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 (9,315 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Europa Universalis IV

Buy Europa Universalis IV Extreme Edition

Packages that include this game

Buy Paradox Grand Strategy Collection

Includes 4 items: Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron III, Victoria II

Buy Europa Universalis IV Collection

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

Downloadable Content For This Game

 

Recommended By Curators

"An Enlightened balance of depth and accessibility that brings grand strategy into a new era."
Read the full review here.

Recent updates View all (42)

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.

11 comments Read more

March 6

Free DLC: 'Women in History' to be released March 8th alongside patch 1.11


Free EU4 Add-on Brings the Great Women of History

STOCKHOLM – The pages of history books are filled with the stories of great men – but also great women: artists, authors, councilors, and rulers. WouldTenochtitlan have fallen without the language skills of Malinche guiding Cortez? Had the reign of Edward IV not been cut short by illness, wouldEngland have still ruled the seas, deprived of the strong hand of Elizabeth I?

To mark International Women’s Day (March 8th) Paradox Development Studio has created a free update for Europa Universalis IV, adding 100 great women of history to the game. Each character can be generated through event triggers (a weak regency, a colonial empire, certain ideas, etc.). Players will then have choices about how to use this talented woman. Some may join your court as advisors, some might be suitable for riskier employment as rulers or leaders.

Thomas Johansson, the head of Paradox Development Studio, says that this DLC does something important for the company’s flagship title. "It's no surprise that the role of women in history isn't as well known as that of men,” Johansson says. “Europa Universalis, admittedly, hasn't done a lot to foreground their contributions. We thought that International Women's Day was the best time to do a little bit to help balance the scales and introduce our audience to some very interesting people." The DLC will contain the following features:

  • One Hundered new events for important women in history such as Queen Elizabeth I, Caterina Sforza and Sophie Germain.
  • Female advisors can appear at your court in place of their male counterparts.
  • Female portaits for all 22 advisor types in the game.

The Women’s History DLC is free for all Europa Universalis IV players and will be available on March 8th, 2015. Full patch notes!.

164 comments Read more

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

Steam Workshop

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
814 of 831 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
134.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
A rather complex grand strategy game, you pick a country to control starting from the year 1444 all the way to 1821. There isn't any fixed objective to aim for: it's a good idea to try to get the achievements offered (such as world domination), as most are a real challenge to earn.

Each country is divided into provinces, allowing movement of you armies from one to another in real time - nothing here is turn based. Battles aren't controlled by you, as in total war: you make your army walk onto the same province as an opposing army, and the battle outcome is decided in part by random dice rolls, and in part by factors you can influence, such as generals, terrain, morale of troops. The same can be said for naval battles, where different types of ships behave differently depending on what sea province you are fighting in, if they are in the open ocean, or in a closed sea (such as the Mediterranean).

Diplomacy is fairly well fleshed out, countries can have a number of different governments, such as feudal monarchies or merchant republics, all that give different bonuses and maluses, and some (such as republics) offer the possibility to choose what type of leader you want, so as to give you more of a certain type of monarch points. You can offer alliances, royal marriages, support rebels, create false claims on provinces you don't own to give you a "casus belli" (a reason to go to war) among other things, the list is really really huge.

Monarch points are a "limiting factor" in the game, you have 3 different types of monarch points (Administrative, Diplomatic, Military), each that serve different purposes. For example, military points can be spent to buy a new general, or to treat a province harshly if rebels are likely to rise up there. (As of the Art of War update, rebel mechanics have changes slightly. Instead of each province possibly spawning rebels depending on a percentage, now each rebel faction has a counter that goes up or down depending on your country's stability and province modifiers, such as nationalism, culture or religion. Once the counter reaches 100%, multiple stacks of rebels spawn). Other points can be used to change your capital, annex vassals, gain provinces in peace deals, create buildings and much more. The gain of monarch points depend on your ruler, that can give from 0 points each to 6 point each month. By spending some of your income, you can also hire advisors, that can add to your monthly monarch points income, and grant you some nationwide bonuses.

Trade is also a large factor in the game, you have merchants and you can choose to send them to various trade nodes, and you can choose if you want them to try and collect money from that node with a malus, or to send the money that you collect upstream, to a different node where you can collect from. Having colonies and trade agreements with other countries helps your trade income, while being embargoed reduces your trade in nodes that the country embargoing you controls.

Paradox has created a lot of DLC for this game, but with each DLC comes a vast amount of free content as well, so it might be advisable to buy the base game before buying DLC, so as to see what you think about the game before commiting too much. If you choose to play online with a friend that owns the DLCs, even without owining the DLCs yourself, the game activates them, so its possible to try them out before you buy. It would also be a good idea to try and watch a tutorial beforehand (Arumba on youtube comes to mind), as the game doesn't do a great job of explaining all it has to offer.

It's a very time-consuming, and occasionaly frustrating game, but I found that the more I played it, the more I enjoyed it: I'm constantly learning new things I can use to my adantage, and the game is becoming more satisfying due to that.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2,791 of 3,048 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,152.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Lost my kids, wife, and job but I restored the Byzantine Empire to it's former glory.



10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1,495 of 1,631 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
577.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
This game is a black hole which will consume you entirely. You'll find yourself answering questions about geography and history with ease while lesser mortals cry with confusion.

10/10 would waste another lifetime playing.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1,561 of 1,732 people (90%) found this review helpful
933 people found this review funny
1,428.9 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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1,224 of 1,359 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
208.5 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
327 of 337 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
109.9 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1,329 of 1,532 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2,879.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Umm.. Look how many hours I have played....
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
762 of 863 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
462.6 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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
929 of 1,062 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
242.3 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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
296 of 311 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
333 of 365 people (91%) found this review helpful
17 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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
848 of 991 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
167 of 170 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
365.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
*Takes semi-small nation, builds functioning and prosperous empire*
*France declares war*
*starts new game*
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1,109 of 1,343 people (83%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
345.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
I masturbate to maps now.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
581 of 700 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
474.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I used to live a productive life.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
367 of 430 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,403.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
The economy, fools! 10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
410 of 486 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
328.9 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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
863 of 1,073 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,011.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
its ok.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
347 of 416 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
219.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Two words. NORWEGIAN BRAZIL.

15/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
330 of 397 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
613.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
I wouldn't recommend this game because it brutally murdered my social life.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny