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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August 25

Development Diary - 25th of August 2016



Hello all, and welcome to another development diary for Europa Universalis. Today we’ll focus on the further improvements to interacting with Subjects that the Rights of Man Expansion will give you.

First of all, we are adding three more military focuses for subjects to the two we added in Art of War.

Passive - This will make the subject stay with armies in their own territory, and defend there. This can be helpful if you want them to preserve their troops, and not interfere with your plans, or get caught.

Defensive - This is the focus you put on stronger vassals, that you want to protect the allied territory, so that you can focus on the offensive. This can be very helpful at dealing with rebels inside the realm, or to stop those pesky invaders sending stacks behind your main armies.

Siege - These subjects will use their armies to siege down hostile fortresses and not seek any battles.

With six different ways for subjects to behave in war’s, a decentralised realm with a solid amount of subjects can be a devastating power.



Secondly, as you can see in the screenshot, we added a new interface to the expansion, so you can quickly see the details on your subjects, how their economy is doing, and the other relevant stats. This helps us to see if we can build more fortifications in their territory, or if we need to subsidize their armies to kickstart their economy.


Finally, if you have money or power to spare, you can now spend them in building up your subjects. If you increase development in a subject you reduce the liberty desire. As you can see, the macro-builder now shows a little bit better information when it comes to making good decisions when developing.



Next week we’ll talk about four new minor features for Rights of Man.

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August 19

Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man Announced



Today, Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio announced the next expansion for their hit grand strategy game Europa Universalis IV.

Thomas Paine wrote that laws get their force from the consent of those who agree to live under them. It is in this spirit of that Paradox Development Studio continues expand and improve Europa Universalis IV, with the upcoming Rights of Man.

This expansion to Paradox Development Studio’s best-selling historical strategy game introduces a number of small changes that add up to a deeper and more dynamic experience. Near the top of this list is the Great Power mechanic, where the most developed nations have access to new diplomatic options to bully or entice weaker neighbors. Keep that development going, or lose the powers you paid a high price for.

Rights of Man also adds a little more character to your monarchs, as they acquire traits that will give bonuses (or penalties) to your country, and affect how rival nations approach you. Beware the conqueror next door, but be nice to the generous king across the river - he may have some gold to spare in your time of need.

Other features coming in Rights of Man include:

  • New goals for Coptic and Fetishist religions
  • Greater control over adopting new cultures in your empire
  • Leader Traits giving battle hardened commanders added prowess
  • More detailed military instructions for Subject Nations
  • Revolutionary Republics now have Factions to balance
  • Ottoman Empire gets new Harem Politics events and options
  • AND MUCH MUCH MORE
As usual, the release of Rights of Man will be accompanied by a free update for all Europa Universalis IV players – and this one will have the first major overhaul of the technology system since launch.

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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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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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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BOT Chling
125.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
17 tries in to forming a British empire. All other tries fail spectuacularly.

France declares war, bringing in about 120k men. My navy holds them off. Then African Tribes do, sending in another 120k. Then spain takes my American colonies. Then Ottomans take my Indian ones. Then Civil war, and 120k spawn inside England. Gg. Game over. All within a month. Delete save.

Then retry. That's the crucial part. This game is hard. Very ♥♥♥♥ing hard, especially when earning achievements. It's also monumentally complex, even more so with DLC. It will push your ♥♥♥♥ in repeatedly.

But I always keep going back for more, and probably will for a very long time. That's what I love about it. Despite me hating it more than any game ever, I want to do it. I want to play it well. So gonna have to recommend, with the proviso that it's very hard, almost impossible half the time, and a lot of you wont like it.

BITE SIZE CHUNKS:

DLC: Too much, and some breaks the game. Colonies are nerfed without the right DLC, and that kind of thing. DLC effects are in the game, as they keep updating it for free, but to use them as intended you have to buy the expensive DLC. Or wait for a sale, as there's a lot. So that's kind of ♥♥♥♥.

