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.
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September 27

1.18 Balance Changes



Hello everyone and welcome to another Europa Universalis development diary. This time we’ll take a look at the most important balance changes for 1.18, with a quick explanation on why we did them..

Setup

  • Lucky nations are now down to 8, sorry Poland, Brandenburg & Sweden.
The balance of having 10 lucky nations made the likelihood of a strong Russia too uncommon for us, and especially having those 3 as likely lucky nations was too much for Muscowy.

  • Lots of National Ideas have been changed, but most importantly Knights lost their tolerance for heretics, but can instead do slave raids.
As usual, we keep changing the ideas as we add new functionality, and giving people new abilities. There was a rather large following for giving the Knights access to Slave Raiding, as they were rather fearsome pirates, so they gained that ability.


Navies
  • If you have a port, now you get at least 5 sailors per month.
This was also requested, as some nations with 1 port just could never get any sailors at all.

  • Ships now engage in a priority order from heavy, galley, light to transport, up to a maximum of the engagement width (for which heavies count as 3 rather than 1).
This creates a more interesting naval combat experience, as you’ll all notice on October 11th.


Espionage
  • Reworked foreign spy detection & counter espionage. Counter espionage have less impact on discovery, but both now impact the spy network buildup of the target in your nation.
Basically, being able to defend against spy activities is now possible, even if stopping them entirely might be impossible.

  • Reduced unrest and Republican Tradition impact from Sowing discontent spy action
And many tears have been shed over this ….

  • Spy network bonuses will now apply to the target's subjects.
No more micromanagement and extra hassle! Rejoice!


Subjects
  • Breaking vassalage with a vassal that has over 50% in liberty desire no longer gives a relation penalty.
In the “duh?” category right?

  • Increased Liberty Desire from tariffs, up to 50% LD at 100% tariffs
Tariffs are no longer no-brainers to increase..

  • Colonial nations only lose half the money the overlord is getting in tariffs.
But this makes it so you can’t cripple your colonial nations..

  • Large colonial nations now gives you +5 land force limit each
And now you also want LARGE colonial nations :) ie, buffing Portugal..

  • There is now a scaled penalty to Liberty Desire up to +25% at max Mercantilism.
Aka, the longer the game goes, the more likely subjects get rebellious.

  • Vassals fighting each others (i.e. in Japan) now always accept Enforce Peace requests of overlord, but all vassals except the defending peace target get +10 Liberty Desire.
More power to the Emperor! or.. The Shogun!

  • All subjects now get reduced AE from your actions, not just vassals & marches.
No longer will your union-partners hate you for conquering their cores!

  • Subjects now have land and naval access to other subjects of the same overlord.
No longer will your subjects units get stuck!


Religion
  • Patriarch Authority no longer reduces tax income.
It all belongs to Mother Russia!. Sorry, I meant all orthodox nations..

  • Sanction Commercial Monopoly now costs 50 PI, instead of 100.
And we boost Catholics!

  • Defender of Faith now gives you +10 opinion of all with that religion.
Clearly this was our most important tweak in 1.18.

  • Theocracies, especially the Papal State, have an increased alliance acceptance penalty towards different religions now.
  • When you change religion as a Monastic order, Devotion is now decreased to the resulting Religious unity
These above are in the “this will improve immersion while improving the balance”-category.



Forts
  • If you are enter battle while in an enemy province with a fort, you will be treated as the attacker in battle and incur that province's terrain penalties.
Building forts is now a strategic decision. Where can you stop your enemies the best?

  • Penalty for not occupying forts in an area will no longer apply if the enemy does not control any forts in the area.
This will make it possible to sign a peace that you as a player likes far easier.


Misc
  • There is now an increase in efficiency of embargoes for a nation scaled by its Mercantilism up to +50%.
This is also another change that makes Mercantilism more powerful, while at the same time improving immersion.

  • Trade Companies is now open to all technology groups.
With the new technology changes, this just makes sense. However, you can not have trade-companies on the same continent as your capital.

  • All countries should now have access to at least one skill 2 advisor at start.
Just for you to have a choice!

  • You can no longer move capital to a continent that has less than a third of your total provinces, unless your capital is the last province you own on its continent.
There were a few exploits where you could swap continents back and forth a few times, that this solves.


Technology

We already talked about the changes to technology in a previous development diary, but here is a quick recap!

