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 19

Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man Announced



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

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

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

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

Other features coming in Rights of Man include:

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

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August 18

Development Diary - 18th of August 2016



Good afternoon. It's Thursday and that means we in the EU4 team are being shaken down for Dev Diaries. With Johan cooking something up for you all at Gamescom, I'm back in the saddle to bring you another taster of what's to come in our upcoming [name-leak patched] expansion.

Fetishists were introduced lately, diversifying the Pagan religions by having a tailor-made African variant. While they have some purposed African events, the religion was left without its own mechanics, leaving it looking at its religious brothers with envious eyes.

No longer! As a feature in the upcoming expansion, Fetishist nations will have a choice of Cult granting them bonuses and unique events. Where in Africa you start will determine the Cults which are available to you, giving Central Africans a different starting Cult selection from, say, the West Africans



"Starting" Cult selection you say? Yes. The mechanic will look similar for those of you who enjoy some Hindu campaigns but our Fetishist friends can add some extra tools to their belt as they forge their destinies.

Each Fetishist nation will start with 3 Cults available to them, which can be chosen from by each new ruler. Additional Cults can be unlocked through interaction with other faith groups. Through fighting, bordering with alliance or ownership of heathen land, you can unlock additional cults based on that faith. Each monarch can choose one Cult to worship, granting a national bonus and unlocking events for that cult.



Last I counted, there are 17 in total If you've been putting off that Victorian Three achievement run, 1.18 is the patch to go for it. Fetishist Cults, along with the Coptic Holy Sites mentioned before, are paid features in the upcoming expansion which will be released alongside the 1.18 free patch.

Between the changes in the throne room, the religious mechanics, Great Powers, Traits, Personalities and tech overhaul, you could be forgiven for thinking we have run out of things to reveal about the upcoming expansion and patch. You would still be far from the truth though. We'll be back with another Dev Diary next week to talk not just about what you can do for your subjects, but what your subjects can do for you.

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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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Slippery Slaughter Daddy
792.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
If you were to ask me if I would recommend this game a year ago, I would wholeheartedly say yes. However, the game in its current state is abysmal.

The devs continue to punish the player for what the AI lacks. Instead of improving the AI in order to make the game more interesting, Paradox continues to introduce handicaps into the game; handicaps that make it no longer fun and and introduces more and more micromanagement aspects into the game.

EU4 has changed from an interesting and fun alternate history game into a chore.


Complaints that I have:

- The AI is never affected by money or monarch power problems
- Because the AI is never affected by money or monarch power problems, their ability to stay in a war is stupid good. The AI ran out of manpower? No problem, just buy more and more mercenaries
- The AI is too dumb to effectively wage war against players? No problem, just give them arbitrary bonuses against the player
- Small AI nations are able to field way too many troops; an example of this is Burgundy's vassal swarm providing them with nearly 20,000 troops
- Estates are pointless and useless micromanagement features that don't make the game more indepth or fun
- The amount of aggressive expansion you can earn for taking a province in Western Europe is ridiculous and it's even worse if it's a province that's in the HRE
- Truce timers take way too long. Basically, if you go to war with a nation, you're not going to be able to go to war with them again for another ten years at least
- Rebels pop up CONSTANTLY if you take a province from another country it's not even a question of "if" anymore but a question of "when". In order to prevent rebels from popping up, you have to sink monarch points into preventing rebels, slowing you down.



It's like playing Monopoly with only one dice while everyone else gets to use two. It's not impossible and it's not the worst thing in the world, but why would anyone find that fun?
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KeeiP
112.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Oh man.
Poland can into space.


This game is worth it but DLC's are too expensive
Buy on sale
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Quasar2325
1,016.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Great with mods (specifically Meiou & Taxes or Veritas et Fortitudo), s*** without them. So, if you don't like downloading mods from the steam workshop, don't buy it.
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Geems
122.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
As a student of History and International Relations, I absolutley love this game. It recreates the history and politics in superb detail, including international and domestic events. This game is not only fun and challenging but educational and engaging. Highly recommended to strategy history geeks and those interested in politics.
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Reika
374.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I just can't stop!
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Admiral
777.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
vary gud gaem
wood plai agan
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Pope of Nothing
314.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Took me 300+ hours, and months of playing to realize I had to turn off mods to get achievements. 90% of mods make my game crash. I can't play the game as a major country on any harder difficulty than easy. I've never finished a full playthrough of a game because I got bored of the country before finishing.

All in all great game highly recommended.
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Colton1551
622.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Europa Universalis is a fantastic game that I would recommend for anyone interested in strategy gaming. The initial learning curve is quite steep, but once you learn the game and its ins and outs it makes for a very satisfying and rewarding experience.
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Tarzan
1,275.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
You may or may not agree with some of the expansions, there are some im not a fan of. But overall this game is incredible, the replayability is awesome and the support from the devs is fantastic. get the game,its worth it, get the dlc on sale, they are worth it.
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Amazed Retard
640.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Play as Portugal, conquer marroco, tlemcen gets coalition with sunni ottomans and mamluks, conquer castille and aragon gets coalition france austria and everybody else, gets coalation wars at the same time, england comes to help, gets isolated, after 10 years of war... get wrecked. 9/10 ♥♥♥♥
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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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Recommended
322.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Either you'll spend 2 hours or 200 ( probably more).
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
40.9 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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Not Recommended
767.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
tl;dr: Every two months a free patch is going to come out that will break your game if you don't buy another 17-21$ DLC

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


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


But almost everything since Common Sense is litteral cancer.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
482.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This is one of those games that you just can't stop playing once you get into it. Fair warning, there is a decent learning curve for beginners (one of my friends never put the time in to learn how to play because it was a bit overwhelming at first glance). Once you get the hang of the basic gameplay you will most likely learn to love the game. I especially recommend this game to those who love history as this game is all about historical events and it gives you the ability to rewrite history according to your will. One of the best parts about the game is how every single playthrough is different. The A.I., for all the hate it gets, does seem to do a good job in my opinion of being unpredictable. It's pretty much impossible for two playthroughs to be exactly the same based on the scope of the game (how many countries there are) and the adaptiveness of the A.I. Something that I think goes overlooked when discussing this game is the sheer amount of options the player gets when playing. For example, when starting a game, you get to choose any counrty that you want! It seems like a small thing, but how many games really give you that sort of option. Usually I feel like games restrict the creativity of the player, but EU4 really allows the player to do basically whatever they want. To top it all off, the modding community is great and even though it's been out for years now, they are still updating the game and you can easily find a multiplayer game to join if you want. Overall, one of my top 5 games of all time! I can't recommend EU4 enough.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
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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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Incredible

By far one of the best games I've ever played. If you are into strategy games and history you need to play this - you will love it!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
188.8 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
502.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
In 200 years, I was able to convert the entire Anatolian Peninsula to Catholic starting as Cyprus. Unrealistic?, maybe. Fun?, you ♥♥♥♥ing know it.
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