Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone Expansion Arriving September 27

The focus is on Italy.
The focus is on Italy. Paradox Interactive

We finally have a release date on the upcoming expansion of Hearts of Iron IV. By Blood Alone is coming out on September 27 for $19.99. This new expansion is going to add three new major National Focus Trees as well as a series of what-if stories.

The expansion focuses on the political and military fortunes of Italy. As always, the historical path is available to those who want to relive the years before and during the war. Players can also try to end Mussolini’s rule either through a strong monarchy or a socialist revolution.

Other features of the By Blood Alone expansion include:

  • New Ethiopian Focus Tree
    • Defy the odds to defeat the Italian invader or resist the conqueror from abroad using 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 and balance in 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 can design and build their own planes.
    • Go for the nimble interceptors that prioritize speed or the durable bombers developed to unload tons of destruction from high above.
  • Unit Medals
    • A log of each division’s accomplishments allows players to track their performance.
    • Players can also award medals to those that performed well.
  • Embargo Interaction
    • Players can embargo enemies with new diplomatic interactions and 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
    • Check out 67 new plane models.
  • 12 New Music Tracks

To see if you can play the new expansion, check out the minimum system requirements for PC:

  • 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

By the way, a free major update is also arriving when the expansion is launched. Hearts of Iron IV is available on PC.

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