updated 10:30 am EDT, Thu July 20, 2006
Hearts of Iron 2 goes beta
Virtual Programming today announced that Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday has reached the beta testing stage, and is scheduled for release in September. Players rule as one of 175 countries through both World War II and World War III, as the Allies and the Soviet Union clash in Europe with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday expands tech trees with more detail, allowing players to develop tactical nuclear weapons as well as other types of nuclear warfare. An improved diplomatic/intelligence system reflects the increased political tension of the 1950's, coupled with improved artificial intelligence. The game includes tradeable weapons to equip allies with the latest technological advances, and offers an extra scenario for the year 1945 that features a continuation war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday is priced at $40, and requires Mac OS X (specific system requirements were unavailable).