Hearts of Iron IV: No Step Back DLC Presents New Focus Trees, Balancing Changes

Hearts of Iron IV No Step Back
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Hearts of Iron IV: No Step Back expansion is here. It comes in two forms: free and paid. The free version updates existing focus trees, improves the weather system, and adds Allied construction, to name a few. 

However, if you buy the expansion, you will be getting more, including the new Tank Designer system, new focus trees for the Soviet Union, Poland, and the Baltic States, and a supply system overhaul.

Weather conditions now affect your units in more ways than one. For instance, snow can positively increase the dig-in speed but it can also negatively affect the speed of attackers.

You can expect improvements in the user interface too. Advisors that are not available will be marked more prominently in the Politics view. The Commander select window will now show which army you’re selecting for.

Update Highlights

NEW FEATURES (No Step Back)
  • Added focus tree and national content for the Soviet Union
  • Added focus tree and national content for Lithuania
  • Added focus tree and national content for Estonia
  • Added focus tree and national content for Latvia
  • Added focus tree and national content for Poland
  • Added Tank Designer system, featuring 60+ unique modules and myriad combinations and roles
  • Added Logistics Strike air mission, targeting trains and supply infrastructure
  • Added 60+ Military Spirits to Officer Corps, allowing you to specialize various departmental branches with new effects and art
  • Added Scorched Earth state interaction, allowing you to disable supply infrastructure in the face of oncoming advances
FREE PATCH
  • Infrastructure and other support buildings can now be constructed in your allies' territory
  • Reworked and added to historical focus tree and national content for Poland
  • Reworked and added to historical focus tree and national content for the Soviet Union
  • Reworked and added to Trotsky focus tree path for the Soviet Union
  • A visual cue is now displayed when units die due to encirclement
BALANCE
  • It is no longer possible to swap templates on divisions that are encircled
  • Weather modifiers can now handle defense/breakthrough separately for attackers and defenders
  • Infrastructure now reduces the chance of mud happening
  • Snow now affects dig in speed (positively) and speed of attackers negatively
  • Blizzards now slow attacker movement
  • Free Repair no longer granted from national or repeatable focuses
UI
  • Added mp chat timer to prevent spamming
  • Advisors that are not available now more distinctly marked in politics view
  • Added support for decommissioning division templates from the Recruit & Deploy view

For the full patch notes, you can head to the game’s official website for more details.

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