HoI4 DevDiary - Art and Achievements

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Hello, and welcome back to another Dev Diary for Battle for the Bosporus. We are coming up on the home stretch, and this week we are going to talk about the art, music and achievements for Battle for the Bosporus and the free update 1.10 Collie.

In my personal and entirely unbiased opinion, the art department has really outdone themselves in this expansion. See for yourself:

National Spirit Icons:


Design Companies:


Focus Icons:


After some feedback in last week's diary, we also changed some of the focus icons we have shown off for Yugoslavia:

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TUR portraits.png
BUL portraits.png

Some absolutely spectacular beards on display here.

As part of the free update, Edwin Barclay, President of Liberia, now has his own portrait:


Game finally literally playable.

The DLC also comes with a set of tech icons for the three new nations, plus some 3d art to go along with it. I quite like the Battlecruiser, the ex-German SMS Moltke, which will be a unique model for Turkey.








And finally, we have the addition of Camels to our long lineup of tools with which to wage war. While we showed off Camelry as a unit for Turkey, it is also available for a number of other countries that historically operated Camel units during the game’s timeframe, such as the British garrison in Somalia or the French colonial forces.


Turns out NATO doesn’t seem to have a proper counter for Camelry (an oversight on our part, I’m sure), so we made our own.


The DLC also includes three new music tracks. You can listen to one of them (“Final Frontier”) here:

As a little treat for you, we also have the Loading Screen for Battle for the Bosporus in all its glory to use as a Wallpaper:



I’m glad we finally have some cat representation in the game.


Finnish him: As Finland, defeat the Soviet Union without joining a faction

I captured the Bosphorus and all I got was this lousy achievement: As Greece or Bulgaria, own both sides of the Bosporus. As Turkey, subjugate both Greece & Bulgaria.

Istanbul is Constantinople. Again.: As Greece, capture Istanbul and rename it to Constantinople.

Peter’s Pride: As Peter II of Yugoslavia, overthrow your uncle and become King.

This is Madness!: As Greece, fulfill the Megali Idea and then form Greater Greece.

Nobody’s Business but the Turks: Restore the Ottoman Sultanate.

House of Kurds: As Kurdistan, hold all of your cores.

Hellenic Civility: Win the Greek Civil War before 1937.

Hoofin’ It: Unite Arabia with thirty camelry divisions.

We’re Putting the Band Back Together: As Turkey, be in a faction with Germany and Austria-Hungary.

Dracula’s Revenge: As Yugoslavia, establish the autonomous region of Transylvania and have it own all Romanian cores.

Prussia of the Balkans: As Bulgaria capitulate Turkey while also controlling the rest of the Balkans, including Greece.

Balkan Problem Solved: As Communist Bulgaria, form the United Balkan Federation and own all Balkan states as cores.

Bad Romeance: Restore Byzantium and have Italy, Romania, and Russia as subjects.

Totally Not Cool, Bromania: As Romania, change sides in the war and capitulate a former ally.

Freedom or Death: As Greece, liberate Albania while being at war with Italy.

Now This is Getting Childish: As Yugoslavia or Bulgaria, be at war while both countries are ruled by a child.

Hardly Anything Sèvres: As the Ottoman Empire, hold the capitals of France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan.

One Nation Under Atatürk, Indivisible: As non-aligned Turkey, have zero negative state modifiers.

Master Puppeteer: As Bulgaria, complete the focus The Fate of the Balkans while having 5 or more Balkan puppets.

That’s all for today. See you next week with the full changelog and some info on a new experiment we are running to make the game more accessible.
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Portraits and icons look beautiful as always. Can't wait to hear more about the experiment. Hoping pre-order opens soon.
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I can already see myself getting frustrated by "Bad Romeance" and "Hardly Anything Sèvres".. but I'll definitely try to complete them! Looks good guys! :D
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Really nice art. These new focus icons are gorgeous, they’re like mini works of art in their own right.

Also pleasantly surprised by how many achievements there are going to be. And a lot of them seem actually reasonable achievable and not ridiculously hard (I tend to struggle with HoI4 achievements....)

My anticipation for this DLC keeps increasing.
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I captured the Bosphorus and all I got was this lousy achievement: As Greece or Bulgaria, own both sides of the Bosporus. As Turkey, subjugate both Greece & Bulgaria.
Is there something missing here?
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House of Kurds, clever name, I had a little laugh. I just freaking hope we'd get that Finnish tree when the Soviet/Polish/Italian tree/DLC comes out, since without any focus trees, it's close to impossible to get it as well as a lot more boring, compared to if you could do it with a focus tree without joining factions.
Mh... i like the Central Powers achievement, but two questions: Why did you choose Wilhelm III and not Wilhelm II for the picutre? And second: Why not include glorious Bulgaria?!
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Very nice to see this roll-up. I normally have to load up the pre and post patch versions of the game to see the new stuff.

Still no Enfield No. 1 MKIII or Ju52 artwork.... game is still broken.
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