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Hearts Of Iron IV: Man The Guns rewrites history today

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There’s a new Hearts
Of Iron IV expansion out today, and this one goes ham on
the history books. While Paradox’s grand strategy series has
always played a bit fast and loose with real history, the Man
The Guns expansion pairs a slew of naval warfare upgrades
with some wildly divergent histories. The British Empire
could re-establish monarchic power, or decolonise decades
early, while America can hurl itself into a second civil war
in pursuit of reforms. Of course, this being a Paradox game
there’s a shipload of free naval changes coming in a free
update for owners of the base game. A trailer sets sail
below.

For those taking the plunge on the new expansion, Man The
Guns seems split in half. First, we’ve got amphibious
landings, naval treaties, shipping route controls and naval
mines bulking out the strategic depth of all things watery.
That should change the moment-to-moment play, but the
campaign side of Man The Guns is what fascinates me, with
alternate timelines open for both America and Britain. Seeing
the British empire grasp for absolute world dominance once
more is intriguing, and thanks to one of the new features, it
looks like you can force an AI-controlled empire to take that
route.

Of course, this being a Paradox expansion, everyone gets
goodies – so many that
their change-log was too large to post on Steam,
apparently. Even without naval mines and some higher-end sea
stuff, everyone’s getting a major overhaul to ocean combat
and the logistics thereof. Vehicles now require fuel to run,
so if supply lines get cut off, ships, tanks and more just
stop moving. The seas now count as complex terrain, too, with
narrow fjords being easier to navigate for smaller, more
agile vessels. Admirals also now have their own skills and
personality traits. Between expansion and update, that’s a
lot of new plates to spin in a game I already found
dizzyingly complex. Perhaps I’m out of my depth.

Hearts Of Iron IV: Man The Guns is out now on Steam and Paradox Plaza for £15.49/€19.99/$19.99.
The 1.6 ‘Ironclad’ update is live now, and you can see the

full change list here.

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