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


Nice improvements from EU3

m0rogfar | June 11, 2014 | See all m0rogfar's reviews »

EU4 is a game set in the age of colonization from 1444 to 1821. The game feels a bit too railroaded to me. Trade is bound to go in certain directions for example. And at other points the game encourages alternate history. This feels like a weird mix. Also the game is often patched with updates. I kind of feel that the developers don't know where they want the game to go. Still it is a great game that i have invested +300 hours in so it works for some reason. I still reccommend buying it. 300 hour is a long time.


Familiar and commemorable

karyonite | May 16, 2014 | See all karyonite's reviews »

If you're used to massive strategy games, then this game will be totally fresh in the way that you, as a ruler, exert and extend your power over a changing world.

If you played Crusader Kings 2, then you might expect more of the same, since it's sorta a sequel to it and it runs on the same engine, but nothing is less true! The whole game has had an overturn, both in mechanics as in playstyle.

Whatever strategy games you played previously, prepare to be intrigued and enticed by this fabulous game!


I want it all, and I want it... conquered!

RakuPL_Markolf | May 14, 2014 | See all RakuPL_Markolf's reviews »

Europa Universalis IV is the fourth part of the highly popular series of strategy games, developed by Paradox Interactive. Players have the opportunity to direct the development of a lots of nations over 300 years. The title offers powerful mechanisms such as those related the management of internal policy, diplomacy, economy and military, while based on a rich set of information about historical figures, events and places. Based on the same engine as Crusader Kings II it offers also a very deep intense and entertaining gameplay. Many aspects may surprise you for example a poor ruler hindering progress of your country etc. A whole world lies in front of you. You only need to conquer it.


Complex but accessible.

Pr1mus | May 9, 2014 | See all Pr1mus's reviews »

First time playing a Grand Strategy game and the task can look daunting at first. There is a lot to take in. Tons of info to parse and systems to understand. Fortunately the game offers a good series of tutorial that teaches you just enough to get you on your way and the game can also be paused at all time. You can take all the time you want to analyse the situation and make the right moves. You can make the game as hard or as easy and relaxing as you want. Pick a nation and set your own goal. Maybe conquer the new world as Sweden or prevent the downfall of the Byzantine empire at the hand of the Ottomans.

The game also looks stunning with a very striking design. I was not expecting the visuals entirely based around maps to be this good.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes strategy and wants something different from the more traditional 4X games such as Civilization.


Hard to get into, hard to stop playing

UltraJake | March 5, 2014 | See all UltraJake's reviews »

It's even better than EUIII, which was an amazing game on its own. The music is beautiful too, and besides a graphical upgrade there are new options for you to play around with now. Assuming you are reading the reviews looking for opinions on the game, let me give you some advice, assuming you decide to take the plunge.

Depending on how many grand strategy games you have played, your first time starting this game may be a doozy. There are a lot of variables to keep track of, and you will not be able to keep track of it all at first. There are some helpful tutorials online, but make sure to try your hand in-game too. (The in-game tutorials are not very good). When starting a new game it has a few "interesting" nations listed for the period you have picked. To the far left, glowing green, are nations that are best for new players. These will typically be ones like the Ottoman Empire, Castille or France. I highly recommend playing a few games with these. I would also recommend finding a friend who understands the game and is willing to play along with you in multiplayer. Don't worry, you'll learn more as you continue playing. Have fun!