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 29

Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man to be released October 11th



Get the Expansion on October 11th, Live Streams Begins

STOCKHOLM - August 29th, 2016 - Today Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio revealed the release date for “Rights of Man”, the upcoming expansion to the hit grand strategy game about exploration, trade and conquest, Europa Universalis IV.

The expansion, which will be released on October 11th, adds greater depth and detail to a host of game systems such as Great powers which allows players to intervene in war, influence other nations or threaten them. "Rights of Man" also brings ruler traits and events to your game, which add personality as well as bonuses or penalties to the leaders of the world.

Watch the Release Date Reveal Trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz8m9bo7Fw8

In the wake of the announcement of “Rights of Man”, Paradox Development Studio is reviving their Europa Universalis multiplayer stream. In these weekly streams fans can watch the development studio compete against each other for world domination. Tune in on Tuesday the 30th of August at 15.00 CEST for the first episode of what will most certainly be an epic tale of betrayal and tense work environment relations; Official Thread

For those who desire a more in-depth look at the features coming to the “Rights of Man” expansion without all the drama of developers trying to annex one another, there will be a feature live stream on Wednesday August 31st at 16.00 with Junior Game Designer Jake and Johan Andersson, EVP of Creative Direction at Paradox Development Studio.

With great powers comes great leader events.

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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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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

Windows
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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kcrummy679
162.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
this game is good, until you go to war. The battle systems are incredibly unbalanced as well as the fort system not allowing your troops to move around the map. But probably the most annoying thing in the game are coalitions. I accept that a coalition will form if you take too much land too quickly, but what I don't understand is how a one county minor who is in the coalition, can declare war on you using the "Coalition" Casus Belli and drag everyone against you. This has ruined many of my campaigns before!
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Ted Cruz
119.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
A game of quality. This is the first real complex strategy game I have ever played. It takes a while to understand it but in the end it is a great game.
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bmichalides25
406.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Initially, I really liked this game but have since decided to change to a negative review. The main reason is just the bugs, after years of being out and multiple DLC, armies will still move over each other without engaging, or only fragments of armies will engage each other. Somehow, the glitches in the game always seem to favor the AI. That, and the rebels are still insanely overpowered, able to spring fully formed armies the size of entire cities out of thin air, and reinforce them from nothing. I could see if the rebels were making gains by taking several territories and reinforcing, but its just stupid to think they can challenge national armies so effectively. At the very least, their discipline rating should be much lower, or they should be using inferior technology.
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Toby Lerone
143.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
I had a son who I called Palpatine who ended up becoming emperor of the HRE.
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AkLexis
94.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
Absolutely in love with this game, a diverse grand strategy game requiring a balance of miliraty and diplomatic skills in order to conquer your enemies and forge your empire
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Lamorah
152.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Maturest game with mature content. definetly 21+
Gets even maturer if you purchase the DLC's.
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N0NNA
101.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
Ignore the negative reviews, you dont need dlc to play. I still play the vanilla game and not only does my game run fine, I actually enjoy myself
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Dor
144.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
Grand strategy perfected, delivering a seamless and deep gaming experience for the armchair ruler. There's always one more thing to take into account, and big decisions are rarely easy to make.

The game does a very good job striking a balance between player freedom and a sense of a fleshed out world by mostly avoiding the historical "straitjacketing" of EU 1 & 2 while moving away from the somewhat generic character of nations in EU 3 through an elaborate religion system, nation-specific ideas, and whole new mechanics designed to differentiate government types.
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Crusader Pope
294.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
10/10 would take over Europe as Austria again
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Leader of Pants
134.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
I still have no idea what I'm doing, but I like it.
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52 of 56 people (93%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
343.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Either you'll spend 2 hours or 200 ( probably more).
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
70.5 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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
484.7 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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44 of 69 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
15 of 21 people (71%) 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 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
790.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
So, time to write a review. I own all gameplay DLCs so your experience might be a little different if you only own the core game.

So, what exactly is Europa Universalis 4? It is a game where you are playing a nation on its path between 1444 and 1821. Your goal is to make the nation prosper through conquest, colonisation, technological advancement and diplomaty. Each game is different, depending which "nation" you play. If you start as the Duchy of Anhalt (central Germany) you won't be colonising and as a Mongol Horde your diplomats will only be used to declare wars and demand land at the end of them. You can play anyone, from a random indian Tribe in Oregon to a Japanese Warlord.

The game has no story mode because you write your own. You want to restore the Roman Empire from the brink of destruction? Than that's your story. You want to crush everything under the boots of your Prussian infantry while struggeling against the Austrian crown for hegamony over Germany? Go for it. You want to defend cristianity by driving the Saracens from the Holy Land and reinstate the Kingdom of Heaven? You want to recreate Leif Eriksons jorneys and start a Norwegian colony in Canada? You want to rule a Japanese Empire spanning from California to Capetown?

