Hearts of Iron 3 DLC 'Dies Irae: Götterdämmerung' Developer Diary #1

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Hi, and welcome to the first developer diary for the Hearts of Iron 3 DLC ”Dies Irae: Götterdämmerung” which features among many other things a German campaign focus. With Dies Irae: Götterdämmerung, you will be able to play Germany and only Germany, but like you never played it before in an Hearts of Iron game.

In this diary, we will talk a little bit about the graphical side of the changes that DI:G brings to HoI3.

The interface and map:

With this DLC we wanted to give the game a different feel than the vanilla version, to make it more immersive. Whereas the vanilla HoI3 uses a few backgrounds to give the country specific feel in the game, we here, due to the Germany only form of the DLC, had the opportunity to go all the way and give the whole graphical interface a Germany WW2 era specific look. The interface has been changed to one of worn wood, worn paper, metal buttons and such, to give it a more “war time” and “being there” feel.

Another thing which adds to the Germany specific look of the game is the inclusion of the Kriegsmarine naval map being divided into squares. These squares have been accurately implemented (with minor artistic license where the HoI3 map required it), and are shown on the ocean on the game map. Furthermore the oceans have been made to represent the Kriegsmarine maps of the era with the jagged ocean depth colour indications.

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The brigades:

A major change to the game is the way brigade images are graphically represented. The idea is that one could represent the brigades with more than just a small black and white photo. Wouldn’t it be cool to see a soldier from the brigade? Perhaps have some info text about the brigade, explaining pros and cons? Well, this concept kept evolving, until we managed to implement a soldier portrait which changes clothes with technological advances, changes looks as experience is gained (filthy clothes, worn face) as well as medals awarded with increasing xp. I.e. a panzer brigade will eventually be awarded with wounded badge (black), then panzer assault badge, then wounded badge silver and so on up to knights cross with oak leaves. An infantry brigade will get the infantry assault badge instead of panzer assault badge, and likewise with other brigades. This system varies between land/naval/air to best represent the looks of these various arms.

The brigade representation allows you to follow your troops as time and war progresses, and to immerse you more into the development (or downfall) of your armies, i.e. seeing your 5th infantry brigade start out as young with spotless clothes, seeing them earn the iron cross 2nd class for the battle of Warsaw, getting more and more worn and dirty, ending up with the knights cross for battles during Barbarossa. Then see the once proud brigade again losing its’ decorated veterans as you are pushed back from Russia, ending up with green conscripts again. Ah the circle of life.

So, that was a quick look at the graphical changes of the Dies Irae: Götterdämmerung DLC coming for Hearts of Iron 3. In the next developer diary we will be telling you about a specific change we made to the mechanics of the game: the Operational Feature.


-Danevang and Devildread


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Pretty cool, like the sea squares, definitely a nice touch :)
 

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honestly, I had my doubts at the start of the paragraph, but it looks worth it if only for the graphical improvements (but it does seem a little odd all the German soldiers are the same guy ;) ). Will defs be looking into this.
 

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honestly, I had my doubts at the start of the paragraph, but it looks worth it if only for the graphical improvements (but it does seem a little odd all the German soldiers are the same guy ;) ). Will defs be looking into this.

Only land troops have this guy. Navy and air have their seperate ones. It's the way we had to do it in order to make the transforming faces possible.
 

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This certainly has some potential. If only you guys can up the difficulty.. Looking forward to more!

I second that. When's it's release?
 

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This certainly has some potential. If only you guys can up the difficulty.. Looking forward to more!

I second that. When's it's release?

I'm not entirely sure, it's up to Paradox. It shouldn't be too long though. :)
 

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This looks truly awesome. :) As you're working on the interface, could you please give some love to wide-screen users ? Just look at the screenshots you posted, so much wasted space which could be used (some mods try to improve that aspect of the game, maybe work with them?).

Looking forward the next dev diary. :)
 

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This looks truly awesome. :) As you're working on the interface, could you please give some love to wide-screen users ? Just look at the screenshots you posted, so much wasted space which could be used (some mods try to improve that aspect of the game, maybe work with them?).

Looking forward the next dev diary. :)

Well the DLC needs to be playable to as many as possible, so we're sticking to the standard HoI3 format. But clearly as it's HoI3 it's all moddable, so anyone can just move it about as they please. :)
 

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Well the DLC needs to be playable to as many as possible, so we're sticking to the standard HoI3 format. But clearly as it's HoI3 it's all moddable, so anyone can just move it about as they please. :)

Isn't it possible to include several interfaces corresponding to several resolutions ?
 

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I remember seeing the original thread about this, when it was just a mod idea... (and posting there too).

It's certainly looking very good!
 

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Isn't it possible to include several interfaces corresponding to several resolutions ?

Not to my knowledge. Anyway, the interface is done and will keep the standard HoI3 look. :)

I remember seeing the original thread about this, when it was just a mod idea...

It's certainly looking very good!

Thanks. The mod thread was really only about some of the ideas in this DLC. It's been much expanded and changed. Oh, and wait for the next dev diary about mechanics and such, then it'll be clear what I mean. :)
 

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Not to my knowledge. Anyway, the interface is done and will keep the standard HoI3 look. :)

Ok :)


Oh, and wait for the next dev diary about mechanics and such, then it'll be clear that the mod ideas were only a beginning of what we ended up doing in this DLC. :)

Can't wait ! :)
 

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Not to my knowledge. Anyway, the interface is done and will keep the standard HoI3 look. :)



Thanks. The mod thread was really only about some of the ideas in this DLC. It's been much expanded and changed. Oh, and wait for the next dev diary about mechanics and such, then it'll be clear what I mean. :)

Looking forward to it! I was already eager for it's release in the initial mod idea/form, can't wait for it now! :D
 

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Curious: Is this going to be compatible with 'Common Weapons' DLC?

May have to buy both.
 

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Curious: Is this going to be compatible with 'Common Weapons' DLC?

May have to buy both.

It will not be compatible with that, no.
 

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Wow, have i missed something? Read about that for the first time.... Screens look Stunning! Thumbs up!!!! Toes also!!!!!!!