Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone Expansion to Introduce Italy, Ethiopia, and Switzerland

New regions to conquer.
New regions to conquer. Paradox Interactive

A new expansion is coming soon to Hearts of Iron IV, and it's going to introduce new paths and potential for some of the wartime era's defining conflicts. In By Blood Alone, players get to explore new alternate histories of Italy, Ethiopia, and Switzerland. This upcoming expansion continues the game's tradition of having players experience new stories and possibilities.

Features of the new expansion include:

  • New Italian Focus Tree
    • Follow the historical path of Italy under Mussolini or rewrite history by bringing back the monarchy to power.
    • Players can choose to lead the Communist revolution or go through the path of democracy.
  • New Ethiopian Focus Tree
    • Defy the odds and defeat the Italian invader or resist the conqueror from abroad with the use of unique Government in Exile abilities.
  • ​New Swiss Focus Tree
    • Since the country is surrounded by France, Germany, and Italy, its strength is all about neutrality, balancing competing 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
    • Players get to design and build their own planes.
    • These can include nimble interceptors that focus on speed or durable bombers that can release tons of destruction from the sky.
  • Unit Medals
    • A log of each division’s accomplishments now allows players to track performance.
    • It even lets players award medals to those who have performed well.
  • Embargo Interaction
    • Implement an Embargo on enemies with a new diplomatic interaction.
    • This can prevent them from trading with players especially if they have generated enough world tension.
  • New Unit Models
    • At least 20 new pieces of unit art for the Italian, Ethiopian, and Swiss armies.
  • ​67 New Plane Models.
  • ​12 New Music Tracks.

The Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone expansion is coming out later this year, and you can wishlist it on Steam here. The minimum system requirements for PC are:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit/Windows 8.1 64-bit/Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 750/AMD FX 4300
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 (1.28 GB)/AMD HD 5850 (1 GB)/Intel Iris Xe G7 (Tiger Lake)/AMD Radeon RX Vega 11/Steam Deck
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Direct X- compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes:
    • Mouse and keyboard are required.
    • Latest available WHQL drivers from both manufacturers.
    • Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.

There’s also a free update arriving along with the new expansion. Hearts of Iron IV is available on PC.

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