Hearts of Iron IV vows to be "most authentic" WWII RTS

Paradox announces strategy game sequel and all-new fantasy RPG Runemaster; publisher also says it will bring "new and existing franchises" to Xbox One, PS4.

Today during the Paradox Interactive Convention in Miami, Paradox Interactive announced two new games: strategy sequel Hearts of Iron IV and an all-new fantasy RPG called Runemaster.

Hearts of Iron IV, like its predecessors, is set during World War II. Paradox described the game as the "most authentic real-time simulation of World War II to date." To that end, the game will feature "authentic" historical figures battling on land, sea, and air. Period-accurate armies, vehicles, and weapons will also be included.

As for Runemaster, this all-new fantasy RPG represents a significant departure from Paradox's usual historical strategy offerings. The game is based on Norse mythology and features an open world and procedurally generated terrain.

“Creating an RPG is something new for Paradox Development Studio, and it’s been a dream project we’ve wanted to undertake for a long time now,” Paradox Development Studio manager Johan Andersson said. “We’re always playing RPGs in our spare time and discovering new things we love about them as a game genre; it was only natural that sooner or later we’d have to design our own. Runemaster is the result, and we know our fans will love it.”

Also during the conference today, Paradox revealed that the average user playtime for strategy game Europa Universalis IV is 190 hours (out of over 300,000 copies sold). Finally, the publisher teased that it is planning to release "new and existing franchises" on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

GameSpot has a team on the ground in Miami for the Paradox Interactive Convention. We'll have more content from the show in the time ahead.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

67 comments
alomoes
alomoes

Just so you know, this is a GRAND strategy rts.  Your given a map, pick a nation, and all of that nation is yours to control.  Then WW2 breaks out.  Seeing as WW2 was fought in fronts, paradox added automation of different aspects of the game in HOI3.  So this is NOT Command and Conquer.  NOT at all.  And I never played hoi 2, but I hope they make hoi 4 better than hoi 2.  

Triton
Triton

WWII global click fest RTS...

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Hearts of Iron IV will be great. its an awesome series!

Halloll
Halloll

so it is an RTS and not a hex TBS, right?

pyro1245
pyro1245

but how is the rts gameplay? I really need a good new rts.

csward
csward

Authenticity is great and all, but give me Command and Conquer Red Alert any day of the week. Mammoth tanks, Crono tanks, Tanya's, ect. Can't beat it.^^

pszone
pszone

well good for next gen but  I pass on this . Im very surprise that wasn't a lot strategy  last gen but this gen there be a lot .

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

Nice, but I didn't care for HoI 3 to much. HoI 2 was way better

daabulls23
daabulls23

I hope this rivals Company of Heroes. Competition is good!

Kjranu
Kjranu

What's with morons calling HoI 4 a FPS? Go back to your mancave and never come out of there. 

enoslives7
enoslives7

Sweet! Another WW2 FPS. I do hope they include zombies and teenie bopper vampires. It will be a generic crapfest to be remembered!!!

noandno
noandno

I still can't figure out how to play this game on PC and they're going to release the next game on a console?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Runemaster sounds nice and I like that it's a Scandinavian company doing a game based on Norse mythology.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

So days of slowly moving people through trenches to gain a hundred of so feet of land?


Yeah, authentic World War 2 sucks.

jack00
jack00

I would love to like Hearts of iron but I can'T get into it. I bought HI 2 a while ago and that game was too much for my little brain I guess. I really tried to understood how to play but when I lost my bismarck to a couple of destroyers I was pissed and just quit the game forever. How the fuck can they sink the bismarck with 3-4 destroyers!?!?

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Only 300,000 copies of Europa Universalis IV sold? WTF?!?

EUIV is way better than CIV 5, I would say it is in the same league as Shogun II and CIV 4 when it comes to strategy.

Go buy it now people!!!

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

A Norse-themed open world RPG?  You have my attention, Paradox.

mr_enlightened
mr_enlightened

Eddie throw that tomb raider news, that it runs at 30fps on X1 and 60fps on Ps4, DO IT

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

It better be, the third one kind of sucked.


I spent more time playing HOI 2 and its expansions than all the other games combined (except Civ III).

Smosh150
Smosh150

@daabulls23 How will HOI IV rival COH? The two games are totally different with the exclusion of them both taking place during WW II and and being in a genre that has the word strategy in it, imo the only game that holds competition to COH is the Men of War series. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@enoslives7 It's not an FPS. It's a TBS, kid. See this is why this site just shouldn't even bother with PC. We have our pcgamer site, we'll just come here for trolling.

gregojose13
gregojose13

@enoslives7  "most authentic real-time simulation of World War II to date.""
yeah, another fps...

jack00
jack00

@enoslives7 If that guy only knew how big of an idiot he just made himself...

Robboninja
Robboninja

@noandno Watch a 'tutorial let's play' of a country you really want to play and for your first play through do everything they do and watch the effects those actions have, at some point you will probably just start doing your own thing, then you will naturally restart you're own game when you feel you know what's going on. Beware though, once you learn the paradox games, countless hours of your life will drift in the abyss. :)

xxxDirtyJoexxx
xxxDirtyJoexxx

@noandno Ye it's quite tough to get in to, try watching Youtube videos of people explaining the game, took me about 4 hours of videos to finally figure everything out.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

@Thanatos2kI think you got your World Wars confused, WW1 is known for its trench warfare, in the Western Front at least. Austro-Prussian versus Czarist Russia is quite mobile. ( But most people only think WW1 happened on the Western Front).

While WW2 does have its trench moments, mobile warfare is the main case in both European/North African and Asian theaters

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Thanatos2k Yea, that's World War 1 buddy. I'm just going to leave, I can't deal with the intelligence here. There weren't trenches used in the vast majority of WW2 - they built them in Normandy for defensive use, and they were used on the Eastern and Southern and African, and Pacific fronts for defense, but tanks and SMGs kind of countered them immediately.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@jack00 

superior naval doctrine...

Try the Darkest Hour mod - its made by the Devs. They just released patch 1.03 It's a phenomenal refinement to the HOI series.  Its on Steam for $ 10.00

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Grimkillah It is admittedly way better, but also has a steep learning curve. I wanted really badly to get in to EU Rome but I gave up within like 8 minutes because it takes some actual effort and I didn't have the time. As far as actual diplomacy and all that, it's way more complex than TW, but at the cost of being harder to play.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@GrimkillahIt's a good game but diffcult to get into specially if you are new to the genre.

Robboninja
Robboninja

@Grenadeh It's not a TBS either "kid". It's pause-able real-time. If you want to troll, maybe get your faculties in order before you stumble mindlessly onto the internet and regurgitate on some poor bloke who is a little lost and confused.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@bernard978 @Grenadeh Well now you have. It's forgivable because there are 8 shabillion games on PC so you can't know all of them.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@bernard978 @Grenadeh go to STEAm and look it up. its a strategy  WW2 game. Its pretty massive.

hystavito
hystavito

@Robboninja@GrenadehI always thought it was turn based too.

I can see how calling it an RTS would confuse many people though.  These are not mainstream games, the way most people think of an RTS doesn't really fit well with games like this does it?  Not saying it doesn't match the definition since it is real time and strategic, it's just not what most people expect.  Maybe it would be better to describe as a real time grand strategy?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@unkulrico@Thanatos2kYou do know COD is a shooter that strives for "authenticity" right?  You should be the one heading to the COD forum if that's what you want in a game.


I'm a TF2 player.  I don't give a shit about authenticity.

unkulrico
unkulrico

@Thanatos2k  good thing this isn't a standing on one foot game eh? btw, cod forum is that way ---->