Hearts of Iron 4’s newest expansion is out now, and the base game is free

By Joe Robinson 25 Feb 2020 0

The latest expansion for Hearts of Iron 4 has finally been released. La Resistance focuses on many aspects of the game around Intelligence gathering, espionage, and also gives love to the Iberian peninsula through new focus trees for Spain and Portugal.

We’ll be dropping out review of that pack later today, but for now we wanted to highlight that the base game is currently free-to-play on Steam for the next five days. The vanilla Hearts of Iron 4 experience is actually pretty robust, and now includes the stuff that’s been added for the most recent update, 1.9 ‘Husky’. You can read the full change-log on the forums, but here are the highlights:

  • Revamped Resistance system with offmap garrisons
  • Added zooming feature for focus trees
  • Added search functionality and filters for focus trees
  • New recon support companies
  • Neutral ideology can now be externally boosted
  • MEFO bills will now auto-renew and player can decide ahead of time if they want to opt out
  • New mapmodes for resistance & Compliance
  • Licensing now requires permission to be seen
  • New Spanish Fragmentation game rule, Spain Fragmented: Galicia, the Basque Country, and Catalonia will exist as independent states at game start
  • New Spanish Fragmentation game rule, 11th of November: splits Spain into Castille, Aragon, Navarra, Galicia, and the Emirate of Granada at game start.
  • New Oceania Colonization Status game rule, Oceania Decolonised: all releasable nations in Oceania will be independent at game start
  • New Oceania Colonization Status game rule, Polynesian Empire: all Polynesian nations will be united into a single state at game start with extra factories and dockyards.
  • New country tags in Oceania: Tahiti, the Mariana Federation, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, and Hawai’i.
  • Error dog has a new change of clothes

It’s a fairly modest patch for new features, especially if you compare it to what La Resistance itself adds in terms of new content and mechanics:

  • New national focus tree for France
  • New national focus tree for Spain
  • New national focus tree for Portugal
  • Espionage Agency & Code Cracking
  • Operatives that can perform missions and operations
  • Scout planes
  • Armored Cars + special recon company
  • Collaboration Governments
  • New Intel system and Intel Ledger

So you won’t get to play around with the new Intel system and creating your own spy agencies and neither will you be able to explore the new Focus tress fully. It’s worth bearing in mind that there’s always a base-tree that’ll be accessible, which also have had a revamp. Still, the new resistance and garrison mechanics are included for free, which will make long-term occupations a more interesting point of interaction.

The patch-notes also show that a lot of attention has gone into balancing, bug-fixing, as well as extensive mod-support, so the added quality of life is pretty significant. If you're yet to be sold on Hearts of Iron 4, now's a great time to jump in and give it a try. If you like what you see, there's also a big sales event happeningon Steam and the Paradox Store for HoI4's other expansions.

Hearts of Iron 4 has always done a better job at balancing free-mechanics vs. premium content vs. other PDS titles. We’ll wait for our full review to tell you more, but it’s already looking like this expansion is going to be pretty interesting, but not in a way that means your experience will suffer if you don’t buy it.

Hearts of Iron IV: La Resistance is out now on Steam and via the Paradox Store.

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