Nothing makes an empire feel complete like building a railway from Cairo to the Cape, but to do that you need to keep control of everything in between. Victoria II: Heart of Darkness will introduce new ways for you to grab and hold colonies in the mad scramble for Africa.

The new expansion to Paradox Development Studios’ classic 19th century grand strategy game is coming to PC on April 16, 2013 and will be available on major digital delivery platforms for $19.99.

As a bonus to those who pre-order Heart of Darkness, select retailers will be offering a Victoria I Complete—a gold edition of the original title that started it all—for free. Other retailers will offer 75% off Victoria titles, including Victoria II and Victoria II: A House Divided, with any pre-order of Heart of Darkness. To see a list of retailers and pre-order Heart of Darkness, please visit

Heart of Darkness is the second expansion for Victoria II and brings a host of new features to the premiere simulation of Victorian politics, economics and diplomacy:

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. Over 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.

Game Details

Title: Victoria II: Heart of Darkness
Developer: Paradox Development Studios
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Platform: PC
Genre: Historical Grand Strategy
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Price: $9.99