By Blood Alone

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By Blood Alone

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Release date / Patch
TBD / 1.12

Store: Expansion

By Blood Alone is the 5th expansion for Hearts of Iron IV. It was announced on 2022-06-07[1]. The expansion coincides with patch 1.12.

Expansion features[edit | edit source]

Build a new empire, resist foreign aggression or explore the limits of neutrality in Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone. This new expansion adds new alternate history options and gameplay variety for three nations, as well as other significant changes.

Features include:

  • New Flag of Italy Italian Focus Tree: Follow the historical path of Mussolini’s Italy or rewrite history by restoring power to the monarchy, leading a Communist revolution or promoting democracy.
  • New Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopian Focus Tree: Defy the odds to defeat the Italian invader or resist the conqueror from abroad using unique Government in Exile abilities.
  • New Flag of Switzerland Swiss Focus Tree: Surrounded by France, Germany and Italy, the mountain nation of Switzerland finds strength in its 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, or claim control of enemy resources or factories as reparations.
  • Aircraft Designer: Design and build your own planes, from nimble interceptors that prioritize speed to durable bombers crafted to unload tons of destruction from high above.
  • Unit Medals: A log of each division’s accomplishments lets you track their performance, and even allows you to award unique medals to division commanders for their actions in the field.
  • Embargo Interaction: Embargo your enemies with a new diplomatic interaction, preventing them from trading with you if they have generated enough world tension.
  • New Unit Models: Over 20 new unit models for Italy, Ethiopia, and Switzerland
  • New Plane Models: 67 new plane models
  • 12 New Music Tracks

Videos[edit | edit source]

Cinematic trailers[edit | edit source]

By Blood Alone: Announcement trailer. Explore a variety of alternate histories. New focus trees for Italy, Ethiopia and Switzerland open a number of possible paths. You'll also be able to design your own warplanes as you conquer the skies.

Developer diaries[edit | edit source]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the By Blood Alone expansion and patch 1.12 (aka Avalanche).

Patch 1.12 (Avalanche)
No. Title and Link Description Date
6 Developer Diary | Switzerland #1 A look at the historical branch of the Swiss focus tree. 2022-06-22
5 Developer Diary | Italy #1 A look at the common and historical branches of the updated Italian focus tree. 2022-06-15
4 Announcement | Hearts of Iron 4: By Blood Alone Announcement for the upcoming By Blood Alone expansion, teasing content for Italy, Ethiopia, Switzerland, a plane designer and divisional commanders. 2022-06-07
3 Naval Rebalance | Designer Corner Goals and implementation plans for naval rebalance. 2022-06-01
2 Air Changes | Developer Corner Open discussion for changes to Air management and combat. 2022-05-18
1 Designer Corner: Peace Conference Open discussion for changes to peace conferences. 2022-05-04

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