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Hearts of Iron IV - By Blood Alone set to release on September 27th

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After being announced back in June, we now actually have a release date for the latest Hearts of Iron IV expansion from Paradox with By Blood Alone coming on September 27th. By Blood Alone centers the political and military fortunes of Italy. The historical path, as always, is open to those who want to relive the dramatic years before and during the war. Alternatively, players can engineer the end of Mussolini's rule through a socialist revolution or a strong monarchy.

Just like other Paradox games and as usual for HoI, a free update for all players will be live at the same time.

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Features:

  • New 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 replacing Mussolini with one of a variety of new contenders.
  • 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, 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

You can buy Hearts of Iron IV on Humble Store and Steam. The expansion will cost $19.99 / £15.49 / €19.99.

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TheSHEEEP 24 Aug
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Italy getting a real focus tree?
What?!

Definitely an out of season april fools joke.
I always love the look of the Hearts of Iron games.... But I dont have a spare 87 years to learn how to play these games.....
TheSHEEEP 24 Aug
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Quoting: StoneColdSpiderI always love the look of the Hearts of Iron games.... But I dont have a spare 87 years to learn how to play these games.....
Eh, it just took me about 10-20 hours to get the basics.

I mean... "just".
Definitely worth the time investment, though, as you can then get hundreds of hours more out of these games, especially with mods.

Honestly, it's not really more complex than something like Rimworld.
The difference is that all of the complexity is front-loaded, because you get all the systems to deal with from the get-go.
You also really don't need to understand everything.
For example, I have hundreds of hours in the game and still no clue how naval stuff really works. I just build two types of ships doing two types of things (minelayers and general purpose destroyers) and that seems to always do the trick. If I bother with navy at all to begin with.

My suggestion would be to NOT start with a large nation, but a small one that sits in relative safety.
That way, you can focus on only a few things to begin with (you won't have the resources for more, anyway).
Easier to learn, that way.


Last edited by TheSHEEEP on 24 August 2022 at 9:01 am UTC
officernice 25 Aug
Quoting: StoneColdSpiderI always love the look of the Hearts of Iron games.... But I dont have a spare 87 years to learn how to play these games.....

I've just watched Quill18 on YouTube and learned how to play Paradox games from him. It doesn't take that long, and it's been worth it for me. It's so chill to just sit back with a strategy game, put on a record or two and let it roll. :)
ssj17vegeta 25 Aug
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Quoting: StoneColdSpiderI always love the look of the Hearts of Iron games.... But I dont have a spare 87 years to learn how to play these games.....

I've just watched Quill18 on YouTube and learned how to play Paradox games from him. It doesn't take that long, and it's been worth it for me. It's so chill to just sit back with a strategy game, put on a record or two and let it roll. :)

This. Don't know about this specific youtuber, but Youtube tutorials have been what I needed for about all Paradox games when I started them, from EU4's commerce system to HOI4 battle plans/logistics/etc.

Please don't miss out and spend 20 minutes on a tutorial Youtube video, you won't regret it ! (your wallet could, though)
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