Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone Expansion is Here

A lot of new features are here.
A lot of new features are here. Paradox Interactive

Hearts of Iron IV just became more strategic and grander with the release of its newest expansion By Blood Alone. What this pack does is add new ways for players to explore the limits of their military genius and long-term planning. It’s available for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

By Blood Alone includes the highly requested aircraft designer where players can make the fighters and bombers of their dreams. There are also three new national focus trees, which should allow for an even wider range of diverging alternate histories.

Features of the By Blood Alone expansion include:

  • New Italian Focus Tree
    • Experience alternate histories of Fascist Italy, including a socialist revolution.
  • ​New Ethiopian Focus Tree
    • Defy the odds and defeat the Italian invader or resist the conqueror from abroad with the unique Government in Exile abilities.
  • ​New Swiss Focus Tree
    • Surrounded by France, Germany and Italy, the mountain nation of Switzerland finds strength in its neutrality.
    • Be sure to balance factions and overtures from the great powers.
  • New Peace Conference Options
    • Demilitarize zones of the map or entire nations.
    • Bid on the capital ships of defeated powers.
    • Claim control of enemy resources or factories as reparations.
  • Aircraft Designer
    • Design and build your own planes.
    • These include nimble interceptors that prioritize speed and durable bombers crafted to unload tons of destruction from the skies.
  • Unit Medals
    • A log of each division’s accomplishments allows players to track their performance.
    • Players can even award medals to those who have performed well.
  • Embargo Interaction
    • Embargo enemies with a new diplomatic interaction.
    • Prevent them from trading if they have generated enough world tension.
  • New Unit Models
    • More than 20 new pieces of unit art for Italian, Ethiopian, and Swiss armies.
  • ​New Plane Models
    • 67 new plane models.
  • 12 New Music Tracks

Free Update

Releasing at the same time as this new expansion is a free major update called the Avalanche Update, which features:

  • Customizable order naming scheme with many default historical operations.
  • New Air Wing organization scheme comprising static 100 size squadrons.
  • Added Air Theater UI to manage Air groups and assignments.
  • Mod support for career profile.

Learn more about the free update here. Hearts of Iron IV is available on PC.

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