  • In 1444, all non-tribal nations start without tech penalties.
  • Primitive Status is now tied to starting techgroups.
  • Institutions will appear in certain provinces at key dates and spread from province to province.
  • Once 10% of your development has this Institution present, you can embrace that Institution for a monetary cost scaled on how much that institution has spread throughout your nation
  • If you have not embraced an Institution, you will have a tech penalty. This penalty grows by 1% each year up to a maximum of 50% penalty per non-embraced institution.
  • American Natives reforming their religion gain all the institutions from their advanced neighbour
  • Many existing ideas have been altered to give faster Institution spread and cheaper embracement costs.
  • Increasing development in provinces will also boost institution presence in that province

Culture

Cultures were also mentioned in a previous development diary, but here is a quick recap.
  • Cultures are now promoted manually, and any culture of at least 20 development can be promoted for 100 DIP.
  • All nations can promote 2 cultures in addition to their primary culture, and additional cultures can be promoted from ideas and Diplomatic technology
  • Old modifiers to Accepted culture Threshold now affect number of promoted cultures
  • Promoted cultures can be Demoted. This will give +5 unrest in all provinces of that culture

Stay tuned, next week we’ll show off new achievements and national ideas..

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September 22

Older features getting a face-lift in 1.18


Hello everyone, and welcome to another development diary for Europa Universalis IV. This time we take a deep look at something different we’re doing for 1.18. This time we are adding and improving features to four different older expansions.


First our is a new feature for Mare Nostrum, called Create Trading City! Now the Merchant Republics that has a Trade League will be able to create a new one-province-minor out of one of their provinces. This new nation will become independent, but part of their Trade League, and they will never leave that Trade League on their own. A Trading City is created from the province view like Client States are. You can decide upon name, shield and color just like creating them.


An AI Trading City will not expand, and there can only be one Trading City in each Trade Node for a Trade League. The government form of a Trading City is a republic with +33% Caravan Power & +10% Trade Efficiency.



The second feature is for El Dorado, where we have improved the Nation Designer. In 1.18, if you own both Rights of Man and El Dorado, you will now be able to define which personalities your ruler and heir has from the start.



The third feature is for Common Sense where we replace a feature that was obsolete, the Pause Westernisation option. Instead, owners of Common Sense will be able to have a better control of their institution spread when they increase development in a province. Increasing a 30 development city by 1, gives +5 to Institution Progress of the oldest institution not present in the province. It scales to +10 at 60 development, and down to +0.5 in a 3 development rural backwater.



And our fourth feature mentioned today Random New World from Conquest of Paradise. In 1.18 we’re adding lots of new tiles, increasing the total by over 37%. There are some tiles that are big enough to be a double-continent, like this familiar and fun territory. This tile was created by community member [USER=720610]@Elzephor[/user] !



Of course, we’ve done quite a bit of bug-fixing, balancing and AI improvement to previous features. Next week, [SIZE=6]On TUESDAY[/size], we’ll talk about launcher and multiplayer improvements.

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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

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 improved chat and new matchmaking 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

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    Minimum:
    • OS: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: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
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
702.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
My parents attitude towards Me: Hostile
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57 of 77 people (74%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4,077.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I have not yet experienced eveything this game has to offer, but love it so far.
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146 of 232 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
217.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
EU IV, the new Train simulator.

I love it, but the DLCs are too many and too costly. Stop being greedy Paradox.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
240.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I recommend this game 11/10
Pros:
-you get to learn history
-you can play as any nation that existed in the period from 1444 to 1821
-you get eaten by France
-you get eaten by Ottomans
-you get eaten by any nation that is bigger than you if you have no allies
-10/10 would get eaten again because i ♥♥♥♥ up because of one minor decision
-if you don't ♥♥♥♥ up you can eat everyone else
Cons:
-you might lose your life
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41 of 64 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
267.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
I have never reviewed a game prior to this, but can't help have a bit of a moan about Paradox.

Whilst I love this game and most of the genre, HOI, Crusader Kings and the EU series.The engine is much the same as previous versions of the game. I am not asking Paradox to to reinvent the wheel every time they release a new version, and whilst a real effort is made to improve the game at each iteration, not only do you have to pay full price for each game, despite owning previous ones, you are expected to buy the DLC just to make the game work the way it should have in the first place.

I checked today, during a sale where there is a 66% reduction in the cost of DLC, it would still cost me an additional £63.00 to get it all and I already have 23 DLC's, bringing what I have spent on the game to well over £140, that's insane. Without the sale it would have cost £189.00 what the **** Paradox. People complain about the likes of WOT or Stronghold Kingdoms being pay to play games, but at the very least they are honest.

