How did Paradox release a new strategy game and I not find out?  Not only that, today they’ve announced that they’re releasing the first expansion to Victoria II, which allows players to guide a nation from the colonial era of the 19th century through the dawn of the 20th.  In the expansion, titled Victoria II: A House Divided, players can start in 1861 and experience the US Civil War from the start, extending through the end of the 19th Century as you try to become a world superpower, easily the equal of the great European nations.  The game’s features include:

  • New starting point in 1861 allowing players to experience the US Civil War from the start
  • Manufacture reasons to go to war with other countries, all in the quest for power
  • Civilize your country with new reform paths to ultimately become equal with European nations
  • Invest in building infrastructure and factories in other countries to strengthen their ties to you
  • Deeper political system with new national focus options and new types of reforms
  • New system of popular movements that can be appeased or suppressed, but if ignored will become the revolutionaries of tomorrow
  • Improved interface with more information easily available to improve the gameplay
Victoria II: A House Divided will release in Q1 2012 and will retail for $19.99.  Chalk another game up to my huge backlog!