No Step Back

Revolutions are started by ideas. They are fueled by sweat.

Main features

From the heart of the battlefield to the command center, you will guide your nation to glory and wage war, negotiate or invade.

Give your nation a unique edge

Experience the flexible technology system, where all major powers get their own unique identity. Develop detailed historic tanks and planes through research and army experience.

Authentic real-time war simulation

Let the greatest commanders of WW2 fight your war with the tools of the time; tanks, planes, ships, guns and newly discovered weapons of mass destruction.

Assume control of any nation

Choose from the greatest powers striving for victory, or the small nations trying to weather the storm. Form factions, engage in trade for resources and appoint ministers to your party.

Explore Alternate Histories

Lead France into the arms of the Bolsheviks, unite the British Empire under a reinvigorated crown, or topple Hitler from power. Pursue alternate timelines on your own, or use the game rules to set the path you wish AI nations to follow.

Game editions

Base game

Hearts of Iron
  • Base Game
  • Poland: United and Ready
  • Forum Avatar
  • Wallpaper
  • Os Compatibility
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Apple

Expansions sets

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Expansion: No Step Back

This expansion adds greater detail for many nations in Eastern Europe, unique game systems to reflect Soviet politics, and many improvements to the military aspect of the game.

  • Communist Soviet rulers must also deal with a government system full of distrust and betrayal but players can lift up party opposition to its powerful leader, or even pursue a reactionary path of restored monarchy.

  • Write a new history of Poland, with options to reform the government, entrench the military rule, or support a popular pro-Soviet uprising.

  • Shared alternate history paths for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as unique paths for each.

  • Build a general staff, drawing on the talents and expertise of available officers to take advantage of changes in technology and tactics.

  • Emphasize certain characteristics of your military arms, adding general bonuses to certain units types or even aiding division design.

  • Scorched Earth tactics, floating harbors and special supply units added to the logistics system.

  • Design your own armored force using modules prioritizing speed, gun power, armor or even production cost.

  • Commission the grandest, most prestigious of artillery pieces, uniquely designed to deal with entrenched foes, and fortified positions.


Expansion: Battle for the Bosporus

This country pack adds dedicated national focus trees to the minor powers around the Black Sea and the Aegean.

  • National Focus Tree for Bulgaria: Balance the factions in a divided land or reclaim territory lost in 1919.

  • National Focus Tree for Greece: Riven by political division, Greek neutrality is maintained by the controversial Metaxas

  • National Focus Tree for Turkey: Robbed of its empire in the last war, what future is there for Turkey in a new one?

  • New 3D Unit Models for Balkan and Turkish Armies

  • Unique voiceovers for Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey

  • New music tracks


Expansion: La Resistance

Secrets and Sabotage Take Center Stage in La Résistance

  • New French Focus Trees: Restore the Monarchy or guide Vichy France.

  • New Spanish Focus Trees: Separate National Focuses for Republican and Nationalis Spain.

  • Portuguese Focuses: Navigate the pressure of the World War, or involve yourself in the Spanish Conflict.

  • Espionage: Recruit spies for Operations behind enemy lines, discovering their secrets and disrupting their plans.

  • Support Resistance: Use your agents to assist rebels in allied occupied territories.

  • Collaboration Governments: Use your agents to set the stage for your invasion, preparing locals to manage conquered nations on your behalf.

  • Code Cracking: Decrypt enemy codes to gain temporary advantages on the battlefield.


Expansion: Man the guns

From the convoy attacks in the Battle of the Atlantic to the fierce carrier battles on the Pacific front, the Second World War saw naval innovation in both tactics and technology.

  • More active democratic nations, with new alternate history paths and greater options in peacetime.

  • Design new warships to match the challenges of naval warfare in all conditions.

  • Sign naval treaties to limit your rivals, or defy international order on your own.

  • Navigate minefields and build new landing craft in a reworking of amphibious war.

  • Welcome governments in exile, using their expertise and veteran leadership to continue the war.


Expansion: Waking the Tiger

Years before Europe went to war, Japan’s imperial ambitions targeted the divided Chinese Republic.

  • Guide the Chinese Republic or Communist China through the war, guided by your own vision of the future.

  • Two major Axis powers now have alternate history paths, including the chance to depose Hitler or restore democracy to Japan.

  • Put multiple armies under the direction of a field marshal to coordinate large movements of army groups, using the traits of your generals to take advantage of their unique skills.

  • Spend your political power on national decisions and missions to strengthen the war effort.


Expansion: Death or dishonor

Death or Dishonor is a new Country Pack for Hearts of Iron IV.

  • Experience the war from the difficult perspectives of Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia.

  • Update your arsenal by converting older units -- or make use of captured enemy vehicles and gear.

  • License military technology to bring other nations’ weapons to the field or sell your advances to the highest bidder.

  • New subject relationships for Fascist states allow the dominant power to gather an underling\'s resources and share technology and unit designs.

  • 3 new thematic musical tracks from composer Andreas Waldetoft, new art content for the four focus nations, and new troop voiceovers.


Expansion: Together for Victory

History forged the ties. Empire made them tighter. Can war tear them apart?

  • New national focus trees and events for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Raj (India) and South Africa

  • Alternate historical path for each of the Dominions, with options to stay loyal to Great Britain, or forge a new, more independent destiny

  • New autonomy system giving subject states degrees of independence from a foreign master

  • A Spearhead battleplan command allowing more control over grand encirclements and punching through enemy lines

  • Technology sharing will allow Commonwealth nations to quickly catch up with British assistance