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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Includes 20 items: Europa Universalis IV, Europa Universalis IV: American Dream, Europa Universalis IV: Call-to-Arms Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Colonial British and French Unit pack, Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise, Europa Universalis IV: Conquistadors Unit pack, Europa Universalis IV: Digital Extreme Edition Upgrade Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Indian Ships Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Indian Subcontinent Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Muslim Advisor Portraits, Europa Universalis IV: Muslim Ships Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: National Monuments II, Europa Universalis IV: Native Americans II Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Native Americans Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Pre-Order Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Republican Music Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica, Europa Universalis IV: Songs of the New World, Europa Universalis IV: Trade Nations Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations

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July 9

Europa Universalis IV - Development Diary 9th of July 2015

Random New World Generator Redux

Attention all explorers,
Today Wiz discusses the Random New World generator (redux)!
Click the link below and check it out in detail.

EU4 - Development Diary 9th of July 2015


Register your copy of Europa Universalis IV on our forums for access to user mods (too large for the workshop), support and much more...

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June 9

Development and Deliberation Come to Europa Universalis IV Today!



STOCKHOLM – June 9, 2015 – The Common Sense expansion to Paradox’s strategy hit Europa Universalis IV is available today, and it comes with tonnes of major changes to the core game, making it one of the most significant pieces of DLC yet in the EU4 franchise. With a focus on making your nation work better, Common Sense gives you new tools to make sure your global empire rests on a sound foundation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFRd2nX4T5w

Central to Common Sense is the idea of Development – your provinces are now more than an all powerful tax number. You can improve your regions based on tax, trade and military power specifically, giving each a focus or strength. Or, you can develop broadly to prevent crushing losses when a center of manpower falls to the enemy.

We’re also introducing Parliaments, allowing constitutional systems of government new ways to put the power of the people’s representatives to work on behalf of the nation – for a price.

There are a host of other changes to the game, including improvements to the Protestant religion, the creation of national churches, karma for Buddhist rulers and much, much more. And even if you don’t buy the expansion, the free update we provide with every new expansion will transform your play experience in interesting ways. This time, we have modified the role of forts in battle and shaken up the map and diplomatic situation in the 1444 start date.

Common Sense is available at major digital retailers now! Become the king (or doge, or empress or khan) you have always wanted to be.

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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 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
Helpful customer reviews
288 of 308 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
325.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
This game is a hell of a lot better than Civilization. I've been playing it for... I don't know how long, a few weeks. From the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep, eating between wars, literally dreaming about my kingdom and after about 200 hours playing I haven't got tired of it yet.

But perhaps you'd like to hear a story. Maybe a tale of woe, of blood and vengeance...

Austria, 1653. IronMan mode.

My king was yet another re*ard in a long line of mentally challenged Habsburgs. Administration was difficult for he didn't know how to count from 0 to 10 by the age of 46. Pen and paper were alien artifacts for him. He considered burping after a meal with international envoys a diplomatic act, and loved guns but couldn't fathom how to work a trigger. As soon as he turned 15, he became a General, and a good one at that. No, of course not, I'm kidding. He was terrible. That one star was far too much for him.

So, as a good christian overlord, I was patient, and spent 30 years trying to kill him, spearheading the "special" monarch into the most challenging battles. Soon, I started to fear he had been blessed with immortality to compensate for his almighty uselessness. The damned French on my western border had a 6/4/6 sadist on their throne. My neighbour's lawn was greener than mine. I was desperate.

Hence came the time when I, the Holy Roman Emperor, enacted a cursed reform that wouldn't allow me to wage war against the Empire's members anymore, bringing my struggle towards unifying the HRE almost to a halt. But I had hope in my heart, for if no tragedy happened and I managed to keep peace, the 170 years left to play should be enough for me to gather 150 Imperial Autorithy points to fulfill my objective. I had 3 provinces left under foreign rule waiting for the taking, and that should guarantee my success. So I demanded what was rightfully mine.

I went to war against my oldest friend and ally, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Again. They were so scared that even with their half-russian-size territory they didn't put up a fight. Literally, not one, while I went on rampaging through their territory. I needed one more point for them to accept my peace offer and return the Empire's provinces. And then it happened...

They sent forth a 62 regiments battalion against me, a 3 star general leading it. They didn't stand a chance against my 130 regiments unit, of course, which was about half my army at that time. The battle went on for less than a month before... my f****** s** of a b**** piece of s*** excuse for a King died in it. Okay, sure, I was happy for a moment. But no, it turns out those weren't good news, because...

With his death-- for the first time, mind you-- I lost the elections to be the next Emperor. I didn't get the 10 Imperial Authority bonus. A few days (or seconds) later, after the previously mentioned battle was won and so was the war, the Empire's territories were proudly returned by me. And then I learned you don't get any Authority for that if you are not the current Emperor. The new guy at the office, the Holy chairman of the ancient Roman Empire, the 15 year old King of a useless single-province kingdom, laughed at me. I felt it, I swear. I'll remember that moment until the day I die... or probably longer than that.

