With the amount of information developers are giving us about the game, and them mentioning how much they play it to test certain mechanics, it was just a matter of time before someone slipped up and leaked some parts of their gameplay.
In gaming history, legendary games, such as Half-Life, have had sequels that have been so long waited, that the wait has turned into an inside joke. Victoria III is one of those, highly anticipated, sequels. The sequel whose gameplay has, apparently, been leaked on YouTube.
News about the game have been scarce before the recent Victoria 3 gameplay leak, aside from the information regarding in-game mechanics developer diaries have provided us with, which can be summarized into four distinct features:
- Intranational progress. There are enough events, problems, and history within a single nation, that Victoria 3 aims to make managing your own nation and improving its socio-economic status enjoyable enough by itself.
- Diplomacy. While shifting the focus from war to international relations, Paradox Interactive has made diplomacy take its place in these games. To become a Great Nation means not to merely "paint the map" in the colors of your nation, but to stand on the right side of history with powerful allies.
- Politics. If a word embodies Victoria games' essence, it would be politics. Using the ever-changing world of the 19th century to your advantage is something that must be done in order to prosper.
- Change. The time in which the game takes place, from 1836-1936, is a time when a man has gone from fighting with guns barely better than muskets, to bomber planes, meaning the players leading the countries cannot be set in their ways.
These have been confirmed with the recent leak that the famous YouTuber Spudgun chanced upon, claiming that the gameplay is not his own, and instead belongs to someone unspecified.
As the gameplay seen was prone to crashing, the story of it being authentic Victoria gameplay checks out, especially so once we take into account that the video of the leaked gameplay itself has since been taken down from the platform.