Have you ever wanted a strategy game so in-depth and authentic that it'll likely drive you insane? Let me introduce you to Paradox. They love games that are outrageously complex, but that typically goes hand-in-hand with zero patience for acclimating new players to the experience. With each release, however, they do a little bit better. Better or not, it's going to be hard to ignore Hearts of Iron IV.
Today, in celebration of Gamescom, but not at Gamescom since Paradox isn't actually there, the development studio released the first in-engine look at Hearts of Iron IV. This World War II strategy game, err, I'm sorry -- grand strategy game, already is well known for it's gameplay systems. With Hearts of Iron IV, however, it may just become known for it's outstanding visuals as well.
See, the actual in-game footage shown in the footage is quite brief and alarmingly well cut into the old World War II footage. If one isn't paying attention, one might think it's a wholly CG or animated sequence of a map from the war days. I had to go back and rewatch the damned thing. It looks so good it could be a board game. With the addition of the user interface and statistics, as seen in the screenshots provided, it gets quite a bit more messy. Still...
There's just something about all those sexy borders. It's hard not to want to play it, even knowing it's may be well beyond my cognitive abilities. I'm getting too old for these games.
Hearts of Iron IV currently has no announced release window, but will be available as a digital PC release when it does finish up development.