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 (9,993 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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May 28

Europa Universalis IV - Development Diary 28th of May 2015



Good day,

Today Johan will go over subject interactions in the latest Development Diary for Common Sense, which will release on June 9th!

EU4 - Development Diary 28th of May 2015


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May 21

Europa Universalis IV - Development Diary 21st May 2015



Greetings!

In the words of Johan:
"Hello everyone and welcome to another development diary about Europa Universalis. This time we have a feature for Common Sens, that is so large that it is spread over two weeks of development diaries. It is how we interact with your subject states..."

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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
405 of 425 people (95%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
437.9 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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573 of 626 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
310.9 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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216 of 232 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
152.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
♥♥♥♥ off france
- every nation in EU4
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148 of 156 people (95%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,371.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I still haven't finished a game.
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249 of 287 people (87%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
2,970.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
it's ok
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147 of 156 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,165.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
1) Build an army and conquer your neighbours!
2) Discover that your new neighbours actually hate you for that and made a coalition to stop you, the bloodthirsty tyrant!
3) Conquer them too
4) Find out that you overextended. A bit too much.
5) Watch your empire crumble to the limitless amount of rebels that outnumber your entire population and witness the fall of the comet that instantly destabilizes your realm
6) Experience butthurt

Modern politics simulator 2015, 10/10, would annex again
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139 of 150 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
894.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
I swear to GOD if you ask me ONE MORE TIME austria ill shove this unlawful territory up your holy roman REAR
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124 of 131 people (95%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
113.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Okay Lets See What I Have Achieved So Far:
Performed Mass Genocide To All That Refused The Swedish Culture
Made Sweden The Religion It Should Be (Shamanism)
Conquered Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Prussia, Austria, Denmark, Norway, And France As Sweden
Found The Colonial Nation Of Numa Numa Land In North America
Betrayed My Friends
Sent Political Prisoners To The Swedish Siberian Work Camps
Somehow Managed To Reclaim The Glorius Land Of Jerusalem That Totally Belongs To The Shamanist Land Of Sweden
Managed To Cause A world War That Went On For 157 Years Because Of My Shamanist Crusades
Befriended Native Americans And Then Performed Mass Genocide Once More
Prevented The French Revolution And The American Revolution
Became Besties With The Muslims And Jihadists
Forced Shamanism On Most Of Europe, Asia, And The Middle East

10/10 Would Break History Again

As Of Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 4:15 PM EST, NOTE TO SELF: Befriending The Incan Civilization Will Shake The World... Somehow the Incans adopted all my technology in very short timing and managed to conquer South America, North America, (YES EVEN MY BELOVED NUMA NUMA LAND), And Africa... A coalition of the mighty Swedish Empire, The Greek Empire, And The Swiss Empire is currently having trouble keeping the Pagans at bay... My allies are in shambles, but SWEDEN WILL NOT FALL... NOW FOR WRATH, NOW FOR RUIN, AND FOR A RED DAWN.... (Something like that from Lord Of The Rings).... A combined force of few hundred Swedish Calvarymen combined to form and attack the Incan Invasion Force... The Swedish Royal Army Of Cavalry was surrounded and used Holstein as an Alamo... They fought bravely to the last man and did not give up ever.... The Pagans were driven back by a total of 557 cannons and 1042.3 infantry... The war rages on as of right now... Who will be victorious? Only My Shamanist Gods Know...
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165 of 186 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2,225.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Played it a little bit, seems all right.
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129 of 140 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
138.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
In this game there are these things called 'blobs'. Some blobs grow big, others dissapear, but, overall, seeing the blobs fight is fun. You control a blob of a certain color, and lead it to absorb all other blobs in the process. There is this 'blue blob' called France, that, when eaten, is the greatest feeling one can get. The more blobs you eat, the more still living blobs will go against you, feeding you in the process. All blobs have advantages and disadvantages, unless if your an American blob, then your just ♥♥♥♥ed.
10/10
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129 of 141 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
556.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
You can watch your ambitions crushed in million different ways.

10/10
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260 of 320 people (81%) found this review helpful
356 people found this review funny
434.3 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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89 of 94 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
481.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Played as the Native Americans, put Europeans in reservations. 10/10
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94 of 101 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
702.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Greece started a Jihad against Circassia.

