What is Black ICE Mod for Hearts of Iron 4 and How to Play It?
Black ICE is a mod which aims to overhaul HOI IV in order to make a more immersive, historical, and challenging experience for the player. First, make sure that you have downloaded the BlackICE GFX addon. This basically adds in all the event images for BICE. It is recommended to play BICE with Historical AI Focus on.
Black ICE completely overhauls most national focus trees, changes game mechanics, adds in tons of events, technologies, units and much more. All of the major nations have had an extensive makeover, with improved national focus trees, events, technologies, units, and more. Many influential minor nations also have their own national focus trees, events, and flavor[^1^] [^2^].
BICE incorporates mechanics from many official DLCs, though none are required in order to play the mod. If you do not have a DLC, some of BICE's expanded mechanics and features related to or relying on that DLC may be unavailable to you. BICE is designed for singleplayer playthroughs that roughly follow historical events, but still allows for a few alternative choices. It is very important to note, however, that unlike the base game, selecting the ahistorical focus setting is very likely to 'break' the game by having countries act in unforeseen ways. BICE does not include many alternate history scenarios or focuses, and the developers generally don't provide support for bugs in ahistorical games[^1^].
The mod is also not particularly fine-tuned for multiplayer, though the BICE discord community still regularly hosts multiplayer games, and we are always looking for more players. You can join the BICE community discord server here to ask for more help or find other players[^1^].
If you are new to BICE or want to learn more about the mod's features and mechanics, you can check out The Official Black ICE Guide for Hearts of Iron 4 by Planeswalker and 2 collaborators. This guide contains the more important aspects of the mod that should be understood, as well as country specific mechanics and FAQs[^1^].
Black ICE is a mod that will challenge you and immerse you in the historical events of World War II. If you are looking for a more realistic and complex HOI IV experience, give it a try!
How to Install and Update Black ICE Mod for Hearts of Iron 4?
Installing and updating Black ICE mod for HOI IV is very easy. You can simply subscribe to the mod and the addon on Steam Workshop and they will be automatically downloaded and updated. You can find the links to the mod and the addon here. Make sure you have both of them enabled in the launcher before starting the game.
If you prefer to download the mod manually, you can also find the links to the latest versions on the BICE discord server or on top-mods.com. You will need to unzip the files and place them in your HOI IV mod folder, which is usually located at Documents\\Paradox Interactive\\Hearts of Iron IV\\mod. Then you will need to enable them in the launcher as well.
It is recommended to always play BICE with the latest version of HOI IV and the mod, as older versions may be incompatible or buggy. You can check the current version of the mod on Steam Workshop or on the BICE discord server. If you encounter any issues or bugs while playing BICE, you can report them on the BICE discord server or on Steam Workshop. The developers are very active and responsive, and they will try to fix any problems as soon as possible. e0e6b7cb5c