Graphics: Solid. Simple. UI is a cluster♥♥♥♥, but there's so much going on it kind of has to be.

Tutorial: Basically non existent. You will have to lose 9 million times, or youtube it. And half them will be outdated.

Gameplay: Frustrating, but satisfying when it goes right. Very in depth, and strategic. Civ warfare is utter crap after this.

Price: Wait for a sale, for the love of god. Do not buy this full price. Whilst it's immensely complex, so kind of justifiable, the fact some of the DLC is vital means you'll be shelling out even more dolla, so wait.

Overall would probably rate a 7/10. Solid game, has glaring flaws, Sometimes not with the game itself. Constant updates too.

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ricefields
30.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
VERY NIC GAME MY FRIEN
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Seems Like Winning is Hard
474.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
game is hard and annoying at first, but it gets easier and thus fun soon. Suggest to watch some Arumba or Solar Gamer, they jelped a bit in understanding the cluster ♥♥♥♥ that is this game. Good Luck Have Fun dont get rekt by France, Big Blue Blob supreme.
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roy.r15
67.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
0.0% Logic in this entire game. The controls are just wonkey and the economy mechanics lack any kind of logic or reason to invest in.
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kolten.dzuris
20.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
I just got the game and started playing it, it was fun, I watched other people play it and they were doing things in their game that I could not, so I realized that there was more dlc then what I got from the pack (which came with some dlc), I looked at the dlc and it was 222 dollars for all of the dlc. WTF Why is there so much, I could buy about 4 new AAA games for that, money pit! Dont give them money they dont need it, Paradox just stat making EU5 its time.
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Cunt
512.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
bad game
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Keavin
747.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
is fun
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RedT3rror
174.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
I generally like this game but there´s something ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off and prevents me from buying future titles of this franchise.

The DLC policy is simply impertinent. Not only are the costs greatly exaggerated, the game is also forcing you to buy certain DLCs. There are some gamebreaking mechanics in the game which only get fixed by DLCs.

Example?:

You want to conquer a province. You get a claim on it. You declare war with your allies. Allies take the wanted province. Now you can not cede this claimed province to you during the peace talks because your allies have occupied it (aka you were not fast enough) unless you have The Art of War DLC.

You are also unable to improve your economy which is a turn off for every smaller country. Your development level is fixed for the entire game... unless you have Common Sense DLC.
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Yang Xiao Long
784.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
Haven't played enough to feel satisfied.
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zdenan
282.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
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47 of 50 people (94%) found this review helpful
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5,207.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This game has wasted thousands of hours of my life, and I don't regret it. Keep up the good work.
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Recommended
329.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Either you'll spend 2 hours or 200 ( probably more).
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
57.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
As Great Britain, Dehli annulled military acess to us. I annulled their independence.

8/8 gr8 m8.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
482.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This is one of those games that you just can't stop playing once you get into it. Fair warning, there is a decent learning curve for beginners (one of my friends never put the time in to learn how to play because it was a bit overwhelming at first glance). Once you get the hang of the basic gameplay you will most likely learn to love the game. I especially recommend this game to those who love history as this game is all about historical events and it gives you the ability to rewrite history according to your will. One of the best parts about the game is how every single playthrough is different. The A.I., for all the hate it gets, does seem to do a good job in my opinion of being unpredictable. It's pretty much impossible for two playthroughs to be exactly the same based on the scope of the game (how many countries there are) and the adaptiveness of the A.I. Something that I think goes overlooked when discussing this game is the sheer amount of options the player gets when playing. For example, when starting a game, you get to choose any counrty that you want! It seems like a small thing, but how many games really give you that sort of option. Usually I feel like games restrict the creativity of the player, but EU4 really allows the player to do basically whatever they want. To top it all off, the modding community is great and even though it's been out for years now, they are still updating the game and you can easily find a multiplayer game to join if you want. Overall, one of my top 5 games of all time! I can't recommend EU4 enough.
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Not Recommended
767.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
tl;dr: Every two months a free patch is going to come out that will break your game if you don't buy another 17-21$ DLC

I'd LOVE to give this game a positive score.
But once common sense came out the development team added new "features" that pretty much made the game unplayable unless you shell out more money for the dlc to unlock essential features.