So after about 10 minutes screaming at my computer and one more hour cursing inside my head, I recovered my sanity once again, kept it cool, and decided to wipe the Holy Roman Empire from the face of the Earth. I'm halfway there, but the more than a million rebel soldiers spawning everywhere across my kingdom are delaying my war efforts. Still, I shall have my vengeance.

Sorry, I just had to put that out there. A 15 year old Saxe-Lauenburgian kid as the Holy Emperor... what a joke. I'll give him his first shave with a cannonball.

EDIT:

With inhuman effort and, of course, the help of God himself (thank you, Pope) I reverted my situation and finally managed to unify the HRE. Now, in 1753, from the edges of a long-gone Hungary to the borders of Spain, Europe is under my rule.

But you wonder: "why does that matter?" And I tell you: because it means if I had been born in 1444 there would have been no World War I, this review would be written in Deutsche (or maybe I would have brought latin back, who knows?), and my grandson¹³² would rule Earth. Knowing that, I can finally sleep in peace. I feel my entire life had a meaning-- and now a whole new purpose: to play Castile next. (After becoming a junior partner in a Personal Union under Spain, winning my independence alone against them and England, vassalizing the Ottomans and succumbing to a Civil War caused by the sudden, premature death of my first independent king made me give up on returning my westernized Byzantium to it's former glory... by the 17th century again, obviously the worst hundred of years in human history)
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260 of 285 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
169.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
If you want a short game because you've only got 60 seconds before dinner

Play as Albania

Best 60 seconds in Gaming 2K13-2K15
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228 of 248 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
225.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Decide to go hard mode for first game and play as the Huron Native American tribe.
Start date is 1444.
Things go well for first 150 years.
Conquer and assimilate other tribes into federation.
Feels wrong but i know i have to do it or else I'll be too weak when the Europeans arrive to fk everything up.
Iroquois, Shawnee, Machican all fall to me.
Spainish colony shows up in southern Texas.
"No biggie" I think "that's really far from my borders." (Ohio and the Great Lakes regions)
I finally get colonists and start gaining territory for myself.
Begin exploitation of natives even more backward than me.
Feels so wrong, but i know i have to do it or else I'll be too weak when the Europeans start really ♥♥♥♥♥ everything up.
France colonizes Northeast, Netherlands colonizes Middle States, Britain colonizes the South.
I manage to Westernize, so gaining new technology costs like 200 points and not 2000.
Choose not to become Catholic, and keep the Totemist ways of my ancestors
Wage war against Netherlands with newly gained musket infantry while they're at war with Austria back in Europe.
Still have weaker troops, despite having 30k more men in each engagement.
Tens of thousands of proud Huron die to make menial gains.
Manage to besiege every settlement in the New Netherlands colony, but Brandenburg shows up and saves their ♥♥♥.
Hastily make pay a ton of money for a peace treaty. (I'm surprisingly rich, since I control nearly all trade in Ohio River)
Realize about 50000 men died for nothing and shed a single tear.
Time passes - 1680s
French expand north from Louisiana, Spain has all of Texas and California, Vinland wins independence war from Norway and becomes Canada.
I gain an alliance with Great Britain since we both hate French.
France declares war against Britain cause they want Puerto Rico.
We beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of them, and Britain negotiates it so I get a province on the Louisiana-Huron border (thx GB)
Things are looking good for Huron, since with my superpower buddy Britain, I wont get fked up by Europeans.
Win a war against Canada, but again tens of thousands die to kill a few thousand Canadians since im still behind in tech.
Time passes - 1780s
Canada declares war to get back that province i previously took.
"No biggie," I think "I beat them once, I can beat them again."
Realize theyre in an alliance with France.
Moments later I get a message telling me Great Britain has dishonored our alliance and wont be helping me.
Realize I'm alone in a war against two technologically superior opponents who dramatically outnumber me.
Can only watch in horror as the French and Canadians ravage my country.
Shed a single tear and realize this is what my people did to the natives in real life.
Cry in guilt.

10/10 This game taught me more about Imperialism and why it was a terrible terrible thing than my high school and college history classes combined, and made me relate to minorities more than any bleeding heart activist ever could.
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182 of 202 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
585.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
- Be Me, first campaign.
- Started as small papal states
- Joined the Holy Roman Empire for protection
- Allied France as BFF against evil Austria for 200 years while we together slowly take over spain and italy respectively.
- Form the holiest kingdom of god the world has ever seen
- Help france conquor their long time enemy savoy and take a province bordering me.
- Itll be cool right? 200 years of battles and common enemies....
- France Rivals me, and declares war for all of italy.
- Noone in Christendom lifts a finger.

Since that day not a single of my campaigns is considered complete until I have pillaged paris. **** the French
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198 of 224 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
768.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Almost 500 hours played...

Not a single achievement unlocked.

11.5/10
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