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The Updates will be integrated without branding, but the added information will be given in Update Spoilers in the post below.
- The game will be released August 13th and can be pre-ordered
- The Game is playable, rest of development is polishing
Engine, Performance and System Requirements
-The game run on the Clausewitz 2.5 engine, an upgrade of the Clausewitz 2 engine of Crusader Kings II.
-The game is planned to have multi-core support.
-There are no plans to make the game take advantage of 64 bits system at present (it will run on them, in 32 bits mode)
Recommended System requirements:
Operating system: XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard disk space: 2 GB HD Space
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 1024mb video memory required
Sound Card: Direct X-compatible soundcard
DirectX: 9. 0 c
Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
Multiplayer: Up to 32 other players in multiplayer mode
Minimum System requirements:
Operating system: XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz eller AMD 3500+
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard disk space: 2 GB HD Space
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb video memory required
Sound: Direct X- compatible soundcard
DirectX®: 9. 0 c
Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
Multiplayer: Up to 32 other players in multiplayer mode
On DRM, Steam, DLCs, and DVDs
-The game will only be available in a Steam version
-Paradox doesn't like to have DRM on their own titles when they can avoid it.
-It's doubtftul that there will be a physical release of Paradox games from 2013 onward.
-Every country will always be playable, there won't be DLC locking away countries
-There appears to be from videos an in-game store of some variety
-Cloud Save will be available
-The game will be released for Mac, PC and Linux on Day 1
-50 different achievements
-only in Ironman Mode
GENERAL GAMEPLAY STUFF
General Game Philosophy
-While rulers have a much greater importance, you still play as the country, not its ruler nor its dynasty.
-Europa Universalis 4 is based on Europa Universalis 3 with all expansions; most features from Divine Wind 5.2 are still used in some form.
-The designers do not want to dramatically increase the complexity level. The game should be as accessible as possible (while still complex).
-The game span over 300 years, starting on November 11, 1444 (after the battle of Varna) into the late 18th century.
-The ten countries pre-selected for the grand campaign are the eight tier-one countries, Poland and Venice.
-There are four tiers of nations getting differeing level of focus from Paradox designers, from the most critical ones to no-special-attention
-The eight tier one (most critical) nations are France, Ottoman, Spain, Russia, England, Portugal, Austria and Sweden
-Netherland would have are tier 2 because of how relatively unlikely to appear they are.
-There are nine tier 2 and nineteen tier 3 nations, detailed here : http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...55-The-3-tiers...
-Most of the works on the tier-1/2/3 countries is already done
-colonist get sent to a country and 10 people arrive
-as long as he stays he fastens growth, but can’t colonize new provinces
-There will be an Ironman Mode for Steam Achievements
-EU4 itself will save the game at various points
-no reloading, no console
AI Difficulty settings
-Easy: AI plays at reduced skill level, less aggressively towards player
-Normal: Full Skill level, normal aggressively towards player nations
-Hard: Full Skill level, more aggressively towards player nations
-Player: All player nations get economic, diplomatic and military bonuses
-None: Nobody gets bonuses
-AI: All AI Nations get bonuses
-With Index and following buttons: Country, Buildings, Military, Economy, Trade, Relations
Hints and Tutorial
-Hint mode with hints for different concepts and related topics for further information
-Tutorial in three parts, Basic, Advanced and Tutorial Campaign
Map graphics and information
-Winter will have effects, and parts of the ocean may freeze
-Borders will be the colored borders from Crusader King II. The aim will be for them to feel smooth and adapted to the terrain.
-An aim is to have important information directly on the map.
-The number of mapmodes should be about the same
-There will be 23 map modes, a new one will be accepted culture. Six of them can be configured for hotkeys
-Provinces are renamable
Actual Map/Province Design
-The map is now based on the Victoria II projection.
-The province count will be about 10% higher than EU3. Eastern Europe and India especially will gain new provinces. Japan will lose some.
-There have been major map improvement, especially outside Western Europe
Five Segments with informations
-Economy: Base-Tax, Tariff, Production, Total Income, religion, HRE-status
-Demographic: Countries with core, claims, culture
-Queue: Build new regiments, recruit mercenaries
-Military: Manpower, Supply Limit, attrition, garission, fort
-Trade: Trade Power, Trade Value, Produced Goods
-No provincial decisions
-Basic Information and actions can be done even while having multiple units selected, sieging or fighting
-several abilities now need military power like assault or scorch earth
-new action: Force March, faster movemnt for military points
ON ARMIES AND NAVIES
On the military
-The military system will get somewhat of an overhaul, but will still be very largely the standard Europa Universalis system.
-The game will still only have the three basic unit types, infantry, cavalry, artillery.
-Morale recovers much more slowly than in previous game.
-infantry, cavalry and artillery
-each unit represents 1k man
-cavalry cost double infantry cost
-artillery available at land tech 7 (limber)
-more cavalry than infantry loses „combined arms“ bonus
-Pirate patrols and naval range still appear to be in.
-Fleets can be assigned to protect trade routes, which improve your trade power in that region.
-Force limits calculations have been changed. Merchants now increase naval force limits
-Two Kind of Fleet basing rights: Use of ports just for stationing or also for controlling trade nodes (costs rent)
-heavy, light, galleys and transports
-Each construction represents one ship, strength is measured in percentage
-each ship type has a certain power, amount of guns and hull size which determines fighting power
-ships aren't upgraded, they need to be rebuild
-Having large portions of your fleet out on trade missions increase naval tradition.
