Stopped zombie Chamberlain from coming back to sign Churchill’s resignation papers

    There is still some hidden fun!

    • shde2e says:

      Some other fun ones:
      “Germany is not backing down from declaring war on tiny Luxemburg just because it is so tiny that it does not prepare a full on invasion”

      “Fixed a truckload of spelin erors and tpyos”

      “Lots of localization fix. Some minor, some embarrasing”

      “Gotland is no longer considered a colony of Sweden. In the game…”

      ” Removed building from Menguko in 39 start to avoid the wrath of the errordog”

      “Returned Fehmarn to Germany, despite my Danish heart wanting to cling on to it forever!”

      “Cut down some 3d trees around Hannover and planteed some new ones in finland. Also cut down lots of trees in various parts of the world, global warming here we come!”

      “Removed lake Volta from the map”

      “Fixed Georgia generating arabian leaders”

      “Prevented Zombie Amelia from returning from the dead to fly around the globe and other related weirdness”

      “Faceless leaders should no longer be a thing in HOI4. Forwarded idea to Stellaris”

      “Moved all houses in Los Angeles to the province next door.”

      ” Game no longer suggests R’lyeh won’t give you a building permit”

      ” Fixed a bug where UK would hand out land they didn’t own in return for some old boats”

      “Glorious return of navy delete button”

      “Nuke count can no longer go so big it becomes negative”

  5. skeletortoise says:

    I thought ‘sunflower’ was a pretty great Highcastle reference (whether by Alice or Paradox was uncertain), but then I remembered it’s actually operation dandelion. Just finished reading a few weeks ago.

    • 2lab says:

      Sunflower was was a German operation to reinforce north Africa, I guess this bit of the patch is relevant:-

      AI less likely to … throw everything at North Africa.