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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June 23

Development Diary - 23rd of June 2016



Hello and welcome to today's development diary for Europa Universalis IV. It's actually a well earned(?) day off for me but I'm doing a once unthinkable thing and working a bit from home. Last week I said we would take a look at a very influential dynasty of the time period. Sorry to disappoint all the Velikopermsky and Dandani fans out there, but I had the Osmanoglus on my mind.

It would be an understatement to say that the Ottomans gave the world a good shaking in this time period. Furthermore, they are one of the more commonly played nations in EUIV. We wanted to give them a little something to bring out their unique flavour since it was always a shame that they are a run-of-the-mill Sultanate. It has also been pointed out on numerous occasions the oddity of a situation where you have the Ottoman nation..without an Osmanoglu at the helm.

So to that end, in the still-unnamed upcoming expansion we have added a unique government type for them: The Ottoman Sultanate.

The Ottoman Sultanate does not generate heirs like normal monarchies do. The ruler of the Ottoman Sultanate will have their own Harem to ensure the dynasty lives on. At the age of 30, your ruler will select one of his sons to be the heir to the throne. They will, of course, be of your dynasty



So an Ottoman Sultanate shall always be blessed by the strong line of Osmanoglus. That is to say unless the Sultan dies without an heir. In that case, they'll still end up with an Osmanoglu. "Blessed" can be a relative term here.



There are a couple dozen events accompanying this unique government type to simulate the power struggle and intrigue of such a succession system and should add a couple of fangs to that already formidable Ottomans.

While this is unique to the Ottomans, any modders out there can easily allow this for other government types with the has_harem = yes line.

I feel like we're on a roll when it comes to governments and rulers so here's another thing for today's Development Diary. Abdication.

Yes, it has long been a requested feature in Europa Universalis. When Enrique or his low-stat kind just refuses to die you can abdicate and let your next in line take over. This requires you to have an of-age heir and to have either ruled for 25 years or be 60+ years old. It will come with a considerable hit to your legitimacy/unity and prestige but I think we've all had times where we wanted our monarch to Die Please Die.




Ottoman Sultanate and Abdication are both paid features in the upcoming expansion which we have magically managed to keep unleaked name-wise.

I've been mentioning a lot of paid features lately but it's good to remind ourselves that with all the paid expansions come free bugfixes and features from the accompanying patch. A small change that will be coming up in 1.18 that I want to share is to do with succession wars. I'm not to happy with how right now, they have two conclusions: Either the new overlord keeps their union or the nation fighting them over it take leadership over the union for themselves. Now, we will add a peace option which simply breaks the union for all parties involved.



Simple, sensible, and added free in 1.18 for those times where you just want to keep the status quo. Warscore cost scales with the junior partner's size.

Happy midsummer everyone, I'm off to....oh, right, I need to tease upcoming Diaries. Hrmm~ Well, we've touched a lot on rulers but would you believe it, we're not quite done with the changes in the throne room. We'll come to that in the future. As for next week, we'll switch it up on the battlefield. See you then!

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June 16

Development Diary - 16th of June 2016



Hello and welcome to today's development diary for Europa Universalis IV. Let's take a good look at our King/Khan/Doge/Emperor/Prince.

The ruler of your state is of prime importance to your nation but when you see your new heir birthed or khan taking the throne, it's often a quick look at their 3 monarch point stats followed by either a face palm or a fist pump. As a feature in the upcoming expansion we will be giving a touch more identity to these walking point generators with Ruler Personalities.


When a ruler comes of age they will develop a personality important to the function of the state. They will develop another trait after ruling for 10 years and a further personality after ruling for a total of 25 years. These personalities will grant a modifier for your nation as well as bonus options in event and changes to the AI's actions. For Duke Francois do Dreux here, he has become a careful individual who will enjoy lower AE in expansion.

Most personalities are a boon for your nation but not all are so positive. While it would be lovely if all your rulers were Just, Incorruptible and Charismatic, you may well find that your ruler is too greedy for their own good like Vilhelm Skram of Denmark.



King Vilhelm is a tight-fisted greedy guts and will hoover up 10% of your tax income, but there is a silver lining to his greed. Many events have unlockable options now depending on your monarch's personality which will almost always be a superior option. Obscurantism will normally cost a nation in unrest or prestige, but greedy desires drive Vilhelm to seek out a more...lucrative path.

All personalities will unlock such options in some events, as well as have events of their own. Who knows what your Scholarly King or Malevolent Khan will get up to?

Ruler Personalities will be a paid feature in the upcoming expansion, which will be sold alongside the free 1.18 patch.

While on the subject of monarchs, we will be paying special attention to a very influential dynasty of the time period next week, but for now I must take leave. Vilhelm has shaken me down for every ducat I own and I must take care of this.



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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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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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SewageMan
( 100.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is an amazing game. It takes a while to learn the details and even now I am still learning things each time I play. The music is fabulous and the game play is challenging. I encourage those that are interested to check out the you tube videos explaining the game for help.
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rearick
( 769.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game is addictive for anyone who likes long campaigns and engaging with a ton of minutiae. Definition of the grand strategy genre.

