HOI4 Dev Diary - New year update

HOI4 Dev Diary - New year update

  • Crusader Kings III Available Now!

    The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.


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  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Battle for Bosporus
  • Stellaris: Federations
  • Hearts of Iron IV: La Resistance
  • Stellaris: Lithoids
  • Stellaris: Ancient Relics
  • Stellaris: Distant Stars
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Stellaris: Apocalypse
  • Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Stellaris: Digital Anniversary Edition
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Colonel
  • Stellaris
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • Europa Universalis III: Collection
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Divine Wind
  • For the Motherland
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Stellaris: Megacorp
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • Hearts of Iron III Collection
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Semper Fi
  • Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn
  • Stellaris - Path to Destruction bundle
  • Crusader Kings II
I'd rather pay money for a new, good Japan focus tree than an incredibly good focus tree for Mongolia. Most people don't even play these small countries anyway, so it's definitely puzzling to me that some of these big majors, especially Japan with its extremely barebones and disappointing focus tree get neglected.

We're in a paradoxical situation where these small and marginal countries are getting new content which is mostly really high quality, while the countries with the most replayability and most potential for epic scope tend to have content that is mediocre at best in comparison.

Here's hoping they can make a USSR and Italy rework that rivals the best focus trees we have seen yet like that of Portugal, Bulgaria, Turkey..
My hypothesis here which I've stated before is that nations which are important to the war have a lot of intrinsic value to the experience of playing them due to playing through the things they did historically. You almost always are doing something with a major and most players know the (general) historical context of the majors during the time period. Most minors don't have this. To make up for it, they have to make more in-depth detailed focuses with decisions and "mini-games" to keep the player engaged and to generate reasons to justify those minors becoming world powers all of a sudden over a few years.
 
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My hypothesis here which I've stated before is that nations which are important to the war have a lot of intrinsic value to the experience of playing them due to playing through the things they did historically. You almost always are doing something with a major and most players know the (general) historical context of the majors during the time period. Most minors don't have this. To make up for it, they have to make more in-depth detailed focuses with decisions and "mini-games" to keep the player engaged and to generate reasons to justify those minors becoming world powers all of a sudden over a few years.
I agree with you. Majors don’t need elaborate focus trees and political mini games that Minors are getting treated to these days because the majors are able to fully utilize all the game mechanics. Japan would benefit more from expanded land combat and supply than it would from an extra branch on its focus tree. Most minors the game is pretty much navigating your political situation to actually be able to participate in WW2 and then railroading your limited production and research into making something that can actually meaningfully contribute to WW2. Portugal and Bulgaria may have better focus trees and mini games than Japan, but Japan is a much more fun game.
 
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