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Release date / Patch
2021-11-23 / 1.11

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No Step Back is the 4th expansion for Hearts of Iron IV. It was revealed during PDXCon 2021 on 2021-05-21[1] and was released on 2021-11-23[2]. The expansion coincides with patch 1.11 (aka "Barbarossa").

Expansion features[edit | edit source]

One of the hardest fighting during the Second World War was the Eastern Front in Europe.

No Step Back 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.

Features include:

  • New Flag of Soviet Union Soviet National Focuses.
  • New Flag of Poland Polish National Focuses.
  • New Baltic National Focuses: Shared alternate history paths for Flag of Estonia Estonia, Flag of Latvia Latvia and Flag of Lithuania Lithuania, as well as unique paths for each.
  • Army Officer Corps: Build a general staff, drawing on the talents and expertise of available officers to take advantage of changes in technology and tactics.
  • Army Spirits: Emphasize certain characteristics of your military arms, adding general bonuses to certain units types or even aiding division design.
  • Supply System Updates: Scorched Earth tactics, floating harbors and special supply units added to the logistics system.
  • Tank Designer: Design your own armored force using modules prioritizing speed, gun power, armor or even production cost.
  • Railway Guns: Commission the grandest, most prestigious of artillery pieces, uniquely designed to deal with entrenched foes, and fortified positions.
  • Scorched Earth: Burn and ruin the land as the enemy marches on it to slow them down and give debuffs.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Cinematic trailers[edit | edit source]

No Step Back: Release trailer. The largest armies in the world go to battle - led by armored spearheads and supplied by extensive railway networks. Tell exciting new stories of the titanic clash of ideologies in Eastern Europe.
No Step Back: Pre-order trailer. 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.
No Step Back: Teaser trailer. Giants collide in humanity's greatest struggle. Build the ultimate war machine in a deadly battle for survival.

Video diaries[edit | edit source]

No Step Back: Officer Corps. HoI4's game director, Peter Nicholson, and HoI4's game designer, Bradley Faithfull-Wright, sit down for an overview of the new Officer Corps mechanic. Your generals can now be promoted through the ranks and become political advisors.
No Step Back: Tank Designer and Railway Guns. HoI4's game director, Peter Nicholson, and HoI4's content designer, Gabriel Blum, will introduce you to the new Tank Designer, and Railway guns. The Tank Designer mirrors the freedom to create that was introduced with the Ship Designer. Will you create your favorite tanks from World War 2? Or come up with your own monstrosities to overrun your opponents!
No Step Back: Poland and Baltic Focus Trees. HoI4's game director, Peter Nicholson, and HoI4's content designer, Gabriel Blum, will give you a brief overview of the changes coming to the Polish and Baltic States Focus Trees.
No Step Back: Supply System. HoI4's game director, Peter Nicholson, will explain the overhauled supply system. This reinvigorated system aims to bring logistics to the forefront of the battle.
No Step Back: Soviet Focus Tree. HoI4's game director, Peter Nicholson, will tell you all about the largest Focus Tree in the game, the Soviet Union. Spanning over 300 individual foci, the new and expanded tree will allow you not only to follow the course of history, but delve into possible alt-histories, such as returning the Monarchy to Russia.
No Step Back: Pre-order bonus song. A behind the scenes look at Paradox's specially arranged composition of "Katyusha". Written in 1938, "Katyusha" became a popular wartime tribute to the Red Army's iconic mobile rocket launcher.

Tutorials[edit | edit source]

No Step Back Tutorial: Officer Corps. All new Officer Corps are going to give you ultimate flexibility in shaping your army, navy, and airforce to match the needs of your nation. TheSocialStreamers will give you a short breakdown of the options and bonuses you can stack together to create the perfect fighting force!
No Step Back Tutorial: Railway Guns. Trains With Guns. What Could Go Wrong? -- The title says it all. Trains + Guns is an automatic win. Plus there are those floating fortresses that make D-Day invasions a reality. SocialStreamers is here yet again to show you how to use them.
No Step Back Tutorial: Weather Wins Wars. Weather has throughout history altered the course of war, and WW2 was no exception. Watch out for storms, blizzards, and be aware of the attrition your armies will suffer if marching through bad terrain. These things matter, just ask Russia! TheSocialStreamers will guide you on how to best use weather and terrain to your advantage.
No Step Back Tutorial: Mastering the Logistics of War. Logistics are a key new feature as it will determine the supply chains of your troops, supplies, food, and resources. You'll want to listen to TheSocialStreamers break down how this works. Don't get caught undersupplied!
No Step Back Tutorial: Tank Designer. In-depth look at the new Tank Designer. TheSocialStreamers will break down the new feature with this easy guide on making the perfect tank for your front lines.

