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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (6,377 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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Includes 4 items: Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron III, Victoria II

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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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November 13

New Art of War tutorial by Paradox Extra & Rojiru!



Greetings!

Paradox Extra, together with Paradoxian Rojiru, just released another tutorial video for Art of War.

You can find it here.

This video is a response on earlier user feedback on our videos. Want to help us decide what to do a video on next? Let us know in the video comments section on YouTube!

Cheers,
The Extra Team

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November 10

Hotfix patch 1.8.1 now live! Checksum - 5d13



Version 1.8.1 has finally made it into the live environment for everyone to enjoy! Remember that previous patch levels are available in Properties -> Betas as usual if you for some reason don't want to use this version.

Please post any feedback in our Official Forums!

Best Regards
Björn - Community Manager @Paradox Interactive

This is a hotfix for 1.8, primarily to address performance and MP stability issues.

Changelog:
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- Naval battles once again contribute warscore to wars.

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- AI: Much less willing to end a war if they are fully occupying the enemy warleader and 5 years have not passed.

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# Interface
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- Compressed autosaves is now turned off by default.

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# Usermodding
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- Modding: fixed bug where supported_version wasn't saved when uploading a mod to the steam workshop.

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# Script
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- Egypt can no longer be formed by Arabia.
- Celestial Empire and Hordes can no longer get the Peasants' War event.

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- Fixed a performance issue caused by AI trying to use certain AoW features when Art of War was not enabled that could cause significant slowdown on some machines.
- Marches can no longer pick rivals or be rivaled.
- Patriots will no longer spawn in nations that would be friendly to them.
- Fixed a bug where you couldn't decrease the amount of light ship in army builder if you didnd’t have access to heavy ships yet.
- Fixed a multiplayer crash caused by host and players differing in whether Art of War was enabled.
- Fixed a bug where forming a nation could cause you to lose cores on provinces you had previously gained as cores from other decisions (Qing from Manchu, for example).
- Fixed an exploit where you could add multiple idea groups at the same time.
- Fixed an issue where certain GUI elements could cause major performance slowdown.
- Fixed checksum not calculated correctly for very large save files.
- Memory optimizations, should be about 100mb less now.
- Fixed OOS related to Papacy.
- Fixed OOS related to building all mercenaries.
- Fixed crash when recalling merchants from end nodes.
- Attacking natives now works correctly in new provinces in new provinces added in 1.8.
- You no longer lose all cardinals as soon as you get 8 cardinals.
- Fixed "distant borders" penalty bug after creating a new country and changing your country tag.
- Fixed naval supply range not being updated when coring a province.
- Fixed a bug where papal actions would not work correctly for non-monarchies due to other actions not being available.
- Fixed problem with saving large saves (fixes Ironman save problems reported on forum).
- Fixed crash sometimes occurring at start of independence wars.
- Fixed an OOS related to automated fleet transport.
- Fixed a bug where 'kill' console command was available in ironman.

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Reviews

“A hallmark of excellence.”
9,5/10 – Destructoid

“Europa Universalis IV is a masterwork of a strategy game.”
91/100 & Editors Choice – PC Gamer

“Complex and rewarding strategizing makes the fourth game in the Europa Universalis dynasty shine.”
9/10 & Editors Choice – Gamespot

Digital Extreme Edition

The Digital Extreme Edition includes the following:

  • STAR AND CRESCENT - 50 new Muslim themed event pictures, as well as several new events for the Muslim nations
  • HORSEMEN OF THE CRESCENT UNIT PACK - 12 unique cavalry modes for the Ottoman, Mamluk, and Persian nations. This enhances the visual experience of EUIV.
  • CONQUEST OF CONSTANTINOPLE MUSIC PACK - 3 tracks containing 10 new minutes of music masterly composed by Andreas Waldetoft

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About This Game

Fulfill Your Quest For Global Domination

Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire. Rule your nation through the centuries, with unparalleled freedom, depth and historical accuracy. True exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy will be brought to life in this epic title rife with rich strategic and tactical depth.

Main Features


  • Make your own decisions: Nation building is completely flexible and the possibilities are endless.
  • Use your Monarch Power: Experience the new system of monarch power where your choices are influenced by the caliber of the man or woman you have at the top and will direct the ebb and flow of gameplay.
  • Experience history coming to life: The great personalities of the past are on hand to support you as you make your mark on thousands of historical events.
  • Turn the world into your playground: Enjoy hundreds of years of gameplay in a lush topographical map complete with dynamic seasonal effects.
  • Experience the all new trade system: The trade system adds a new dimension to the great trade empires of the period. Gain control of vital trade routes and make the wealth of the world flow to your coffers.
  • Bring out your negotiating skills in a deeper diplomatic system: Use coalitions, royal marriages and support for rebels and explore the possibilities of the new unilateral opinion system.
  • Engage in Cross-platform Multiplayer: Battle against your friends or try the co-operative multiplayer mode that allows several players to work together to control a single nation with up to 32 players. Featuring hotjoin, improved chat, new matchmaking servers and support for a standalone servers.
  • Create your own history & customize your game: Europa Universalis IV gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire and uses Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz eller AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb video memory required
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X- compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 1024mb video memory recommended
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X-compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
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260 of 307 people (85%) found this review helpful
195.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I masturbate to maps now.
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111 of 114 people (97%) found this review helpful
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Posted: November 10
France annexes half of Spain and everyones cool with it. I take 2 provinces from pommerania and it sparks a world war.

