Paradox Development Studios ups the stakes with the latest and third expansion from Europa Universalis IV – The Art of War. Centered on the 30 Years War and bubbling political instability between church and state, this expansion features improved gameplay mechanics that’s puts warfare at the forefront of your quest for domination and triumph.
Improved naval combat and full army control means the course of victory rests solely on your shoulders. Will you choose to triumph alone or rely on the combat strengths of your allies? Your decision will decide if your empire lasts through the ages.
30 years War: Unique mechanics and events for the religious conflict that ravaged Europe. Napoleonic Era: Fight for or against the revolution and create entirely new custom client countries on the map from your conquests.
Fighting on land or at sea: You can now sortie from sieges, transfer occupation to allies and give objectives to your subjects and allies. Entire Fleets can now be upgraded with one click, you can now mothball fleets to avoid paying maintenance, and your fleets can be set to automatically transport armies.
Marches: Turn your vessals into bulwarks against your enemies, getting less tax but strengthening their defences.
Improved Diplomacy: Sell Surplus Ships, Fight for your subjects CB, Declare War in Support of Rebel factions in other countries and new peace options.
Gameplay Enhancements: Build entire armies in one click and abandon cores that you no longer wish to support.
Free Features for the accompanying patch: Completely new rebel mechanic, local autonomy on province level, new cardinal system for Catholics, new reformation mechanics and a new look map.
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For me this feels mandatory, because otherwise war literally feels obsolete and left out. Mothballing is my favourite - when I play as a land master I don't need fleets early on - so mothballing just leaves them to rot, but not get destroyed. Transferring the siege occupation is really necessary if you go for a vassal swarm, or just want to give allies some land so they don't feel left out. Overall it fleshes out the aspect of war of EU4 and is, unlike most of the new Expansions - very good to own and every feature helps everyone.
Almost everything new works great! (Which is a lot!) However, the automated fleet transport is a joke and letting your allies use your transports tend to desync the game in multiplayer. The settings of objectives for allies in war does not seem to work either, only for subjects. All in all very good dlc though!
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