Yes, there's a ton of DLC, all of which I've purchased happily. It's a lot of money but I am glad to support devs who continue to support the community and a great game. There is a lot of complexity but that's exactly why I purchased this game in the first place.

The expansion continue to make this game fresh and engaging after years. While this game isn't for everyone, I will recommend it to anyone.
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Johnny Indispensable
( 596.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I regret no hour spent on this game. And i have spent a lot of hours playing it :)
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TheBestIdiot
( 894.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Cool game. Defineitely a must if you like grand strategy games, albait the dlc's are costy. Buy them when on sale, cause they are usually worth it.
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Ralofoz
( 1,157.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I love this game. It is my favorite game of all time.

Unfortunately, the devs are hell-bent on slowing down expansion by smothering the player with coalitions and rediculous truce timers. This forces you to endure hours of peacetime gameplay, which is bland regardless of how much money you spend unlocking the development paywall. Europa Universalis didn't start off as a DLC milking cow: unit models were two bucks and major expansions were reasonably priced. Res Publica was $4.99, and offered relatively few new features, as one would expect for that price. With the current state of EU4, I wouldn't be surprised if a similarly sized DLC went for $20, and locked a vital aspect of gameplay for those unwilling or unable to pay.

Paradox has loyal fans -- just look at the recent successes of Hearts of Iron IV and Stellaris -- and the strong EU4 and CK2 communities. It would be nice if they stopped pricing us out of their future.
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President Frank Underwood
( 95.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I used my friend's account to play this game at first. Because of that, I got hooked to this game and fell in love with every detail. Almost every system works flawlessly (albeit there seems to be a tad too little things to do while at peace or whenever you are not colonizing) and the ineractions between countries works almost to a historical embrace (even on non-Historical mode). A beaituflly crafted game, alothoug extremely micromanageable.
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Eothen Beorn
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
watched tutorials for 6 hours.
got all hyped up.
played two hours.
encountered a bug which ruins my whole experience.
♥♥♥♥ this game.
seriously.
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Anoobis
( 57.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
EU4 is one of the best games I've ever played. I still prefer CK2, though. A must get if you want a fun strategy game. -1 point for the ♥♥♥-load of DLC. Some stuff should be in for free.





9/10 get
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The Dude
( 371.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is going to suck until Paradox is going to change the AI or at least balance some countrys
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79 of 87 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
769.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I have written this review to negate some of the unfair reviews that give this game a negative score. I do admit the last couple of dlcs have been lackluster (Mare Nostrum, and The Cossacks specifically), however if the dlcs are not giving enough content for their price do not buy it. It is your choice if you decided to pay fifteen dollars for a lackluster dlc and the opinon of the dlc should not be the determination for the base game's score. There are many excellent expanions released for eu4, that in my opinon would negate any negativity from the last two expansions.

The base game in itself is a game that I would reccomend playing. I have played many hours in vanilla itself. The game is a grand strategey with much more depth than games like the civ series. You play a nation of your choosing, and attempt to do as best as you can with it. Some nations are easier than other due to this game being based on history ( France is stronger than a Native American nation). The game is like a puzzle, many hours will be spent figuring out alliances, truces, aggressive expansion opinon modifiers, religion to be able to conquer the world without destroying yourself in the process. There are national ideas and events which make many nations unique in their playstyle, and there are idea groups which you unlock which give you various bonuses that can further specalize your nation. One thing that is amazing about this game is whenever something happens that could ruin my game it is always my fault, and it is something that you can learn from and choose to never make the same mistake again.

The DLC is one thing that is essential to review, there are a lot of dlc for this game. Don't judge the game on the the price of every dlc combined, many DLC are just cosmetic and music addition packs. There are a few dlcs that are expansions to the game ( Res Publica, Wealth of Nations, Conquest of Paradise, Art of War, and Common Sense) which in my opinon are all essential and worth every penny spent on them. If you are scared of the hefty base price of these dlc combined, don't be scared as they frequently go for sale up to 75% off, so you can get all these expansions for less than 10 dollars if you wait for good sales. If you wait long enough the recent dlc (Cossacks and Mare Nostrum) will probably be given huge sales as well.

I would not reccomend this game who are looking for quick fun, this is a game you sit down for hours at a time to plan and fail, and then restart the game over, and then fail but do a little better, then fail fail fail, and then you may finally perfect your game and do way better. A single playthrough can take around two weeks to get through, while it may take a lot of time it is really satisfying when all goes to plan and you acheive your goals. I would reccomend this to people who enjoyed civ games but are unsatisfied by the lack of depth or strategey in those games, I would reccomend this to people to have enjoyed playing Risk. In fact I reccomend this to most people I have met.

tl:dr

A lot of reviews are being unfairly negative about this game to their opinon that the recent two expansions are overpriced for the content they delivir (I share this sentiment). However this game has a lot of other expansions that are really good that balance this out. The vanilla game is in itself really good. Don't expect a fast game, or something that you can just pick up and play I have played around 700 hours and am considered a intermediate player. While a bit diffcult to start it is an amazingly satisfying game when your plans come to fruitation.