10/10 would cry again
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129 of 144 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Posted: October 30
I used to live a productive life.
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110 of 120 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Posted: November 3
Basically a map colouring simulator where genocide, slavery and exploitation of natives in America and Africa is encouraged.

12/10 would remove kebab again.
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93 of 108 people (86%) found this review helpful
530.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I wouldn't recommend this game because it brutally murdered my social life.
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
457.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
In Europa Universalis IV you play a powerful sorcerer that acts as the "guiding hand" for the nation. The spells you cast draw on three mana pools: Paper Mana, Bird Mana, and Sword Mana. Bird mana is used to make peace deals, genocide cultures, and stop your people from whining about war weariness. Paper mana, in combination with a gold sacrifice, can be used to cast construction spells, in addition to making a province you gained two years ago a core part of your nation somehow. Sword mana is used for enchanting rebel factions to keep them in line. You generate mana for these pools by sucking the life essence from your monarch and his cabinet of advisors. Be careful, though, as the ones that generate the most mana tend to die rather quickly. You'll frequently see your 6/4/5 monarch die by age 30.

You'll notice that most of the spells are involved with either war or keeping your people from whining about war. Don't worry, that's by design. There's nothing to do if you aren't at war.

10/10 it's okay
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59 of 63 people (94%) found this review helpful
175.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Oppressing Natives and killing the French is generally illegal these days. This game is my only way of fulfilling my true hobbies.

10/10 its ok
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56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
126.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Two words. NORWEGIAN BRAZIL.

15/10
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
101.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Never thought that a strategy game would be the most thrilling gaming experience I have.

But scrupulous, hour long planning and carefully forging alliances and marriages, while keeping an eye on which direction rival countries are sending their diplomats to, because one wrong move can turn your plans to dust, is much more addictive than you might think. The relief you feel, after a long term plan of yours is finally set into successful motion, is not describable.

One of the few games where careful planning and thinking is actually rewarded. No simple rock-paper-scissors battles like in other strategy games. Even though my enemy may have the bigger and more advanced army, I might have won the war through logistics already.

Everything that needs to be said about this game, has actually been said already, but I just can't pass on the chance to show my appreciation for it. I'm +90hrs in, and I'm still finding new ways to play this game, everytime I start it up. It's complex, deep and rewards the player that thinks on a larger scale. One of the best purchases I made in years.
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
127.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Of course I recommend it. If you plan on buying just one game and playing it until your death, this is arguably the best choice.

A must for history and strategy lovers.
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85 of 129 people (66%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
----------------------------------------------------- OLD Review-----------------------------------------

If you like this: You're a good gamer that loves Strategy.



If you dont like this: You're impatient with learning games and overall suck at Strategy and plays CoD everyday.

only 9.5/10 because I cant quick scope France.
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EDIT: I am editing this review for some good reasons.

1. Paradox has released game breaking updates
2. Paradox is not doing anything about this

Imagine a big amazing painting that everyone loves and adores. The creator says "Hey I can make this better!"

And splats a huge brown splat of paint, the painting looks ... Weird but still amazing.

And he goes " Man people love this so much I should make it better again!"

And goes ahead and dumps a whole gallon of vomit colored paint.

Now the painting looks .... Bad, but still in the areas untouched by the filth ... Amazing still.


This represents what happend to this game. If you can get around the vomit colored paint the represents the poorly thought out updates then you can enjoy this.



A good game, bad Devs.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
For some reason, all the teachers in school acted like genocide, imperialism, and exploitation of indiginous peoples was a bad thing.

They were wrong.
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
1,261.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Meh the game is ok
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
143.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
+rep Venice good trader
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
158.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Oh hey there homework and college applications. Whats that, you want me to finish you? AHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Im sorry, but it sounds like you want me to stop my game of EU4, and I can't do that right now cause I'm in the middle of colonizing the new world as Brittany.

10/10 would waste more time on.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The best strategy + historical game I've ever played.
#Worthtobuy
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
529.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Third best game I've ever played in my life. Tied with Destiny, and only beaten by Civ V and Civ VI (Out now! :D). I know what you're going to say... "This is better than Civ for blah blah details plot." But I just like Civ better, dunno why. Just do. Anyways, this game is great.

+ Innovative
+ Fun and inticing Gameplay
+ Keeps you coming back, because you always feel like you can do better, or something different.
+ Good historic accountabilty... To a point.
+ Music that fits the situation, and makes you have amazing feelings. (Or you can just listen to Grooveshark, Whichever Floats your Goat.)

- Graphics could be better
- Steep learning curve. Watch TheSolarGamer's Denmark playthrough. You learn alot when you yell at the screen.
- Europe actually was poor and had not-good tech in 1444, and up untill the discovery of the America's it was more or less a 3rd world Back-water place, but I guess this is good enough.

+Scandinavia and Hungary colonize South America, and Hungary fights a war with the French, Tuscans, and Dutch across the world alone? Yes please. (I took over Australia as Hungary. No way does this game get better than seeing Hungary be Westernized and in control of most of the world, and the Ottomans under control of Egypt.)

+ Funny happenings of all kinds!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
743.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Bringing Shamanism to Protestant England in 1550.

10/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
732.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I kind of like it
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
158.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It is so awesome that I can not explain in details.
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