Victoria II expansion revealed, Heart of Darkness brings new colonization
Posted: 07.02.2013 15:23 by Simon Priest Comments: 6
Paradox Interactive is cranking up the industrial machine full steam as they announce Heart of Darkness for Victoria II. The team are expanding the issues surrounding colonization, like disputes.

There's also a new naval system with "greater detail in battles," like range of guns etc along with more ship types. We also get international crisis and a newspaper system to 'filter' out events.

Apparently the Great Powers will also be able to colonize areas previously inaccessible, which means there'll be a lot more Africa to cherry pick.

"Rapid industrialization and new technologies have made it possible for your growing power to push into lands once considered uninhabitable for “civilized” men," reads the Paradox press release. "The riches of Africa beckon you, as you explore new territories and exploit the wealth and people within. But a growing empire will eventually bump into another power with the same ambitions, and a savvy smaller state will know how to exploit the conquerors’ greed and pride."

"Heart of Darkness", as its name suggests, focuses on the Scramble for Africa, the late 19th century rush for newly discovered wealth and land in a continent whose interior had been mostly free from European domination."

International Crises are the new diplomatic events where rival empires can seek out Great Power mediation to settle an issue, which can of course be manipulated by the minor powers if played right.

Heart of Darkness highlights:

? Experience a brand new colonization system
Use your navy to expand your empire, compete against other colonial powers and struggle to maintain your overseas control. Colonial conflicts can spiral out of control and become international crises where they will have to be decided by diplomatic negotiations or risk costly wars.

? Battle your enemies in the new naval combat system
Together with the new colonization system, your navies are more important than ever. We have revamped the entire naval combat system and made it much more detailed and exciting with a new system of gun ranges and maneuvering into positions for battles. New powerful battleships join the other classes of ships to bridge the gap to Dreadnoughts.

? Prepare for International Crises
Around the world international crises continually call on the Great Powers to mediate and compromise, with war always being the last resort. As one of the lesser powers, use your influence to stir up the local flash points so you can use fleet footed diplomacy to get the Great Powers to right the wrongs that have been committed against your nation!

? Follow the global events with the new newspaper system
You will receive reports on local and global events as well as the world's changing situation to keep up to date and get a greater sense of immersion. Over 60 newspapers, both historic and otherwise, periodically present you with the latest news reports of war, major events, royal gossip and other matters of interest.

Victoria II: Heart of Darkness releases on PC in March 2013.

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By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 07, 2013
I like pretty much everything in there! The naval system especially could do with both more depth and added significance.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Feb 07, 2013
"Heart of Darkness" -> colonizing Africa...
...Quick, somebody sue them!
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 07, 2013
I'd almost expect them to be at this rate :P
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 07, 2013
Looks like it might be as necessary a purchase as "Divine Wind", with so many changes. The newspaper system I can do without, as being a long time Aegod Games player I always wished the damned things away. They seemed to break the flow of the game.
Anything that adds to naval combat I'm down with.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Feb 07, 2013
Yea, this will be a must buy, I'll probably wait for the first sale though since these Paradox addons are usually priced too high for my liking.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 07, 2013
I think they're priced far better than most DLC's (take "Anno 2070" for instance), yet being niche titles and have appealing to a smaller audience I think they appear to be over-priced...until you get into the guts of them.
I'll await a sale though as well, as I do with all DLC.