10/10
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81 of 94 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
107.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
It took me only 104 hours to get one achievement.



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98 of 127 people (77%) found this review helpful
113 people found this review funny
Recommended
795.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
If you're reading this, I'm assuming that you're a white European male. Every now and then, you think back to the good ol' days, back when we could subjugate native populations and assert our dominance over other races, and no one would bat an eye. Because the only people who we allowed to have an opinion were our own kind, and they were doing the same as us. The good days.

Nowadays, the new trends include libtard bullpoo like "tolerance", "native reservations", and "remorse". No empires left. Your guaranteed dominance over most of the world's population is dependent on your merits as a human being, not your bloodline. This game lets you live the aforementioned good times. If you want to create a mediterranean merchant empire, forcing smaller nations into poverty, be my ♥♥♥♥ing guest friend. Do you want to crush the native traditions of the New World with guns and swords, supplanting a proud culture with your own? Go for it, famalammer. Even if you're a damn commie liberal, play as the Cherokee, and conquer Europe, or the entire world, becoming worse than the monsters that you sought to destroy.

Are you female? Wrong, no women on the internet. But if you identify as one, take advantage of the free (The one free DLC, Paradox holding true to what can be accomplished in their game. Good on you lads!) DLC, Women in History. Fight the patriarchy with OP events detailing the escapades of women in history, as the name would suggest.

TL;DR, wholesome and tolerant fun for the whole family.
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55 of 74 people (74%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
i still have no idea what im doing
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,485.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I havent play that much, game seems good though.
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46 of 68 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,170.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
OK, many of you might be wondering why someone with over 1,000 hours on this game would not recommend said game. I want to be perfectly clear. This reflects my personal opinions on how this game has been treated by its developers at Paradox. It's probably the reason you are even reading this to begin with. Let me begin...

This game is constantly getting updated by its developers. You might ask why this is such a bad thing. Allow me to explain. First off, many of their updates as of late are merely complicating an already complicated game. With the addition of Contottori (please excuse my spelling), there is almost no way to know how many enemy soldiers you may end up fighting when you go to war.

These updates have no meaning. The developers used to add meaningful content, but now they seem to be further convoluting an already confusing and difficult system to master. Honestly, if anything, this game needs to be visually overhauled and re-released to bring it into 2016 from three years ago along with adding every ounce of DLC they had us purchase to satisfy our desires to fully flesh out our games. I would know. I own all the DLC for this game. You do the math. That's a lot of money. As of late however, I'm really questioning whether the investment was really worth it.

Right now, they are trying to update this technology system along with overhauling the Great Power's system and that's all well and good. My only problem is that they seem to have taken their heart out of it. Also, they don't seem to be answering the question: Is this worth it?

You might've seen how some people bash this game for its "money-grabbing" policy. You might question the validity of these statements. Honestly, they are true. And if they keep this direction, it'll be the same for Hearts of Iron IV.

Take it from someone who knows this game. Don't invest your money here.
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104 of 171 people (61%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
161.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
The game is good, but 130 $ of paid updates makes it impossible for me to recommend this game.

Here is how the Paradox marketing scheme works :

1 - Release a vanilla game that is as stripped down as possible
2 - Release major features of the game in a series of 20$ paid updates (and call them ''DLC'')
3 - End up with a game that costs 44 $ and a ''DLC'' list that amounts to 245 $
4 - Enjoy the profits
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
720.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Europa Univesalis IV is a game about managing a country through the time period from 1444 to 1821. Of course, that's like saying Half-Life 2 is a game about walking from Point A to Point B: technically true, but not very enlightening. Managing countries in EU IV is a very involved process, involving juggling over a dozen interconnected systems.

The most important facet of nation-managing in EU IV is warfare. War allows you to expand your country and provides the most interesting and in-depth part of the game. Planning and executing a masterful plan of war, fighting and winning several wars simultaneously, or outwitting and outfighting a significantly larger opponent provides a thrill few things can match.

The economic side of your country cannot be neglected, however, lest your ability to wage war be seriously hampered. The trade system can be quite complicated, but mastering it will provide you with money beyond your wildest dreams, not to mention your enemies' ability to compete.

Make no mistake, this is not a simple game; I was a good forty hours in before feeling like I had a firm grasp on the majority of the systems. Study of the game is richly rewarded, though—I have over 700 hours in it at the moment and anticipate hundreds more. The wiki provides a lot of guidance, and the community is always willing to provide help and advice. Check it out if you're interested; if you're ready to take your strategy gaming to the next level, grand strategy games may be for you.
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46 of 72 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
341.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Sadly I think their DLC policy is killing this amazing game
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43 of 73 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
919.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
If you wanna get all achievments, buy all our overpriced expantion DLCs! Cause for us you, gamer, nothing more than just bottomless moneybag!
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