All the dlc that adds features (Did I say add? I mean unlock, all the dlc buttons are in the base game, just greyed out) add up to a staggering 95$ (Canadian).
Don't get me wrong, some of these dlc are actually good, Conquest of Paradise, Art of war, and El dorado for example, as they only locked out non-essential features(mostly)


But almost everything since Common Sense is litteral cancer.
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38 of 59 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,947.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
There was a time when I would've ethusiastically recommended this game. Over time however, this game got worse, and worse, and worse, to the point where it is now honestly a pretty awful game. DLC killed Europa Universalis 4 outright, and there is no way around it, not buying the ridiculously overpriced DLC only makes the game that much worse.

Oh yes, the DLC always comes with "Free Patches", but what Paradox forgets to mention is the fact that these "Patches" merely leave EU4 a broken mess. The AI will have access to the contents of the DLC regardless of whether or not you wasted your money on them, making the game unfair. Couple this with the fact that many of the "Patched" mechanics are completely broken if you didn't buy the DLC, it's shamefully obvious that Paradox is just trying muscle more money out of us.

Oh, and did I mention that Paradox "balances" EU4 based on their own multiplayer sessions? Yes, Paradox straight up ignores their playerbase and does everything independently of the thoughts of the people who actually support them. One Paradox employee gets too powerful in their game, stomps the other employees, and the next patch adds mechanics that punish players for doing too good and getting too strong, even though this was the opposite of what most people wanted. They added limitations to our choices, our expansion, and our ability to get ahead. The AI already has stupid powerful bonuses in EU4, and now the players are nerfed.

And now here Paradox is announcing yet another DLC nobody asked for, more changes nobody wanted but will surely destroy our game if we don't take them. They even had the audacity to imply that the reason they're giving us this latest DLC is because we wanted it.

Do yourself a favor, forget about this broken mess of a game. Go buy 4 or 5 good games with the money you would've spent on this trainwreck.

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
351.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
The game itself is really good but the producer seems to have his mind set on extracting every last dollar from you. So get ready to buy ALL the expansion packs which add very little to the game for a very steep price. Greed-driven DLC-policies have ruined this and probably other games of this producer down the road for me. If they ask 40 bucks for a game they shouldn't release an update later that adds new features that cause trouble in the vanilla version and you basically have to download an aditional 10 to 20 dollar DLC to get back your fullversion of the game (and they pull that stunt twice a year). Basically they sell you a fullversion for 40 bucks now and downgrade it to a demoversion later unless you pruchase more DLCs. I think it borders on a scam. I liked these games, i'm pretty done with Paradox now ...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
202.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This game was amazing. It is a very hard game to play and understand ( and if you are looking to learn i highly recommend watching arumba he has amazing tutorials on this game) but once you understand it it becomes something great. This game is much like cursader kings so if you like that title you will like this one however this one is more focues ond states rather than on characters. Another thing about this game is dlc. Dlc is something that really improves this game but it also in a way punishes you. An example of this is the mare nostrum dlc got released ad as usual a patch came out with it. The patch made it that spying is much more effective however only if you buy the mare nostrum dlc can you counter spying meaning its impossible to stop the constant stream of people spying on you for no reason. Also do not get this game if you want a conversion mod.

Great game however the patches are making it more of a chore. They add new systems with these patches that make it even more complex and sometimes just more boring since it makes you wait longer in the game rather than being able to act at that moment. An example of this is you used to be able to conquer the world without a problem. however now there is a system which implements a limit on the amount of areas you own and they arent effective if you go over the cap. These are things that should be optional rather than forced.

I highly recommend this game but only if you get all the dlc. Otherwise your going to be playing a half made game.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Incredible

By far one of the best games I've ever played. If you are into strategy games and history you need to play this - you will love it!
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