Published on February 13th, 2013 | by D'Marcus Beatty, Reporter

Victoria II Expansion Explores the “Heart of Darkness”


Paradox Development Studios has announced its second expansion for the Victorian-age simulation Victoria II, a political RTS set in the colonial 19th century. Originally released in 2010, the game allows the player to control and manipulate the various aspects of a Victorian nation-state, from the technological and military to the political and economic. The expansion, entitled Heart of Darkness after the Joseph Conrad novella, expands the “rush for newly discovered wealth” by adding the intrigue of the exploration of the African continent.

The Heart of Darkness expansion also brings enhanced features including a new naval system that revitalizes the importance of the player’s navies, a newspaper system that keeps the player abreast of the most important events in the game, and the addition of International crises.

  • Experience a brand new colonization system: Use your navy to expand your empire, compete against other colonial powers and struggle to maintain your overseas control. Colonial conflicts can spiral out of control and become international crises where they will have to be decided by diplomatic negotiations or risk costly wars.
  • Battle your enemies in the new naval combat system: Together with the new colonization system, your navies are more important than ever. We have revamped the entire naval combat system and made it much more detailed and exciting with a new system of gun ranges and maneuvering into positions for battles. New powerful battleships join the other classes of ships to bridge the gap to Dreadnoughts.


  • Prepare for International Crises: Around the world international crises continually call on the Great Powers to mediate and compromise, with war always being the last resort. As one of the lesser powers, use your influence to stir up the local flash points so you can use fleet footed diplomacy to get the Great Powers to right the wrongs that have been committed against your nation.
  • Follow the global events with the new newspaper system: You will receive reports on local and global events as well as the world’s changing situation to keep up to date and get a greater sense of immersion. More than 60 newspapers, both historic and otherwise, periodically present you with the latest news reports of war, major events, royal gossip and other matters of interest.

An official date has not been announced, however the expansion is expected for a March 2013 release for PC.


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