Hearts of Iron publisher Paradox Interactive has announced that BL-Logic and Paradox Development Studios’ are bringing an entirely new RTS to the world in 2013 known as East vs. West: A Hearts of Iron Game.
Focusing on the conflict – or lack of conflict – found during the Cold War that followed the end of World War II, East vs. West sees you take control of any nation involved in the back and forth one-upsmanship that the elongated conflict. You’ll start at the stalemate in 1946, deal with the changes of Glasnost in the 1980s and then finally the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union in 1991.
As this was most definitely not a ‘hot’ war, you’ll be resolving disputes with diplomacy, politics, economics and espionage to influence other nations, and with a rich 3D topographic map you’ll easily be able to make these strategic decisions no matter who you choose to play as.
Interestingly you can also call in UN support, or just watch the Doomsday Clock tick away as you wait to see if a rival nation will actually press the button on that nuke stockpile they have waiting.
You’ll be able to participate in the Space Race, improve your technology and science efforts, and push out all those weapons you’ll never use in a global arms race. You can engage in battles that only loosely involve crushing your opponent – such as hiring guerilla forces (read: Vietnam War).
And finally you can take on a friend in 32-player multiplayer conflicts too.
Below is a trailer and some screens for the 2013 PC title.