Fulfill Your Quest For Global Domination Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire.
User reviews: Very Positive (9,557 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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Includes 20 items: Europa Universalis IV, Europa Universalis IV: American Dream, Europa Universalis IV: Call-to-Arms Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Colonial British and French Unit pack, Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise, Europa Universalis IV: Conquistadors Unit pack, Europa Universalis IV: Digital Extreme Edition Upgrade Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Indian Ships Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Indian Subcontinent Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Muslim Advisor Portraits, Europa Universalis IV: Muslim Ships Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: National Monuments II, Europa Universalis IV: Native Americans II Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Native Americans Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Pre-Order Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Republican Music Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica, Europa Universalis IV: Songs of the New World, Europa Universalis IV: Trade Nations Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations

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April 16

Europa Universalis IV - Development Diary April 16th 2015

Johan is talking about Theocracies and Government Ranks over at the official forums!

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March 26

1.11.4 HOTFIX - Checksum 63fd

New hotfix, mainly to try and address reported performance issues.

1.11.4:
- Major optimization work done to AI and gamestate, should hopefully help for users that are reporting performance issues
- Fixed a bug where you would be counted as being an ally in war with another country despite not being at war at all
- Seven Cities: Fixed Quivira ultimate end event not working correctly due to bad scope scripting
- Fixed CTD occuring on integration caused by integrated country having 'empty' armies and navies
- AI: Now picks exploration ideas more frequently in random setup
- Fixed bug where date could be changed after loading a save game.
- Fixed another case where occupying just the coalition leader could lead to 100% warscore
- Fixed an issue where religious AI would 'freeze', ceasing all conversions until save was reloaded
- Fixed an issue where the AI would make suicidal declarations of war due to miscalculating on whether enemy allies would join
- Better default adjectives for Custom and Dynamic Random nations
- Improved tooltips for liberty desire
- It is no longer possible to add Custom Nations to Ironman save games.

1.11.3:
- More fixes to dynasties for Women in History events
- Coalition leader no longer gets increased War Enthusiasm if enemy warscore is 50% or more
- Being defeated by rebels no longer always gives +5 army tradition.
- Fixed an issue where users without El Dorado would constantly receive messages about treasure fleets arriving with 0 gold
- Fixed CTD in rebel factions caused by loading several saves after each other
- Fixed a bug where explorers would get stuck after reloading an ironman save while they were on an exploration mission
- Custom nation ships should no longer have rebel flags
- Maya collapsing should no longer release UPCA under ANY circumstances
- Terrain modifiers for fort defense now work correctly
- Marches now count less towards total power of vassals for the purpose of calculating Liberty Desire.
- Nations supporting independence now only increases liberty desire for vassals they are supporting and their allies.

1.11.2:
- Fixed revolutionary tricolors being all-white
- Splitting off a siege stack no longer puts general in the wrong stack
- Another fix to try and force clients who could not see Women in History to download the files

1.11.1:
- Doubled horde gold & tradition gain from looting.
- The Women in History DLC should now show up correctly in the launcher for everyone.
- Fixed various minor issues with dynasties, triggers and duplicate characters in the Women in History events.
- Ships no longer show manpower needed in reinforcement tooltip when not modded to cost manpower.
- remove_opinion and reverse_remove_opinion effects now work again.
- Random New World no longer crashes on start.
- Naval exploration slowed down. There's a new define SEA_EXPLORE_SPEED to control this.
- Treasure fleet tooltip will be immediately updated on tag change rather than at month's end, to prevent confusion.
- Fixed wrong custom colors for units after loading save game.
- Fixed male heirs sometimes getting female names in Custom Nations.
- Fixed Colonial nations of custom nations ruled by a succession of regency councils.
- Fixed CTD when creating client states from Custom or Dynamic Nations.
- Fixed assigning merchant to main trading port removes caravan trade power.
- Fixed Detach Siege can remove general if detaching army was too small.
- Fixed wrong custom colors for units after loading save game.
- Fixed Dynamic nations losing all flag colors after save (colors will be randomized if loading a save created before the fix).
- Natives can no longer rise up in uncolonized provinces taken by custom nation.
- Fixed a bug that was preventing the AI from exploring ocean provinces.
- Fixed a bug where female advisors would not be correctly saved as female on saving & reloading.
- Fixed meso/south american theologians having Western portraits
- Added missing localization for colonial nation names.
- Tweaked army tradition gain so that you gain some tradition even from crushing victories (you still get more for more even battles though)
- Fixed some cases where liberty desire still did not show on topbar for subjects.
- Fixed some missing localisations for colonial nations.