10/10
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88 of 95 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
In this game I learn more about europe history than in school. 10/10 would waste your lifetime
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80 of 85 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
732.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Imagine a world where its not against the law to be a racist, intolerant ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and exploit the ♥♥♥♥ out of ethnic and religious minorities. Imagine a world where white people have the power, and they really don't give 2 ♥♥♥♥♥ about anybody else. Now stop imagining. Buy Europa Universalis 4. Once you get tired of playing as the white men, you can play as some Arabs in Andalucia and reconquer the Iberian Peninsula for Islam, or play as some Central American savages and sacrifice all the Europeans to your Pagan gods, or even conquer Moscow and Rome as some filthy Turks. Then you can play as a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ little Animist nation in Okinawa and conquer the world. If you are in college or high school, laugh as all the plebs in your class struggle to find the Bosphorus strait, or the Bavarian city of Ulm, or the Iraqi city of Basra while you can find that in a couple of seconds. Laugh when your classmates have never heard of the Pragmatic Sanction, or the Edict of Nantes, or the 80 years war. Seriously. Buy the game. You won't be sorry.
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
786.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
It's fun for the first 500 hours...

After that, you know, it's still kinda fun.
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44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
316.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
This game is a hell of a lot better than Civilization. I've been playing it for... I don't know how long, a few weeks. From the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep, eating between wars, literally dreaming about my kingdom and after about 200 hours of gameplay I haven't got tired of it yet.

But perhaps you'd like to hear a story. Maybe a tale of woe, of blood and vengeance...

Austria, 1653. IronMan mode.

My king was yet another re*ard in a long line of mentally challenged Habsburgs. Administration was difficult for he didn't know how to count from 0 to 10 by the age of 46. Pen and paper were alien artifacts for him. He considered burping after a meal with international envoys a diplomatic act. He loved guns but couldn't fathom how to work a trigger. As soon as he turned 15, he became a General. A good one... I'm kidding, he was terrible. That one star was far too much for him...

So, as a good christian overlord, I was patient... and spent 30 years trying to kill him, spearheading the "special" monarch into the most challenging battles. Soon, I started to fear he had been blessed with immortality to compensate for his almighty uselessness. The damned French on my western border had a 6/4/6 sadist on its throne. My neighbour's lawn was greener than mine. I was desperate.

Hence came the time when I, the Holy Roman Emperor, enacted a cursed reform that wouldn't allow me to wage war against the Empire's members anymore, bringing my struggle towards unifying the HRE almost to a halt. But I had hope in my heart, for if no tragedy happened and I managed to keep peace, the 170 years left to play should be enough for me to gather 150 Imperial Autorithy points to fulfill my objective. I had 3 provinces left under foreign rule still waiting for the taking, and that would guarantee my success. So I demanded what was rightfully mine.

I went to war against my oldest friend and ally, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Again. They were so scared of me that even with their half-russian-size territory they didn't put up a fight. Not one, literally, while I went on rampaging through their territory. I needed one more point for them to accept my peace offer and return the Empire's provinces when it happened...

They sent forth a 62 regiments battalion against me, a 3 star general leading it. They didn't stand a chance against my 130 regiments unit, of course, which was about half my army at that time. The battle went on for less than a month before... my f****** s** of a b**** piece of s*** excuse for a King died in it. Okay, I was happy for a moment... but no, it turns out those weren't good news, because...

With his death, for the first time mind you, I lost the elections for being the next Emperor. I didn't get the 10 Imperial Authority bonus. A few days (or seconds) later, after the previously mentioned battle was won and so was the war, the Empire's territories were proudly returned by me. And I didn't get any authority for returning them. The new Emperor, the 15 year old King of a single-province useless kingdom, laughed at me. I felt it, I swear. I'll remember that moment until the day I die.

So after about 10 minutes screaming at my computer and one more hour cursing inside my head, I recovered my sanity once again, kept it cool, and decided to wipe the Holy Roman Empire from the face of the Earth. I'm halfway there, but the more than a million rebel soldiers spawning everywhere across my kingdom are delaying my war efforts. Still, I shall have my vengeance.

Sorry, I just had to put that out there. A 15 year old Saxe-Lauenburgian kid as the Holy Emperor... what a joke. I'll give him his first shave with an axe... or maybe with a cannonball...

EDIT:

With inhuman effort and, of course, the help of God himself (thank you, Pope) I reverted my situation and unified the Empire. Now, in 1753, from Hungary to the borders of Spain, Europe is under my rule.

But why does it matter, you ask? Because that means if I had been born in 1444 there would have been no World War I, this review would be written in german (or maybe we would have brought latin back), and my grandson¹³² would rule Earth. Knowing that, I can finally sleep in peace. I feel my entire life had a meaning... and now a whole new purpose: to play Castile next. (After becoming a junior partner in a Personal Union under Spain, winning my independence alone against them and England, vassalizing the Ottomans and succumbing to a Civil War caused by the sudden, premature death of my first independent king [by poisoning, I suspect] made me give up on returning my westernized Byzantium to it's former glory... by the 17th century again, obviously the worst hundred of years in human history)
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,405.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I do not regret a single second that I have spent getting slapped around by europeans.
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43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
24 units of my infantry couldn't kill 2 units of infantry from Portugal.
No tech differences. No terrain factors.
10/10
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