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Europa Universalis III
Europa Universalis III cover
Paradox Development Studio
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Paradox Interactive
Release dates
Windows January 23, 2007
macOS (OS X) November 2, 2007
Metacritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Point and select
Genres Strategy, Simulation
Themes Historical
Series Europa Universalis
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General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
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Official forum
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Europa Universalis III: Complete
macOS (OS X)
Europa Universalis III: Complete
Green Man Gaming
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Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Europa Universalis III: Complete
macOS (OS X)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
[1] Europa Universalis III: Complete
Free demo: steam://install/22150
macOS (OS X)
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Europa Universalis III: Complete[2]
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
macOS (OS X)
Origin (unavailable)
Europa Universalis III: Complete
For more, see here.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Napoleon's Ambition Extends timeline from 1453-1793 to 1453-1822.
macOS (OS X)
In Nomine Extends timeline to start at 1399.
macOS (OS X)
Heir to the Throne Improved Casus belli system.
Note that from this expansion on the Mac, PowerPC support was dropped.
macOS (OS X)
Divine Wind
macOS (OS X)
Europa Universalis III: Complete includes Napoleon's Ambition and In Nomine. Europa Universalis III: Chronicles includes Heir to the Throne and Divine Wind.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/25800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save Games\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/25800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Change fullscreen=yes to =no in settings.txt file. Also change your resolution to a lower one, otherwise it won't work.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Change anisotropicfiltering=0 to =1 in settings.txt file.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8 times Multisampling.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No spoken audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Co-op, Versus
Online play
Co-op, Versus

Issues fixed

DirectX Issue

Problems with the game crashing, with an error in d3dx9_35.dll or d3dx9_41.dll may be caused by missing DirectX 9 components. Installing DirectX 9.0c from Microsoft may correct this problem. Install the DirectX End-User Runtimes.

Required Software

Along with DirectX 9.0c, Europa Universalis requires additional Microsoft software to run on Windows. These may already be installed on your computer, however if you are having problems, reinstalling them may help.

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package
  • The latest version of .NET Framework

Tutorial Crashing

The Europa Universalis Complete edition contains a tutorial mode that does not function, and Paradox has advised players not to use it. Beginning with the second tutorial, the game may crash when the tutorial is activated. Renaming or deleting the game's music folder may prevent the crash, at the expense of the music.

Crash when viewing ledger

This occurs when playing DLC Heir to the Throne. It is fixed in Divine Wind, or in one of the released beta patches.

Downloading the beta patch requires you to register your game with Paradox Plaza.

Music Issues

If the music doesn't play, installing k-lite codec pack may correct this.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 2.0
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
The game supported PowerPC processors through the second expansion.
After the Heir to the Throne expansion, only Intel processors are supported.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.9 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.9 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Hardware Transform & Lighting support
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) Intel
PowerPC G5 (until Heir to the Throne)
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 5200
ATI Radeon 9600
Intel GMA 950


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/25800/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (25800) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Verified by User:Itsumi1117 on 2022-10-21
  2. Welcome to Games for Windows Marketplace - Games for Windows - last accessed on 19 August 2022