Europa Universalis IV

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Europa Universalis IV
Europa Universalis IV cover
Developers
Paradox Development Studio
Publishers
Paradox Interactive
Engines
Clausewitz
Release dates
Windows August 13, 2013
macOS (OS X) August 13, 2013
Linux August 13, 2013
Reception
Metacritic 87
IGDB 85
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Genres Strategy, Simulation
Art styles Realistic
Series Europa Universalis
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Europa Universalis IV on IGDB
Europa Universalis IV on MobyGames
Europa Universalis IV on Wikipedia
Europa Universalis
Europa Universalis 2000
Europa Universalis II 2001
Europa Universalis III 2007
Europa Universalis: Rome 2008
For the Glory: A Europa Universalis Game 2009
Europa Universalis IV 2013

General information

Official Forum
Steam Community Discussions
Europa Universalis 4 Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Publisher website
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Digital Extreme Edition and Europa Universalis IV: Collection also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Amazon.com
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Digital Extreme Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
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Digital Extreme Edition, Conquest Collection, Empire Founder Pack also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Digital Extreme Edition, Conquest Collection and Europa Universalis IV collection also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Empire Founder Pack, Conquest Collection and Europa Universalis IV: Collection also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included in Xbox Game Pass for PC. Empire Founder Pack Digital Extreme Edition and Empire Bundle also available.
Windows
Steam
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Empire Founder Pack, Digital Extreme Edition and Empire Bundle also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All OS X and Linux versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The Empire Founder Pack includes the Rights of Man, Art of War and Common Sense DLC.
The Digital Extreme Edition includes Horsemen of the Crescent Unit Pack, Star and Crescent DLC, Conquest of Constantinople Music pack, American Dream, The 100 Years War Unit Pack, The Purple Phoenix Expansion DLC.
The Conquest Collection includes one expansion pack Conquest of Paradise and 16 additional smaller DLC.
The Empire Bundle is available on Steam and the Microsoft Store only and includes every major expansion pack released up to 2020.
The Europa Universalis IV collection includes all DLC released up to July 2014.

Demo/free trial[edit]

A demo was previously available on Steam but has since been withdrawn due to it no longer reflecting the game in it's current state.[1]

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
DLC Smaller DLC consist of Flavour, Immersion and Sound packs that adds to new gameplay elements but instead new visuals and sounds.
Expansion pack Many packs have been released that can either add to or alter gameplay, though are typically accompanied with a free update that adds the most major changes to all players.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Call-to-Arms Pack Contains the content that was part of the sign-up campaign held before launch, adding Winged Hussars Unit Pack (cosmetic) and National Monuments Pack (cosmetic).
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Digital Extreme Edition Upgrade Pack Contains the content of Extreme Edition, adding Star and Crescent (flavor pack), Horsemen of the Crescent Unit Pack (cosmetic) and Conquest of Constantinople Music Pack (music).
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Pre-Order Pack Contains the pre-order bonus content Purple Phoenix (flavor pack) and 100 Years War Unit Pack (cosmetic).
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Conquest of Paradise Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Wealth of Nations Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Res Publica Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Art of War Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
El Dorado Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Common Sense Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Cossacks Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mare Nostrum Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Rights of Man Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mandate of Heaven Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cradle of Civilization Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Third Rome Immersion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Rule Britannia Immersion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Purple Phoenix Flavor pack (also part of Pre-Order Pack)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Star and Crescent Flavor pack (also part of Digital Extreme Upgrade Pack)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
American Dream Flavor pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Women in History Flavor pack (free)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Several music packs Music packs add new music created after the game's release to the game's soundtrack. A full list is available here.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Several cosmetic packs Cosmetic packs add graphical enhancements to the game, whether by additional unit models, landmarks or portraits. A full list is available here.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Several e-books A full list is available here.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
This list of DLC contains only DLC-packs available on release, as well as expansions, immersion packs ("something between a full expansion and a small graphics pack"[2]) and flavor packs (even smaller "mini expansions"). A complete list with more detailed descriptions is available on the EU4 Wiki here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[3][edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Europa Universalis IV\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Europa Universalis IV/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Paradox Interactive/Europa Universalis IV/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[3][edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Europa Universalis IV\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Europa Universalis IV/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Paradox Interactive/Europa Universalis IV/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
[4]
4K Ultra HD
For experimental UI scaling support add "gui_scale=2.000000" to settings.txt stored in Documents/Paradox Interactive/EU4. If font is still blurry/small, use a font mod from Steam Workshop. (eg. Another Stellaris Font)
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Controlled by maxanisotropy parameter inside settings.txt. Possible values goes from 0 to 16
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA. Controlled by "Multisample Level".
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

