Game Profile - Europa Universalis IV on PC

Europa Universalis IV (abbreviated EUIV or EU4) is a grand strategy computer game.

The game is mainly set in the historical era of the initial European exploration and colonization of the New World. It opens against the historical backdrop of the tail end of the Hundred Years War and the decline of the Byzantine Empire and continues through to the Revolutionary periods of the United States and France, and concludes after the historical era of the Napoleonic Wars. However, during the course of play, player decisions will radically alter the course of history, so that by game's end, much of the game world may differ far from reality. Hundreds of nations from this period are playable, from superpowers such as France and Russia to regional powers like Persia and Bavaria or even backwater countries such as the native american tribes or the far eastern nations as Bali and the various Indian princedoms.

The time span of the game ranges almost four centuries, beginning on 11 November 1444 A.D. (the day after the crushing defeat of the Poles and Hungarians by the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Varna, and the death of King Władysław III of Poland), and ending 1 January 1821 A.D. (the year of Napoleon Bonaparte's death). The game map spans the entire Earth (minus the polar regions), and players are free to explore and expand into most of it except for certain lands such as deserts and tundra that are considered uninhabitable. There are different historical scenarios in which the players can choose to start the game, such as the discovery of the Americas in 1492, the Thirty Years War or the War of Spanish Succession, for example.

Europa Universalis IV recycles and improves upon many features of the previous installment of EU series, all while seeking to introduce a more streamlined and beginner-friendly interface, without alienating the more experienced fans. EUIV is within the "4X" genre of games, because it permits a player to 'explore,' 'expand,' 'exploit' and 'exterminate.' Players can choose to play single-player mode versus the AI, or multiplayer over a LAN or the Internet against a mix of human and AI opponents.

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Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
Paradox Development Studio
Publisher(s)
Paradox Interactive
Genre(s)
NA Release Date
August 13, 2013
MVGL User Score
8.4

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