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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Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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November 28

New Achievements in Europa Universalis IV v1.9


Happy Black Friday!
In between buying expansions and DLC's in our webshop, you might want to check out these new achievements revealed by Wiz today on our official forums!

A Holy Trinity
As The Papacy, own Jerusalem and have Livonian Order, Teutonic Order and The Knights as Marches.

Switzerlake
Own 99 provinces as Switzerland, with no ports.

King of Jerusalem
Form Kingdom of Jerusalem as Cyprus or Knights.

Krabater!
Form the nation of Croatia and station a unit of cavalry in Stockholm.

Lion of the North
As Sweden, lead the Protestant League to victory against the Emperor.

Guaranteer of Peace
Guarantee the Independence of France, Ottoman Empire & Russia. (Note: This requires you to be more powerful than them in 1.9).

The Foremost Servitor of Jagannath
Start as Orissa, own all tropical wood provinces.

Bengal Tiger
Start as Bengal, own Samarkand as a core province.

Prester John
Start as Ethiopia, own Alexandria, Antioch & Constantinople

Auld Alliance Reversed
As Scotland, have France as a vassal.

Gothic Invasion
As Theodoro, own all Germanic culture provinces in Europe.

Kow-Tow
As Ming, have a subject from each religion group.

Barbarossa
As a Maghrebi nation, have 500 light ships privateering at the same time.

Georgia on my Mind
Conquer all three Georgias.

Albania or Iberia
As Albania, conquer Iberia and Causcasus.

The Spice must flow
Form the nation of Malaya.

Raja of the Rajput Reich
Conquer all of Germany as Nagaur.

The Sun Never Sets on the Indian Empire
Form Hindustan and own Cape, London, Hongkong and Ottawa.

Over a Thousand
Own 1001 provinces directly.

Draculas Revenge
Form Romania and conquer all of the balkans.

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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
263 of 288 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,192.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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217 of 255 people (85%) found this review helpful
262.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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210 of 246 people (85%) found this review helpful
329.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I used to live a productive life.
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366 of 454 people (81%) found this review helpful
195.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I masturbate to maps now.
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146 of 164 people (89%) found this review helpful
457.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
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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141 of 159 people (89%) found this review helpful
176.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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102 of 119 people (86%) found this review helpful
75.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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62 of 63 people (98%) found this review helpful
101.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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113 of 141 people (80%) found this review helpful
133.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Two words. NORWEGIAN BRAZIL.

15/10
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
2,878.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Umm.. Look how many hours I have played....
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97 of 136 people (71%) found this review helpful
1,280.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Meh the game is ok
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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
127.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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43 of 57 people (75%) found this review helpful
148.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
+rep Venice good trader
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35 of 50 people (70%) found this review helpful
170.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Oh hey there homework and college applications. Whats that, you want me to finish you? AHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Im sorry, but it sounds like you want me to stop my game of EU4, and I can't do that right now cause I'm in the middle of colonizing the new world as Brittany.

10/10 would waste more time on.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1,545.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
If you're into strategy, history, domination, diplomacy, and 4x's in general, then there's a lot to like about Europa Universalis IV. It starts in 1444 and goes all the way to 1821, following the proto-country you pick through an almost 400 year history. There are over 100 Nations to choose from, among other formable ones once the proper conditions are met; such as Prussia, Egypt, and the Netherlands to name but a few.

The game is in real time, not turn-based, but you are able to pause the game to issue orders and deal with your affairs, or slow the game speed down to settings 1 or 2 (of 5, 5 basically being as fast as your computer can handle). You build your armies and determine its makeup (out of Soliders, Cavalry, and Artillery) and this affects how battles will go. A lot of Nations have special bonuses to certain things (like Poland gets a bonus to its Cavalry), which also affects the outcomes of battles; which are based on dice rolls (sort of like Risk) which are greatly affected by the general you have leading the army.

It is a complicated game with a great deal to learn (it makes Civilization seem arcadey), but if strategy, simulation, and history are your thing, it's easily worth the time investment and should provide countless hours of fun and content (it's on Steam Workshop and there are a ton of mods for it, not to mention Paradox often releases expansions and extra DLC artwork for it as well). The game can also feel very fresh based on what part of the world you're playing in and as what Nation, as strategies will vary wildly depending on that.

It's very easy to recommend this game to fans of the genre.
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
743.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Bringing Shamanism to Protestant England in 1550.

10/10
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
385.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Best game ever. If you are thinking about buying this game, you should just get it, because if you are thinking about it, this game is for you. The only thing that I wish was that you could have some sort of control over a battle like being able to have an overview and be able to order troops around. nothing very fancy just like a little map with squares for infantry, triangles for cav, and squares with a line threw it for artillery. Just a thought devs.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
376.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
How to take over world as an One Province Minor(OPM that is jargon you may want to know):
1. build army of 5 units.
2.make ruler general.
3. ally someone
4.attack other one province minor
5.vassalise them and take their money(and that of their allies in a seperate peace)
6.annex that vassel 10 years later
7.make more soldier
8.repeat step 4-7
9. kill everything
10. when done killing everything take their land and call it world conquest.
11. now try world conquest as ryukyu(it is possible you just need dark magic and cheese, TONS of dark magic and cheese)
p.s. if killing everything takes too long due to truce timers and agressive expansion just remember this:
"stabilily is just a number" and "they can't join a coalation if they're dead"-DDRJake the man who got WC with ryukyu 3+ times
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
140.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
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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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The best strategy + historical game I've ever played.
#Worthtobuy
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