Furthermore, Tunis must be destroyed.

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Reviews

“A hallmark of excellence.”
9,5/10 – Destructoid

“Europa Universalis IV is a masterwork of a strategy game.”
91/100 & Editors Choice – PC Gamer

“Complex and rewarding strategizing makes the fourth game in the Europa Universalis dynasty shine.”
9/10 & Editors Choice – Gamespot

Digital Extreme Edition

The Digital Extreme Edition includes the following:

  • STAR AND CRESCENT - 50 new Muslim themed event pictures, as well as several new events for the Muslim nations
  • HORSEMEN OF THE CRESCENT UNIT PACK - 12 unique cavalry modes for the Ottoman, Mamluk, and Persian nations. This enhances the visual experience of EUIV.
  • CONQUEST OF CONSTANTINOPLE MUSIC PACK - 3 tracks containing 10 new minutes of music masterly composed by Andreas Waldetoft

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About This Game

Fulfill Your Quest For Global Domination

Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire. Rule your nation through the centuries, with unparalleled freedom, depth and historical accuracy. True exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy will be brought to life in this epic title rife with rich strategic and tactical depth.

Main Features


  • Make your own decisions: Nation building is completely flexible and the possibilities are endless.
  • Use your Monarch Power: Experience the new system of monarch power where your choices are influenced by the caliber of the man or woman you have at the top and will direct the ebb and flow of gameplay.
  • Experience history coming to life: The great personalities of the past are on hand to support you as you make your mark on thousands of historical events.
  • Turn the world into your playground: Enjoy hundreds of years of gameplay in a lush topographical map complete with dynamic seasonal effects.
  • Experience the all new trade system: The trade system adds a new dimension to the great trade empires of the period. Gain control of vital trade routes and make the wealth of the world flow to your coffers.
  • Bring out your negotiating skills in a deeper diplomatic system: Use coalitions, royal marriages and support for rebels and explore the possibilities of the new unilateral opinion system.
  • Engage in Cross-platform Multiplayer: Battle against your friends or try the co-operative multiplayer mode that allows several players to work together to control a single nation with up to 32 players. Featuring hotjoin, improved chat, new matchmaking servers and support for a standalone servers.
  • Create your own history & customize your game: Europa Universalis IV gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire and uses Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz eller AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb video memory required
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X- compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 1024mb video memory recommended
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X-compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
Helpful customer reviews
1,643 of 1,823 people (90%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
1,455.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
France annexes half of Spain and everyones cool with it. I take 2 provinces from pommerania and it sparks a world war.

10/10 would cry again
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1,311 of 1,457 people (90%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
258.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
For some reason, all the teachers in school acted like genocide, imperialism, and exploitation of indiginous peoples was a bad thing.

They were wrong.
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361 of 371 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
110.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Never thought that a strategy game would be the most thrilling gaming experience I have.

But scrupulous, hour long planning and carefully forging alliances and marriages, while keeping an eye on which direction rival countries are sending their diplomats to, because one wrong move can turn your plans to dust, is much more addictive than you might think. The relief you feel, after a long term plan of yours is finally set into successful motion, is not describable.

One of the few games where careful planning and thinking is actually rewarded. No simple rock-paper-scissors battles like in other strategy games. Even though my enemy may have the bigger and more advanced army, I might have won the war through logistics already.

Everything that needs to be said about this game, has actually been said already, but I just can't pass on the chance to show my appreciation for it. I'm +90hrs in, and I'm still finding new ways to play this game, everytime I start it up. It's complex, deep and rewards the player that thinks on a larger scale. One of the best purchases I made in years.
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331 of 347 people (95%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
177.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
There is a button in EUIV that allows you to "change culture" in a province. It costs Diplomatic power based on how deeply rooted the culture is in that province, and once it is completed you will have instilled your nation's primary culture in the province. The game tells you that the benefits of having your nation's culture in all of your provinces include higher taxes received from your citizens, and lower risk of revolts. So, of course you click the button. Who wouldn't want that?

What you may not realize is that by clicking that button, you are not introducing the local people to your nation's way of life. You are systematically wiping that culture off the map. You begin the slaughter of an entire people.

Genocide is literally a click away. And you, as a leader, don't even give it a second thought.

That is the kind of power you experience firsthand in this game.

10/10 would destroy an entire people and their way of life again.
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1,415 of 1,627 people (87%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
2,879.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Umm.. Look how many hours I have played....
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983 of 1,119 people (88%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
249.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Oppressing Natives and killing the French is generally illegal these days. This game is my only way of fulfilling my true hobbies.

10/10 its ok
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799 of 904 people (88%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
495.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
In Europa Universalis IV you play a powerful sorcerer that acts as the "guiding hand" for the nation. The spells you cast draw on three mana pools: Paper Mana, Bird Mana, and Sword Mana. Bird mana is used to make peace deals, genocide cultures, and stop your people from whining about war weariness. Paper mana, in combination with a gold sacrifice, can be used to cast construction spells, in addition to making a province you gained two years ago a core part of your nation somehow. Sword mana is used for enchanting rebel factions to keep them in line. You generate mana for these pools by sucking the life essence from your monarch and his cabinet of advisors. Be careful, though, as the ones that generate the most mana tend to die rather quickly. You'll frequently see your 6/4/5 monarch die by age 30.

You'll notice that most of the spells are involved with either war or keeping your people from whining about war. Don't worry, that's by design. There's nothing to do if you aren't at war.

10/10 it's okay
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403 of 437 people (92%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
308.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
The King of Naples annulled our royal marriage.

I annulled his kingdom.

8/8 m8
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235 of 240 people (98%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
380.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
*Takes semi-small nation, builds functioning and prosperous empire*
*France declares war*
*starts new game*
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887 of 1,032 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
341.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Basically a map colouring simulator where genocide, slavery and exploitation of natives in America and Africa is encouraged.

12/10 would remove kebab again.
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1,148 of 1,388 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
345.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
I masturbate to maps now.
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607 of 728 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
474.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I used to live a productive life.
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436 of 513 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
343.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
I have played this game over 20 hours more than Dark Souls, which was my most played steam game for a long time, so it's 20 hours better, even though I don't know what 1 hours equals in review points. At least it has a higher metahour score in my library. This the Dark Souls of Grand Strategy Games, since you need a Dark Soul to play it, at least in MP.

If you don't recommend this review I will have to annex you
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385 of 456 people (84%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
223.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Two words. NORWEGIAN BRAZIL.

15/10
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154 of 162 people (95%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
383.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
"10/10 Great Storyline" - IGN

"Best FPS of the year" - Game Informer

"9/10 massive immersive historical world was ok" - Pizza Hut

"Like Skyrim with guns" - Barack Obama
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353 of 421 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
616.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
I wouldn't recommend this game because it brutally murdered my social life.
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164 of 180 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
103.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
ITS LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DEFEAT FRANCE AS ENGLAND.

I
HATE
FRANCE.
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151 of 166 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
127.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Of course I recommend it. If you plan on buying just one game and playing it until your death, this is arguably the best choice.

A must for history and strategy lovers.
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175 of 200 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
795.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Bringing Shamanism to Protestant England in 1550.

10/10
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245 of 296 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3,107.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Painting map simulator 2014+1.
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