Hearts of Iron IV‘s first major patch, known as the Sunflower Patch, is now available to download on PC, developer Paradox Development Studios has announced.
The update is “devoted to improving the game?s AI and user interface, as well as the usual changes to Hearts of Iron?s balance and historical database,” according to the developer.
A brief rundown of the patch’s major features can be found below:
- Changes to how peace conferences are handled, based on a design by Steam user Neutrino
- Hotjoin now available for multiplayer games, so you can connect to a match already in progress
- Custom difficulty settings let you adjust the relative power of Germany, Italy, France and the Soviet Union
- More nations can now be released as independent countries
- Re-sync button added to address connection issues without rehosting the game
- AI more likely to update templates, build nuclear reactors and cancel unnecessary production
- AI less likely to risk encirclement, opt for a Communist France or throw everything at North Africa
- Naval combat has been balanced to prevent light cruiser spam
- Changes to national territorial cores (Portugal loses, Sinkiang gains)
- A number of crashes caused by modding have been fixed
- Submarines better at finding surface ships, worse at finding other subs
You can read the full patch notes here.