You see, the posibilities are nearly endless. And if you think you are not creative enough to come up with something to callange yourself there are always 185 official Achievments to get. Their difficulty varies from "press a button" to "it's only here to find new exploits and impossible without much cheese".

Now be warned, it takes more time to learn this game than most other games and below 200 hours you are considered new. This game is not hard to play well but to do some crazy stuff like form Germany as Mayor of the Free City of Frankfurt you will need practise and patience. You will always find new stuff. A single playthrough takes at least 10 hours, 20-30 is more realistic.

This game is somewhat historical and if you want to you can force things to happen similar to history. There are a couple ways the devs made sure that at least some historical accuracy is in place. But consider that your actions have a lot of influence on the way the events unfold. If you backstab Austria they won't be able to keep the Ottomans in check and you doomed Eastern Europe. So get ready to fight the Turks to drive them out of Poland or they will come for you next.


Now about the DLCs. Yes, they are expensive. However, you can get everything for 60 bucks on sale and that's around the price of an AAA game which offers 30 hours of gameplay. Or simply play Multiplayer because only the Host needs to own the DLCs.


So let's sum it up:


Positive:
- Offers hundreds, if not thousands of hours of entertainment. I have clocked 768 hours and not even played 10% of all possible nations.
- Stable (I had maybe 2 non mod ralated crashes within 768 hours)
- No big bugs
- Increadible mod support. There are total conversion mods, from Game of Thrones to Witcher and of course a lot of gameplay enchancements.
- The devs listen to the playerbase and communicate a lot. There are weekly dev diaries.
- There's still a lot of content (free and paid) coming.
Neutral:
- Could use a little more visualisation

Negative:
- High initial price (with all DLCs)
- Takes away all your time and it's suddenly 1am.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,479.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
This game - at least for me - is a joke, an absolute stupid joke.
The pro arguments can be found throughout all positive reviews.
I have more than 1,2k hours spent on this game and I have around 130 achievements unlocked.

And now here comes the joke....

Ironman ... I understand ... its for the players who want to play a relatively accurate simulation and not some console opening/typing/closing ... the 2nd being a waste of time.

The thing about ironman apparentally is - at least it feels so in every run to me - that as soon as the AI knows which achievement you are going for, the whole world turns against you, trying to prevent you from reaching the achievement.

This makes achievements extremely hard to get - and yeah ... that is still okay with me.

What I am not okay with is listed below:

The things that make me go uberly mad and crazy are things happening as follows:

- Playing Bengal, having mil-tech 7, 5% extra discipline and a ration of 3:1 favouring my side. I am camping on a province with mountains with a 5 shock general. My enemies together have 1/2 size of my army, have a 3 shock general, no extra discipline, no extra tactics or ANY thing that could favour them. Additionally they are mil-tech 4-5 .... I get attacked in the mountains and I was squished instantly.... Any explanations?! huh? hello? WTF is this? ... okay that was only a waste of around 3-4 hours gameplay.

- Playing Granada ... already owning half of iberia .... war against portugal (3 provinces nothing more of portugal), no allies, no nothing ... I declare war and suddenly around 45k of merceneries/condottierie are hired and they come from allllll over the continent ... what the actual ♥♥♥♥ paradox??? WHAT THE ACTUAL ♥♥♥♥?!?!?! Okay ... no problem .... only a waste of about 15 hours gameplay.

- Playing the papal state: Going for the holy trinity achievement ... only 3 wars away from completing the achievement. Huge coalition forms ... no problem ...declares war on me ... no problem --> I have commonwealth and France as allies .... both with +200 relations, at peace, owing me alltogether about 50 favours ... they dont accept .... WTF??!?!?!?!?! What the actual ♥♥♥♥ paradox?! Stop kidding everyone with your secret mechanics... that is a joke ... okay around 30-35 hours of gameplay lost ... what a waste ....

These are only 3 of 100s of frustrating examples where u end up quitting the game with your heart in your pants, asking yourself what the hell happened right there ... Then screaming at the screen cuz u have literally wasted so many hours for absolutely nothing.

This is enough paradox ... go to hell, i will uninstall this devilish game and never turn it on again. You guys know very well why you chose the brand name "Paradox" ... because it is all damn paradox and non logical ... U guys are crazy ...

Additionally wanting around 15-20 EUR for every DLC ... dont get me started on that one .... you guys suck ... sorry, I supported your games since the release of HOI2 ... but it has all turned into a money making joke. Hope your business crumbles by no logical means, just like my empires did ...
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
210.9 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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