GDC Announcement: Hearts of Iron 3 in Beta-testing stage

GDC / SAN FRANCISCO– March 23rd 2009 - Paradox Interactive has closed the recruiting process for Beta Testers to play Hearts of Iron III, the long awaited third instalment of the World War II Strategy series set for release towards the end of 2009.

The Paradox team want to express their gratitude for the long time fans that is supporting and offering their help for the development of Hearts of Iron 3:

“We at Paradox were stunned by the response we got for the Beta testing, with over 10,000 people registering an interest in contributing. It made it one of the hardest selection process for Betas we have ever had, as there were just so many well qualified candidates to chose from.“ says Johan Andersson, Lead Developer on Hearts of Iron III.

Hearts of Iron III has now in the Beta stage of development. These last months has seen the team stabilizing the foundations of the AI, tightening up the rules and mechanics of the game, along with implementing brand new artwork and interface features.

With the Beta crew now in place the testing has already started and Hearts of Iron III is scheduled for release during the latter half of 2009.

“We have a keen an enthusiastic beta team in place who are already working hard to do their bit to make Hearts of Iron 3 the best game it can be.” Says Chris King, game designer for Hearts of Iron 3.

A game presentation from earlier this year in Stockholm is now available here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxu4-7Zo9OA

The third instalment in the critically acclaimed World War II strategy series, Hearts of Iron III will feature a plethora of brand new features to satisfy veteran and novice players alike, including a huge game map with more than 14,000 land and sea provinces.

At GDC, Johan Andersson, the Producer, will be on hand to demonstrate every aspect of the game. Hearts of Iron III is scheduled for release in Q3.

For preview copies and interviews– please contact: pr@paradoxplaza.com

The developers attending GDC from Paradox Interactive are:

Johan Andersson, Producer for Hearts of Iron 3

Alexey Kozyrev, Producer for Majesty 2

Web page http://www.majesty2.com

Maxim Bodrikov, Game Designer for Elven Legacy

Web page http://www.elven-legacy.com

Armagan Yavuz, Producer for Mount&Blade: Warband

Web page http://www.taleworlds.com

Kim Soares, Lead Designer for East India Company

Web page http://www.eic-game.com

Tom Soderlund, Executive Producer for Mezmer Games

Web page http://www.mezmergames.com

Between Tuesday and Friday, Paradox Interactive will be present at the San Francisco Marriott, located 1 block from the Moscone Convention Center, in meeting room Pacific A.

If you want to schedule last minute interviews. please drop by the meeting room.

About Paradox Interactive

Since 1999, Paradox Interactive has been a leading developer and publisher of PC-based strategy games. World-renowned for its strategy stable, the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe. Its steadily-growing portfolio includes original titles such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron franchises, as well as the best published titles like the Penumbra series, Supreme Ruler 2020, Mount&Blade, Elven Legacy and the greatly-anticipated Majesty 2– The Fantasy Kingdom Sim.

Read more: http://www.paradoxplaza.com


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