Another month and another developer diary from the team bringing you the next installment in the Hearts of Iron saga. I hope you will find it interesting and that you will come back for more next month.
Paradox Interactive has released a seven minute documentary video that goes over their development history, starting with Europa Universalis. From there, the team reveals how each game is connected, and how they try to improve upon their predecessors.
Of course, the video serves not only as a look back, but as a look forward as well. Runemaster is the company's upcoming RPG--a first for the studio. The video shows some new footage of the game in action, a procedurally-generated adventure that spans the six worlds of Norse myth.
Hearts of Iron was one of the first games Paradox made, and it's been, ho ho, close to its heart ever since. Having released three expansions for Hearts of Iron III, Paradox today finally announced Hearts of Iron IV. While the WW2 grand strategy series will still be complex as all heck, this time Paradox plans to make the learning curve less terrifying.
The Axis Minors Vehicle Pack contains 28 new skins for 12 vehicles to be used by the Axis Minor nations in World War II. Included in this pack are vehicles for Hungaria, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia. These range from the Italian designed Carro Veloce 33 through the Hungarian Turan I to late-war German Panther tanks.
The Italian Vehicle Pack contains 16 new vehicles for the Italian Army, Navy and Air Force. Included in this vehicle pack are iconic Italian tanks such as the Fiat-Ansaldo L6/40, the Macchi C.200 Saetta fighter and the CANT Z.1007 Alcione medium bomber. This unit pack also contains several naval units, including the Littorio class of fast battleships, the renowned Zara class heavy cruisers and the Navigatori class destroyers.