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Steel Yourself: Hearts Of Iron IV's First Big Patch Out

The multideaths of King George

Paradox release some cracking games, but they often need a patch or two to start to shine. If you've been waiting for Hearts of Iron IV [official site] fixes, good news: Paradox today launched the first major patch for their new WW2 grand strategy game. Along with the usual bug fixes, crash fixes, and balance tweaks, update 1.1 gets stuck into improving the game's AI.

This also means we can start enjoying more of the weird fun patch notes Paradox's complex sims often bring, such as "King George V only dies once, now."

The full patch notes for update 1.1 (which is nicknamed Red Ball Express after a WW2 truck convoy system) are over here, but Paradox pick out the following highlights:

  • Command Group Postures: Your armies can now carry out orders Carefully, Balanced, or in a Rush.
  • New Template Design: An empty template for new division designs is now available in the edit division drop-down tab.
  • AI Production Priorities: Computer controlled opponents will have a greater emphasis on infantry and fighter production.
  • Making Friends: Computer controlled opponents will be more likely to grant military access to countries fighting a common enemy.
  • Boys From Brazil: Germany less likely to spam South America with justifications for war
  • Bug Fixes: Tweaks to warscore calculation, the peace process and King George V only dies once, now.

Ironeers, are these the sort of changes you've been hoping for? What else would you like from future patches? Heck, what would you like in the inevitable expansions?

Oh, also here is a new wee video inviting Lieutenant-Colonel Conny Hansen of the Swedish Armed Forces to have a go if he thinks he's hard enough. Playing as the USA, he has high hopes for securing victory in the Pacific before wading into Europe.

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