Hearts of Iron 4 is one of the most popular grand strategy games now available on Steam. After looking at stats, you can see that there are 40k – 50k active players in the last few months. In this article we will show you why is HOI4 so popular.
But let’s start with the stats…
… HOI4 came to the market in 2016. It is 7 years old and the player base is still growing.
The one of best things is the developer of the game. I like how Paradox takes care of its games. Thanks to their care and great activity, we are gradually getting new DLCs, where the basic game mechanics are more or less changed. More and more countries are getting into the game together with their decision trees.
Since launch, we’ve received 7 big DLCs that change focus trees or add new mechanics. There are:
|Date of publish
|Together for Victory
|December 15th, 2016
|Death or Dishonor
|June 14th, 2017
|Waking the Tiger
|March 8th, 2018
|Man the Guns
|February 28th, 2019
|February 25th, 2020
|Battle For The Bosporus
|October 15th, 2020
|No Step Back
|November 23rd, 2021
|By Blood Alone
|September 27th, 2022
However, the DLCs are not only for paying players. With each DLC, a smaller patch is released with fixes or possibly minor new features for each player. For that reason, I think that Paradox is doing an excellent job here, and it’s one of the main reasons why HOI IV is so popular.
HOI4 is beautifully balanced in terms of game design. Most of the game mechanisms are set up well in my opinion. You learn the game gradually and in more detail until you get your own “hacks”.
If you don’t play as the aggressor from the start and you try to defend, for example, France, Czech Republic or Poland, you will have everything easier because you don’t have to plan attacks. This aspect of the game will be gradually added.
Well, despite the fact I love HOI4, I have to say that I don’t understand the Navy at all, even if you find some way to get there. But what I do like is we keep getting new mechanic updates. The last update, for example, changed the supply method drastically, and from what I see in the developer diaries, we will see some redesign of the aircraft mechanics soon.
One observation I will not forgive: unlike other Paradox games – here we play for a fairly clearly defined historical period and the game from start to finish can be played in 5 – 8 hours, so it can be played faster and more intensively.
What makes the game significantly better is the community, which brings more and more people to the game. You can find many discord servers, groups, and content creators dedicated to HOI4.
My favorite content creators are:
- Alex The Rambler!
Following the example of Cities Skylines, I must also highlight the modes that appear in the game, which are available on Steam Workshop. When you get tired of the base game, you can play any alternate history or alternate future.