Heart of Darkness, the second expansion for Victoria II, a detailed political/economic simulation of the Victorian Age, an era of rapid transformation of technology, politics and business, is scheduled for release on April 16th, 2013, Paradox Interactive announced. As its name suggests, Heart of Darkness focuses on the Scramble for Africa, the late 19th century rush for newly discovered wealth and land in a continent whose interior had been mostly free from European domination. This expansion also introduces a new diplomatic event, International Crises, where the colliding desires of rival empires get settled by Great Power mediation and where smaller powers can manipulate their friends to support their own local ambitions.
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.
A gameplay movie is now locally mirrored.