Victoria II: Heart of Darkness

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Victoria II: Heart of Darkness
Developer Paradox Development Studio
Publisher Paradox Interactive
Engine Clausewitz Engine
Released 16 April 2013
Genre Real-time grand strategy
Modes Single-player, Multiplayer
Platforms Microsoft Windows

Victoria II: Heart of Darkness is the second expansion pack for the game Victoria II. It was announced by Paradox Interactive on 31 January 2013[1] with the aim of improving the colonial race simulation which had been underlined by many users as one of the weak point of the game. It was released on 16 April 2013, only available for purchase by download on Steam.[2] It requires both Victoria II and the Victoria II: A House Divided expansion pack in order to be installed. Virtual Programming has released a mac OS X version.

Major features

  • Brand new colonization system
  • New naval combat system
  • Significant changes to land combat
  • Introduction of international crises
  • Introduction of newspapers which provide information about events around the world
  • Tweaks to industrial production

Developer diaries

No. Title and Link Description Date
1 Newspapers! A look at the Newspaper system. 2013-02-21
2 The Crisis System A look at the Crisis system and some of the AI improvements. 2013-02-28
3 The Naval System Changes made to the Naval system. 2013-03-07
4 Wars and the military Changes made to wars and the military in general. 2013-03-14
5 Colonies A disscusion on Colonisation. 2013-03-21
6 Industrial Improvements Changes made to Industry and a few misc changes. 2013-03-28


Reviewer, Publication Date Score Comment
Fraser Brown,
May 10, 2013 8.5/10 Put in the work, however, and Heart of Darkness will reward you for the effort. It's still huge and uncompromising, but there's no better way to experience Victoria II. The improved combat and naval mechanics were oft-requested, and Paradox followed through, while the new features make the studio's vision of Victorian war, politics, and economics all the more believable and grand.
Compiler Score
Metacritic 81


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