Europa Universalis IV

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Fulfill your quest for global domination!

Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the game that defined the Grand Strategy Genre. 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.

Key Features:

  • Make your own decisions:

    Nation building is flexible. Decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and more. 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 you have at the top. Do you have a warrior King? Then it is time to make war

  • Experience history come to life:

    The great people and personalities of the past are on hand to support you. Thousands of historical events guide you, creating a unique atmosphere depending on the country you play

  • The world is now your playground:

    Players can enjoy over 300 years of gameplay with a lush topographic map in full 3D. Lead any one of more than 250 countries that originally existed during the game’s extensive time span

  • Experience the all new trade system:

    The trade system adds a new dimension to the great trade empires of the period. Seize control of key ports to expand your trade, support it with your powerful fleet and the wealth of the world will flow to you

  • Bring out your diplomatic skills:

    Deeper diplomatic gameplay with coalitions, threats, fleet basing rights and detailed support for rebels. Featuring a new unilateral opinion system that, for example, allows a country to dislike you while you remain neutral towards them

  • Engage in 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

Customer reviews


Another excellent grand strategy game from Paradox

Legolas_Katarn | Oct. 10, 2015 | See all Legolas_Katarn's reviews »

While Crusader King 2 takes place during the time when families vied for power and was about your attempts to unite the land for your family, Europa Universalis takes place during the years following the time when Crusader Kings 2 ends and is about controlling and gaining power for your nation. While your nation will have a ruler, which will change over time, you will not be dealing with personal events, instead your ruler and advisers stats will effect how well you nation does in different areas. You will need to research new technology and ways to govern while attempting to take over or vassalize new territory. Quick expansions can cause problems within your nation as different cultures and religions will have difficulty mixing. The game is complicated and will take time to learn but it is easier to get into than many of the other popular Paradox strategy games. Like their other titles a lot of high quality expansions have been released that add a lot of new and interesting features.


A great blend of sandbox strategy and historical game

palmtreebearer | Aug. 18, 2015 | See all palmtreebearer's reviews »

Creating a game that feels historical (at least in the first few hundred years) and at the same time does not feel too railroaded can be difficult, but I think EU4 does a good job. Obviously it is possible to go very ahistorical and the AI will often do some ahistorical thing, and with some of the DLC it is even encouraged, but there are a few scripted events and ways of managing your nation that still makes the game feel like it is in the correct era. Overall a fun game with endless possibilities, but as with many Paradox games there is a lot of DLC. Still, it is a fun game even without the DLC.


One of my favorite Strategy games of all time.

logicbomb | May 28, 2015 | See all logicbomb's reviews »

Fantastic game with lots of ways to play and strategies to win. It does have a bit of a learning curve but if you stick it out for a few hours and learn the basic's you will find you have invested 50 hours before you know it and have the game down. Each time you play things happen differently and your once powerful allies might be begging you for help in the next game.


Best Grand Strategy Game Ever!

Pandita | March 27, 2015 | See all Pandita's reviews »

Europa Universalis IV is my favourite strategy game, and favourite grand strategy game, of all time. The game is immensely addictive and offers fantastic replay-ability. EUIV is nominally centred around the European powers of the 15th - 19th centuries, although a global spread of historical nations are playable, and with the latest DLC, a custom nation designer makes any nation possible. A common theme of the game is expansion, as these European powers (primarily, but not exclusively) seek to colonise the globe. Be warned, however, that EUIV is challenging – it actually took me a while to like it, as it requires a fair amount of hours to learn all the basics (and even then, as an experienced player, I still need to refresh myself!). That being said, is this challenging aspect that makes the game so great! Given the range of nations, as more experienced players get to grips with the “easier” Great Powers, the general trend is to branch out to non-European nations, to attempt global supremacy from a different perspective.


A masterpiece

BLameira | March 6, 2015 | See all BLameira's reviews »

Europa Universalis IV is the ultimate grand strategy game. Starting in 1444, you can become a world great power through dominance in Europe, colonisation or both you are trying to imitate historical Spain. I found this game easier to play than Crusader Kings II, also from Paradox, which is the reason to give a higher rating in this game. Since Art of War patch the game has received a massive increase of the number of provinces, making it even deeper. So, pick up army and march, or you squadron and set sail to glory of your empire!