Hearts of Iron IV

Hearts of Iron IV

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SyndieNapoleon's Dark & Gloomy GFX [1.9]
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Aug 13, 2018 @ 3:56pm
Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:17am
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SyndieNapoleon's Dark & Gloomy GFX [1.9]

This mod changes the political map to be somewhat less cartoonish, and changes night time to actually look dark, instead of the vibrant blue tinge it is in vanilla.

In the far away view, the colour pallete of all countries is now less vibrant and more dreary (more fitting of a war simulator!), especially in the medium-distance mode.

In a close up view, the natural terrain is also much more visible whilst the countries borders are still noticable.
Laid snow is also changed to be less intrusive and fit better with the rest of vanillas terrain pallete.

The Ocean has been darkened to better match its real world colour, and the rediculous grey reflection has been removed, showing the fantastic image of the base games undersea terrain map.

Nights are now far darker and no longer has a bright blue hue to the world. Cities are also brighter and more fitting of a birds eye view. Closer up, the night is as dark as it is on most real world days, adding a lot of extra emersion to the game.

Additionally, the City Lights have been edited to better suit reality (Mostly, a tonne of lights were added to the USA which was very barren in vanilla, and a fair bit in east asia too).

New for 1.6.2:

Made Fog of War actually foggy, and less noticable at higher distances.

New update made the colours all brighten at very close distances, dunno why this is.

For the best experience, I still recommend playing with "Fog of War" off.

Updated for 1.9. It functioned fine on prior versions though.

Made it a little lighter, spread out the zoom to be not as sudden.


This mod should be compatible with all mods that don't modify the graphics of the map, or change the day/night cycle in any way. With other graphics mods, it is possible this or that mods content will be overwritten. If you find this mod not "working" in some aspect, try removing other graphics mods until it works. This mod should be ironman compatible.

Permanent Night

A permanent night version of this mod is available.

Changed Screenshots to better represent current mod version. Used Kaiserreich pictures, cant be bothered to take vanilla pictures.
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Ya7ioo Nov 1, 2020 @ 9:11am 
I love this mod so much.
SyndieNapoleon  [author] Jul 2, 2020 @ 4:53am 
Changed Screenshots to better represent current mod version, as some were outdated. Used Kaiserreich pictures, cant be bothered to take vanilla pictures.
Phyro Jun 20, 2020 @ 10:16am 
bet, thanks bro
SyndieNapoleon  [author] Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:35am 
Phyro May 28, 2020 @ 3:17pm 
yo get 1.9.2 update for this itd be pretty sick
die Apr 8, 2020 @ 7:45am 
Marik Dec 30, 2019 @ 7:03am 
Update pls ! And does it work when the host doesn´t have the mod activated ?
rin Nov 23, 2019 @ 9:59pm 
update it please
BitPumpkin Jun 13, 2019 @ 1:16pm 
Multiplayer compatible?
unnamedsoldier May 6, 2019 @ 12:13am 
Great mod. The darker look really fits.

I'm wondering if you could do a version where the country colors are more opaque?