WW2 grand technique game Hearts of Iron IV has simply obtained a new enlargement – No Step Back – which brings about rather a lot of adjustments that thus far appear to raise the game to new heights. In one respect that is proving literal, as a result of the technique game has simply set a new concurrent player record, in accordance with SteamDB.
Hearts of Iron IV has achieved a new all-time excessive of 68,019 concurrent gamers within the interval since its launch this week. The earlier record was set in February 2019 with 46,806 and, whereas there have been different spikes since then which have come shut, solely final night time’s launch firmly managed to interrupt the record. Even SteamDB’s lively determine for concurrent gamers on the time of writing is higher than the 2019 record at 56,988.
While SteamDB doesn’t inform us the entire image – it doesn’t cowl different platforms, for instance – even taking this particular slice of data the conflict game appears to be doing very properly proper now. It’s already been recognized as Paradox’s hottest technique game, and in the course of the latest Q3 incomes calls CEO Fredrik Wester particularly talked about how Hearts of Iron IV player numbers had been rising since its launch five years in the past.
It appears the No Step Back enlargement is already doing fairly properly on the gross sales entrance as properly:
we’re fairly shut to interrupt a stellaris record internally with NSB gross sales. (*4*) has promised to shave his head if this occurs so come assist!
— Dan Lind (@podcat_paradox) November 23, 2021
We couldn’t get any additional clarification from Paradox on the specifics of this tweet, sadly. This enlargement marks the final one labored on by former game director Dan ‘Podcat’ Lind, who’s transferring on to a new mission. We just lately talked to Lind concerning his time as game director and HOI4’s first five years. He was changed by Peter ‘Arheo’ Nicholson, who’s the previous game director of Imperator: Rome.
Hearts of Iron IV: No Step Back is obtainable now on PC by way of Steam and the Paradox Store.