Yesterday was a day for Paradox fans, a day when two Grand Strategy Games were announced to eager fans. The two games in question, Hearts of Iron IV (June 6th, or D-Day) and Stellaris ( May 9th, or Stellaris Day) have finally been given a hard release date. The 2016 Game Developers Conference, happening now, is an excellent jumping off point for tried and true games as well as new IPs and hype — and hype there was.
Releasing two massive GSGs within a month of each other seems almost cruel; it’s like Paradox doesn’t care about free time. Obviously, there is a lot that can be said about these upcoming games, but sometimes you need pure visual stimulus to get truly excited. First off, let’s take a look at Stellaris.
What a fantastic trailer. What about gameplay footage? Don’t worry, I’ve got you.
You really need to be excited about this game. Have I mentioned that before? Thank you, Paradox. Thank you…
So, you play Stellaris for a month straight. You’re eyes are gone, you can barely move from your chair, and you are pretty sure that you need to take a long shower. You look up at the calendar hanging above your computer and sigh — today is June 6th, a day that changed the course of the world forever. A day when beaches were stormed and the terrible destruction of WW2 looked closer to ending than ever before. Then you notice that Hearts of Iron IV is also coming out on June 6th and you weep for your soul…
Hearts of Iron IV is the quintessential World War II game for people that love supplies and details upon details. In HOIIV, you take the role of any country during the tumultuous years of the late 1930’s and into the 1940’s. The amount of options for military conquest, offense, and defensive operations can best be explained by those who have actually played the game. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy an hour of single player glory in HOIIV.
Let us know what you think about these two games in the comments below.