Man the Guns

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Release date / Patch
2019-02-28 / 1.6

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Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns expansion feature spotlight by HoI4's game director Dan "Podcat" Lind.

Man the Guns is the 4th expansion for Hearts of Iron IV. It was announced on 2018-05-19[1] and was released on 2019-02-28[2]. The expansion coincides with patch 1.6.

Expansion features[edit]

  • Major Alternate Paths: Revive the Old Confederacy as the United States and provoke a new civil war, or hasten decolonization of the British Empire.
  • Ship Design: Research new components and refit older vessels to take advantage of new knowledge. Outfit your submarines with snorkels or improved stealth.
  • Admiral Traits and Skills: Tailor and level up your Admirals with new traits and skills.
  • Governments in Exile: Welcome a government in exile to your democracy, boosting their legitimacy in return for more manpower and elite troops fighting to free their homeland.
  • Other National Focuses: New national focuses for The Netherlands and Mexico.
  • Naval Mines: Protect your coasts from invasion or assault with anti-ship mines, or sweep a clear path through enemy mines before the fleet makes the big push.
  • Shipping route controls: plot new routes for your shipping and navies by toggling individual sea regions to limit or ban shipping there entirely.
  • Naval Treaties: Struggle to keep the peace by following internationally agreed upon rules, or creatively defy the world consensus by exceeding your limits.
  • Amphibious Landing Vehicles: Add power to your beach landing by researching and producing specialized combat vehicles for your marines.
  • New Music: Original music composed specifically for the Man the Guns expansion.

Free features[edit]

  • Fuel - a new resource that mechanical units consume.
  • Different types of naval terrain, that can modify naval combat in different regions.
  • A completely redone naval combat system
  • Gameplay rules - a large amount of options to further customize gameplay experience and make organizing multiplayer sessions easier.
  • Updated map-modes - new map-modes and a new configurable quick access system (a lot like in EU4).
  • 70 new releasable tags added to the game to enable decolonization as well as a variety of map changes - more states in places like west Africa, and more accurate states like East Bengal/Bangladesh, and more.

Developer diaries[edit]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the Man the Guns expansion and patch 1.6 (aka Ironclad).

No. Title and Link Description Date
1 Man the Guns and PdxCon General goals for the future expansion and patch 2018-05-23
2 Fuel Information on fuel and new hotfix. 2018-06-27
3 God Save The King: British Focus Tree Rework Reworked British focus tree, allowing for alternate-history paths. 2018-07-04
4 A Post-Colonial World:Map Changes and New Tags Sweeping changes to the map along with the addition of more releasable tags. 2018-07-11
5 Custom Gameplay Rules New Custom Gameplay Rules allowing the player to steer the game in the direction they want. 2018-08-01
6 MTG - Bag of Tricks Smaller improvements to the game such as assuming leadership of a faction, manual focus cancellation, and naval and air exercises. 2018-08-08
7 Naval Access Improvements to the naval theater of HOI4 including marking dangerous seazones and asking for naval access to ports. 2018-08-15
8 Mines and Minesweeping Naval Mines added to the game along with minesweeping. 2018-08-22
9 USA focus tree rework Reworked USA focus tree, allowing for alternate-history paths. 2018-08-29
10 Modding and Traits Added trait system for admirals as well as more features for modders. 2018-09-05
11 Naval Production, Repair and Damage Extensive changes to the naval theater with reworks of ship production, repair and damage. 2018-09-12
12 Exiled Government Extend possibilities for exiled governments and more information about the British focus tree overhaul. 2018-09-19
13 Je Maintiendrai Announcement of and information about the new Dutch focus tree. 2018-09-26
14 Amphibious Vehicles and Research New Amphibious Tractors and Amphibious Tank. 2018-10-03
15 Naval Terrain Overview of new terrain types for seas. 2018-10-10
16 Naval changes #1 Overview of the different changes to naval warfare. 2018-10-17
17 Mexico focus tree Announcement of and information about the new Mexican focus tree. 2018-10-24
18 Bag of Tricks 2 Expeditionary Force Requests, Supervised States & On-map decisions. 2018-10-31
19 Ship Designer Overview on modifications on the ship designer system. 2018-11-07
20 Naval Treaties and Ship Refits Naval treaties effects on ship designing and refitting of obsolete ships 2018-11-14
21 Naval Rework #1 New mission types and changes to the naval interface 2018-11-21
22 Bag of Tricks #3 Dutch & British focus changes, ideology drift tweaks, map changes in Africa and the Balkans region. 2018-11-28
23 New Naval Combat Rework of naval combat to be more informative and less decisive 2018-12-06
24 Subs and Convoy Raiding Improvements to submarine convoy raiding 2018-12-12
25 Fuel Review and Motorized Artillery Changes to the fuel implementation and the addition of motorized artillery units 2019-01-09
26 Tech Changes Changes to the tech research system and the addition of new naval techs. 2019-01-16
27 Art and Music New music, 3D models and 2D art to ramp up MTG's awesomeness. 2019-01-23
28 The Imperial Japanese Navy An AAR of Archangel85's experience with the Imperial Japanese Navy in a MP session. 2019-01-30
29 Achievements New goals to strive for, with the addition of 21 new achievements related to MTG. 2019-02-06
30 AI Plans More AI strategy plans, and the integration of AI strategy into the Custom Game Rules menu. 2019-02-13
31 Man the Guns MEGA RECAP Recap of everything that has been announced. 2019-02-20
32 HOI4 Dev Diary - 1.6 Patchlog Full 1.6 "Ironclad" patch log and Reddit AMA highlights. 2019-02-27
33 1.6.1 Patch and Statistics Full 1.6.1 "Ironclad" patch log, info about the 1.6.2 beta and player statistics. 2019-03-13
34 1.6.2 Open Beta Patch 1.6.2 Open Beta Patch content and some AI naval screen statistics 2019-03-20
34 1.6.2 Update 1.6.2 Highlights and patchlog 2019-03-27
35 1.6.2 and Roadmap 1.6.2 release, future roadmap and announcement of 1.7 "Hydra" and 1.8 "Husky". 2019-04-03

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