Paradox Interactive has used Gamescom this year to do something pretty spectacular: announce a new entry in the acclaimed Europa Universalis series (and apparently I’m four days late on this news, but this is what happens when you miss everything until the press release arrives).
What will this game involve, you ask? Great question! The answer is… awesome stuff, according to the press release:
Make your own decisions: Nation building is completely flexible
Use your Monarch Power: In this new system, a leader’s traits 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 over 300 years of gameplay in a lush topographical map in full 3D
Gain control of vital trade routes and make the wealth of the world flow to your coffers in the all-new trade system
Bring out your negotiating skills in a deeper diplomatic system
Go online and battle against your friends in an all-new multiplayer game mode that features hot-join, improved chatting, a new matchmaking server, and support for a standalone server
Create your own history and customize your game: Europa Universalis IV gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire
This is genuinely great news. This series is easily one of the most beloved grand strategy games out there, and for that group this is essentially like the announcement of a new Civilization game.
Enjoy the trailer below and don’t forget, if you do want to try this series out, there’s no need to wait for the fourth game to release – you can earn Europa Universalis III for free through our Frequent Flyers program!