Players of Paradox games are used to grand scale and titles which accurately reflect the feel of grand strategy. The problem is that this kind of vision takes time to realize. And the upcoming HOI IV has been the subject of speculation as the proposed Q2 2015 release date came and went. Fans even went so far as to be suspicious of a massive delay in release.
Paradox has confirmed those suspicions today, with an update on the proposed release date for the WWII grand strategy title.
As you may have anticipated, the release window has been delayed to an (as yet) unspecified period.
“[Hearts of Iron IV] is a very ambitious project and we want to give it the time it needs to become the game we, and probably many of you, envisioned. We’re sorry if we’ve disappointed you with not being able to keep the Q2 release date (we’re of course a bit disappointed too!), yet we strongly believe this course of action will lead to the best possible end result,” the statement reads.
According to Paradox, the development studio are close to finalising a large “milestone” in the creation process, and a new release window will be decided upon after this is complete.
There’s some disappointment in the fan reactions, but also a repeated sentiment that players don’t want another Hearts of Iron III, a game which had a particularly rough launch, so seem happy to accept a delay on the basis that it results in a more polished game.