Whilst I really enjoy this kind of strategy and Paradox are streets ahead in this type of game, I just can't recommend it because of the all the DLC that's required to make it complete.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
647.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
>start as Muscovites
>chill round, roflstomp everyone
>decent generals rolling in
>form Russia
>Poland-Lithuania rather calm that round, wonder why
>look over to Europe
>Austria didn't conquer anything?
>click on Austria
>"Under personal union"
>France
>JesusChrist.jpg
>50 years later, Half of Europe is blue
>rushing to expand to Alaska
>100 years later, only thing standing between me and France is the Commonwealth
>watch a wicked war between the two
>decide to go to sleep
>wake up
>start game up
>new DLC
>Savefile corrupted

I recommend.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
165.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
A fantastic game with amazing depth being run into the ground by the greed of its developers. Sooooo many dlcs and so expensive which offer lesser and lesser content. Also they basically force you to buy the dlc because even if u dont own the dlc the ai in ur game has all its features and u r at a disadvantage
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
508.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Extremely addicting, extremely fun, but with a hefty price.

While not on sale the game and all of the core DLC will currently run you 154.91 USD and much, much more if you decide to pick up all of the additional content packs.

That being said, I’m going to give you my opinion of the DLC system they’ve chosen for this game. If you want an opinion on just the game, you will not find that here, go read someone elses review for that, however, this is still an important read as the game is worthless without the DLC.

New Content: The game has grown significantly since it’s release, the game is much, much better and more complex than it was then. This is part of the reason that the game has been kept so alive as well, if you’re finally getting bored of the game, they drop new features on you and you feel like you’re playing through a whole new experience. Yet, there is a con to this, and that is when you're going for achievements, there's many that because of the changes to the game are much more difficult to unlock than they were before.

Free Content: Every DLC, free content in a patch is dropped alongside it. This one SHOULD be an argument for the DLC rather than against, but sadly it cannot be. While you are locked out of DLC features, the AI in your game is not, adding a disadvantage and annoyance to the game. On top of that, sometimes features are essentailly replaced with a new paid feature, meaing sometimes you are essentially locked out of the ability to do things that you could before.

Content Packs: This part is pretty BS, so when they drop a DLC instead of dropping the content packs as part of the DLC, they charge you separately at a pretty large price, now this isn’t as bull as the Total War franchise as this does not lock you out of playing as any countries and this stuff is a hundred percent aesthetic. Also, you can download mods to do the same exact thing as the content packs, replacing the look of troops, portraits or adding new music.

DLC In Multiplayer: This feature is great, when you are in a multiplayer game only the host has to own the DLC and then everyone playing in that lobby has access to it. This means that if you have any friends with all the DLC and plan to play with them, you only need to purchase the base game and that’s it.

Still Getting A Bang For Your Buck: As you’ll see looking through these reviews, lots of people have hundreds or thousands of hours in the game, so even after spending 154.91 USD you still come out positive in a dollar per hour system.

Constantly On Sale: The base game and dlc all go on sale very often, so I’d recommend picking them up then, you can easily cut that 154.91 USD into about 50 USD, however, this still does not excuse the game, as when a new DLC drops you have to wait months if you want to pick it up at a discounted price.

I highly recommend this game, especially if you have friends who are into it. The DLC model is BS, but not enough for me to NOT recommend this game, it does not ruin the game like Total War’s DLC does.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,207.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
It used to be better before dlcs...
They introduced already existing features at previous game one by one for 15$ each.

It is still a good game i recommend you to get full pack in 2020.
Because they didnt stop to rip off paradox fans
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,657.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
EU4 is madness, but its also amazingly deep and rewarding... that moment when you finally win the decisive battle of a 15 year long war against the French and Spaniards and send that peace deal to finally take back those provences youve coveted for 200 years is just... pure bliss. Of course when starting out youll find yourself getting violently curbstomped by France 98% of the time, but its still fun. Great game 10/10.
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The best game money can buy.
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This is a game if you want to lose 8 hours in one night. More of a Build a Empire than most Strags. I would recommend if you like building nations.
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great game + dlc only if u purchase it on sale, and thats what i did...
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8/8 M8 only downside is the dlc cost and the games complexity but tbh they have to make money and if they didnt make dlc cost then they would have to keep making new eu4 games, but yea if only it was cheaper

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Paradox has a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ DLC model, to be sure. But quite frankly, the base game is very good, comes with all previous versions open to you, and most importantly can be modded into everloving ♥♥♥♥. Most of the mods for this game beat the DLCs any day, anyway.
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