Hearts of Iron IV, Paradox Interactive's best-selling grand strategy game, gets even grander and more strategic today. The By Blood Alone expansion, released today, allows players to push the limits of their military genius and long-term planning.

At the heart of By Blood Alone are the much-requested aircraft designer, who builds interceptors and bombers to the player's imagination, and three new national focus trees. These make room for an even greater variety of alternative storylines, whether playing as Ethiopia successfully fending off the Europeans or instigating a communist revolution in wartime Italy.

Free upgrade to accompany the release

As usual, this release of By Blood Alone is accompanied by a major free update to Hearts of Iron IV, available to anyone who owns the game. Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone is available now for a suggested retail price of $19,99.

There are a few new features in Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone, including an Italian focus tree. Alternate histories of fascist Italy, including a socialist revolution. Also an Ethiopian focus tree: players will brave the odds and defeat the Italian conqueror or resist the invader using the unique abilities of a government-in-exile. Surrounded by France, Germany and Italy, the mountain nation of Switzerland also finds its strength in its neutrality, balancing between competing factions and offers from the great powers.

Players demilitarize individual zones or entire nations. They bid on the capital ships of defeated powers or claim control of enemy resources or factories as reparations. Players design and build their own aircraft. From agile interceptors that prioritize speed to resilient bombers that drop tons of destruction from great heights.

A log of each department's performance allows players to track their performance and even award medals to those who did particularly well. With the new Diplomatic Interaction, players can now embargo their enemies, preventing them from trading with them, once the enemies have generated enough world tension.

Something is happening visually: More than 20 new unit models for the Italian, Ethiopian and Swiss armies. in addition there are 67 new aircraft models. And there are twelve new music tracks for your ears.

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