The new Europa Universalis IV expansion has a release date. Leviathan, so named for Thomas Hobbes' famous political tract, will negotiate its way to launching on PC on April 27th. It'll bring lots of new diplomatic and development options.
What's coming in Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan?
As you might expect, Leviathan will focus on diplomacy and will allow you to engage in much more complex diplomatic relations with other nations and empires than are currently possible. The big new addition to Europa Universalis IV in Leviathan is the Favor system, which will let you gain benefits from other nations including material aid and altering alliances to suit your needs. You can check out Paradox's story trailer for Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan right here.
As well as Favors, Leviathan will also add lots of new features to Europa Universalis IV. Highlights include the ability to steal development from vassal states, the chance to centralize states in order to reduce government costs, and the ability to expand and establish great Monument projects for extra empire bonuses. You can also grant specializations to colony nations which will let them focus on things like military might or becoming a major trade power. Of course, there's lots more to come, but you'll have to wait and see what Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan brings to enjoy everything it has to offer.
Is there a free Europa Universalis IV update on the way too?
Absolutely. Accompanying the launch of Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan is a free update available to all players, regardless of whether or not they buy the new expansion. Paradox is promising changes to the Southeast Asia and North America maps as part of this update, as well as "major gameplay changes" for North American First Nations. This update will also add Australian Aboriginal nations, bringing an extra dimension to gameplay. We'll likely learn more about the forthcoming free Europa Universalis IV update in the coming weeks.
You'll be able to grab Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan via Steam and plenty of other digital retailers - including the official Paradox Store - starting from April 27th. It'll set you back $19.99, unlike the update, which won't cost you a single penny. Here's hoping there's a bunch of fun esoteric stuff on the way too, just like in Crusader Kings patch notes.
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