NEW YORK– March 30, 2010– Paradox Interactive has released the anticipated v1.4 patch for Hearts of Iron 3, fixing bugs and adjusting features to address fan concerns and feedback in the World War II strategy game. The update is available at all major digital retailers where Hearts of Iron 3 is on sale.
Paradox has also released a developer video interview detailing the contents of the patch and how the team went about designing the features: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHW8sIsm1ug
Major features of the patch include:
• AI has been improved in all areas, with special attention paid to cooperation with allies and production.
• Significant work has been done on optimization, and the game is now more than 30% faster than v1.1, and numerous interfaces are now much quicker to access, reducing lag.
• Land, air and naval units have been rebalanced to improve the overall game experience, and submarines are much more appealing units.
• Improvements have been made to the interface, adding a number of new tooltips and revising several map modes to give more information.
• More support for user modifications has been added, with many more commands exposed to LUA.
“With Hearts of Iron 3, I admit we bit off a little more than we could chew,” said Johan Andersson, Head of Development at Paradox Interactive.“We tried to be revolutionary rather than evolutionary, and while we will always strive for continued improvement, I think the lesson learnt from this project is that people prefer polish over attempts at breaking new ground. As with all of our releases, we will continue to update and improve gameplay for Hearts of Iron 3 long after the game has disappeared from retail shelves; however, this patch 1.4 is our final core patch, as it solves the game-breaking issues that were prevalent, and should address the major issues some fans experienced with the game.”
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About Hearts of Iron 3
The Hearts of Iron series has become renowned for being the biggest, most detailed and complete strategic game series on World War II ever made. Hearts of Iron 3 will follow that tradition closely while focusing on satisfying veteran players through a multitude of brand new features and systems, including a huge map with more than 14,000 land and sea provinces. Recent recognition includes Readers Choice for“Best PC Strategy game” at E3 and nominations in the same category at IGN and Gaming Excellence. Join the Hearts of Iron community on the forum or on Facebook.
About Paradox Interactive
Since 1999, Paradox Interactive has been a leading global developer and publisher of PC-based strategy games. World-renowned for its strategy catalog, the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe. Its steadily-growing portfolio includes originally developed titles such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis and the Hearts of Iron franchises, as well as publishing titles such as the Elven Legacy series, Mount&Blade and Majesty 2. Paradox stands poised to make an explosive entry onto consoles during 2010 with the release of Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West. For more information, please visit www.paradoxplaza.com and follow @pdxinteractive on Twitter.