Developer diaries[edit | edit source]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the No Step Back expansion and patch 1.11 (aka Barbarossa).

Patch 1.11 post release
No. Title and Link Description Date
30 Telemetry and data Gameplay stats report 2022-02-23
29 Thoughts & roadmap 2022 content battleplan 2022-02-09
Patch 1.11 (Barbarossa)
No. Title and Link Description Date
28 Patch Notes! 1.11 patch notes 2021-11-17
27.5 Bonus Diary: No Step Back Formable & New Tags A look at the new tags and formables coming with NSB 2021-11-12
27 No Step Back Achievements New achievements for No Step Back 2021-11-10
26 A Tech Lead's Life Tech support changes and a new French communist leader 2021-11-03
25.5 Extra Treats - Railways! Overview of the railway map in NSB 2021-10-29
25 Loading Screen Art and more Process of creating new loading screens, A look at some portraits and achievements of NSB 2021-10-27
24 Modding Changes Introduction of the character system, modability of NSB features 2021-10-20
23 Officer Corps Recap & AI Improvements Recap of Officer Corps changes and introduction of AI improvements 2021-10-13
22.5 Sub-Developer-Diary - Combat targeting iteration Further balancing and changes to targeting 2021-10-06
22 Poland is not yet lost - No step back AAR Recap of CraniumMuppet's experience with Poland in the new update 2021-10-06
21 Combat Changes & Soviet Exiles Changes to Combat and Soviet Exiles focus branch 2021-09-29
20 Bag of Tricks : the Sequel Changes to Redeployment, Scorched Earth, and General Preferred Tactics 2021-09-15
19 Railway guns never tire New Railway Gun Land Unit Type 2021-09-08
18 Traiiiiins A further look at trains, air missions to attack them, and supply distribution 2021-09-01
17 Bag of Tricks #2 Changes to weather, QoL changes concerning equipment and building in allied territories / Departure of Game Director Dan "Podcat" Lind 2021-08-25
16 Soviet Union Exiles New focus branches for the return of the Whites or the Tsar 2021-08-18
15 Soviet Union Opposition New focus branches for the communist opposition against Stalin 2021-08-11
14 Soviet Union Historical and Common Branches A look at the historical and shared parts of the new Soviet Focus Tree and new mechanics for the Soviet Union 2021-08-04
13 Supply and Mulberry Harbors Deeper look at the new supply system 2021-06-30
12 Officer Corps #2 More information about the Officer Corps 2021-06-23
11 Officer Corps New Officer Corps system and changes to Experience 2021-06-16
10 Bag of Tricks #1 Small features and QoL improvements to the game 2021-06-09
9 PDXCON - HoI Q&A Panel Transcript PdxCon Q&A with the devs 2021-05-27
8 PdxCon Recap and Team update Recap of PdxCon announcements and some statistics updates 2021-05-26
7 The Baltic States 2/2 More changes coming to the Baltic states 2021-05-19
6 The Baltic States 1/2 and Poland 3/2 A first look at changes coming to the Baltic states, and more on Poland 2021-05-12
5 Combat and Stats changes A look at changes coming to combat 2021-05-05
4 Tank Designer Look at the changes coming to tank design with the upcoming DLC 2021-04-28
3 Poland Focus Tree Rework Part 2/2 Look at the changes to the Polish tree in the upcoming DLC 2021-04-21
2 Poland Focus Tree Rework Part 1/2 Introduction of the reworked Polish focus tree coming with the free update 2021-04-14
1 Early look at supply and the coming year An early look at the new supply/war system 2021-04-07

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Forum, PdxCon Recap and Team update, 2021-05-26.
  2. Forum, No Step Back Release Date, 2020-10-21.