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New Hearts of Iron 3 Patch in the Works

NEW YORK - January 19, 2010– Amidst preparations for the Paradox Interactive Convention 2010, the Paradox team today announced patch 1.4 for Hearts of Iron 3 as the PIC of the day and are glad to report that it is in the final stages of development.

”This patch focuses on some of the most requested updates for Hearts of Iron 3 and I look forward to seeing our fans enjoy their gameplay even more after this release,” said Johan Andersson, Head of Development for Paradox Interactive.

The updates in patch 1.4 include:

    <*>Optimization: The patch optimizes game performance late in the game as well as during startup, reduction of interface lag and memory usage. <*>Balance: Several balancing issues have been addressed including; submarines are now strengthened in convoy warfare, paratroopers are now weaker and cannot be abused as easily. The leadership and technology for most non-major European countries have been overhauled, to add new gameplay depth. <*>AI: The AI will now perform better on the battlefield as well as the planning of fights. <*>Bugfixes: Several bugs have been fixed including the supply network breaking apart, non-exact numbers in the budget sliders and corrupted national flags on some graphics cards.

The patch is currently being tested and the team plans to release it in public beta in February.

About Hearts of Iron 3

The Hearts of Iron series has become renowned for being the biggest, most detailed and complete strategic game series on World War II ever made. Hearts of Iron 3 will follow that tradition closely while focusing on satisfying veteran players through a multitude of brand new features and systems, including a huge map with more than 14,000 land and sea provinces. Recent recognition includes Readers Choice for“Best PC Strategy game” at E3 and nominations in the same category at IGN and Gaming Excellence. Join the Hearts of Iron community on the forum or on Facebook.

About Paradox Interactive

Since 1999, Paradox Interactive has been a leading global developer and publisher of PC-based strategy games. World-renowned for its strategy catalog, the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe. Its steadily-growing portfolio includes originally developed titles such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis and the Hearts of Iron franchises, as well as publishing titles such as the Elven Legacy series, Mount&Blade and Majesty 2. Paradox stands poised to make an explosive entry onto consoles during 2010 with the release of Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West. For more information, please visit www.paradoxplaza.com and follow @pdxinteractive on Twitter.

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