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

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, music and ambient.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
German
Fan translation.
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
256 Versus, Co-op
Other players join via "scan LAN" button.[5]
[6]
Online play
12 Versus, Co-op
[6]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Dedicated Server files are included in the installation folder.
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Mouse cursor not bound to game[edit]

CursorLock[citation needed]
  1. Download CursorLock.
  2. Open CursorLockSetup.exe
  3. Shortcut > User mode
  4. Switch to the Hotkeys tab and enable Toggle Lock Hotkey and choose a hotkey
  5. Click Create Shortcut
  6. Activate the shortcut, switch back to EUIV, and use the lock hotkey to bind the cursor to the game

Black outline of North America[edit]

Download most recent drivers[citation needed]
  1. Download your most recent graphics drivers.

Black or wrong flags[edit]

Delete the gfx folder[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Delete the gfx folder.
  3. Launch the game.

Alt-tabbing out and back in changes system resolution (Linux)[edit]

Since the introduction of the new launcher, alt-tabbing out of the game and back into it changes the system resolution and consequently makes the game unplayable. This can be prevented by bypassing the launcher via a terminal command.
Launch the game without the launcher via the command line[citation needed]
  1. Execute <path-to-game>/eu4 -skiplauncher
  2. To enable mods, add -mod=$MOD where $MOD is the filename of the mod you want to enable.
  3. To disable DLC, add -exclude_dlx=$DLC where $DLC is the filename of the piece of DLC you want to disable.
Use a third-party launcher[citation needed]
  1. Download PyParadox following the installation instructions here.
  2. The dependencies are pip and PyQt5. They are installed with sudo apt-get install python3-pip python3-pyqt5.
  3. The launcher itself is installed with sudo pip3 install pyparadox.
  4. The launcher can be run with pyparadox-qt eu4.
  5. To tell Steam to use the new launcher:
    1. Right-click on Europa Universalis IV.
    2. Click on Properties.
    3. Click on Set launch options... in the General tab.
    4. Enter pyparadox-qt eu4 %command%.

Notes

If your version of Linux has significantly newer libraries than the Steam Runtime, the launcher may not apply the correct Qt theme.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz
AMD 3500+
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon X1900
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) Direct X- compatible soundcard
Controller 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers.
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.11
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo (2GHz or better)
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 6750
Nvidia GeForce 320
Nvidia GeForce 9600
1 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Controller 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers.
Other Broadband Internet connection
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 6750
Nvidia GeForce 320
Nvidia GeForce 9600
1 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Controller 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers.
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.

References

  1. Paradox Support: Europa Universalis IV - Is there a demo? - last accessed on 2021-01-25
  2. https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/eu4-development-diary-16th-of-may-2017.1022208/
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paradox Support: Europa Universalis IV - Europa Universalis IV file locations - last accessed on 2021-01-25
  4. Steam Community :: Group :: /r/ultrawidemasterrace Group
  5. How do I start a LAN game? :: Europa Universalis IV General Discussions
  6. 6.0 6.1 Europa Universalis 4 Wiki - Multiplayer - last accessed on 2019-03-02
    "The game allows up to 256 players to participate in the same multiplayer game, but that limit is usually only tenable on a high-speed local area network (LAN). Paradox suggests games played over the Internet are likely to only support up to 12 players."
  7. https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/black-flags-shields.712492/