-High tradition gives you bonus, like higher morale and quicker manpower recovery
-Maintaining tradition during peace time is now harder
-Tradition changes occur each month, not only at the end of the year.
-Armies can shatter -> retreat more than one province away, 25% faster movement
-Won battles can disorganize your army, when morale drops to low -> unable to move until recovered morale
-new battle interface -> you can see which regiment fights which
-variable combat width (in opposition to EU III) effected by terrain and technology
-range (for flanking) now also depends on troops in the regiment (>75% full, >50% half, >25% at 25% width) , always rounded down (infantry either has 1 or 0 range )
-Increased Supply limit, difference between safe/hostile territories lowered
-attrition now is calculated on the size of your army compared tot he supply limit (10% for double, 20% for triple and so on)
-An empty manpower pool takes about ten years to fully recover
-slower reinforcement and depends in hostile territory more an maneuver skill
-every unit that needs to reinforce during war costs double on top
-Battles grant army tradition and prestige
-AI will attach small armies to allied forces
-Large AI nations will have Hunter-Killer armies only used for Army destruction, hunting and quick aid for allied armies, not sieging itself.
-every non-colony province requires a siege
-sieges is divided by siege ticks every ~30 days depending on different factors like defensiveness or difference in military tactics
-at each siege tick a dice is rolled, at maximum the walls are breached, if all dicerolls reach a certain level, the siege is won
-detailed information in the siege screen
Annexation & Integration
-Diplomat gets sent to an vassal to annex it and remains there until called back or vassal is annexed
-a small vassal can take between 5 and 20 years
-count against land force limit
-faster to recruit
-don’t cost manpower to reinforce
CHARACTERS (Leaders, Advisors, Envoys)
General Characters Information
-Characters are still, in general, randomly generated ("in 99% of cases").
-Historical characters exist for the "start at any date" feature.
-Leaders will work primarily as in EU3, but envoys (Colonists, Diplomats) are no longer used to recruit leaders.
-Generals should live about 7-8 years on average.
-Monarchs and mature heirs can lead
-Recruiting a leader no longer cost military tradition
-Land Leaders (generals and conquistadors) cost 25 military power to recruit
-naval Leaders (Admirals and Explorers) cost 25 diplomatic power to recruit
-Conquistadors and Explorers can venture into unexplored land
-leader skill is partly related to military/naval tradition
-four attributes from 0 to 6, Fire, Shock, Maneuver and Siege
-Leaders cost one military power each month -> soft cap
-Advisors are divided in three groups representing the three monarch stats, which they increase between 1 and 3. You cannot have two advisor of one group.
-Each group has five different advisor, each with a specific bonus. That bonus is the same regardless of advisor skill (which affect the monarch stat bonus).
-They are now far more expansive than they used to be.
-The advisor creation system is drastically different from EU3, and no longer involves cultural tradition (which no longer exists).
-Envoys are now named characters, not an expendabe resource. When you send one on a mission, you won't regain them until the mission is over.
-They are divided in four envoy types: Merchant, Colonist, Missionary, Diplomat. The Spies and Magistrates have been removed.
-Each agent is identical; how many of them you get depend on ideas, tech, government type, etc. Sending them on mission does not cost money.
-Diplomats will take over some spy abilities from EU3. Some of their actions will have instantaneous effects, but not all.
-Missionaries will work largely as in EU3, although the hard limit on how many you can have may make converstion chance increase valuable.
-Diplomacy will be more important than in EU3. You will be able to exert diplomatic threats and pressure, and to support rebels.
-Infamy will be removed and replaced by overexpansion
-Aggressive Expansion as a new time
-Naming a country as your rival will improve your relation with their other rivals.
-you can only maintain limited diplomatic relations at the same time i.e. marriages, alliances, vassals, guarantees...
-You declare your rivals (up to three)
-Key information about diplomatic relation (war score, truce duration) will be displayed in the diplomatic interface.
-Similar diplomatic interactions have been grouped together in the list of interactions, in sub-menus.
-There will be no more randomness in proposals, the AI says Yes or No and gave a detailed breakdown of reasons why and why not
-AI uses all diplomatic Interactions (like selling/buying provinces)
-Military access and the right to base fleets in a country are now separate agreements.
-There will be coalitions, which are targeted alliances against a specific country (offensively or defensively).
-Relation value will be unilateral: each country will have its individual opinion of other countries, instead of a single value for both countries.
-As in Crusader Kings 2, you will be able to see specific information as to why your relation with a country are as they are (for example, +25 for shared religion).<
-Some relations values modifiers are fixed, others decay over time.
-Your in-game opinion of a country will influence your actions against that country, for example your ability to declare war.
-Improve relations: A diplomat is sent to a country and slowly increases relations until called back
-Insults: Reduces relations by -25 for ten years and gives casus belli
-Overextension: Directly related to the amount of basetax you earn from non-core provinces (independent from your size)
Attitudes (like Threatened, hostile, outraged)
-influenced by strategic goals
-dominate the AIs behavior (joining/starting coalitions, alliances, wars)
-alliance directed against a single country -> only fires in the event of war with that nation
-Only one coalition against a nation at the same time
-Initially only for Catholic Countries by organization through the pope
War Declaration and Peace Offers
-You declare war with a casus belli (like EU) and a war goal (like Victoria) and if you fulfill your wargoal your warscore ticks up (like CK II) up to another 20%
-You can demand provinces for a third country not involved in the war
-You can demand a part of your enemies trade power
-The peace interfaces remembers the last offer
-There's now one Interface for demanding and offering, but you can't do both in one peace offer
-Possibility of Enforcing Peace by threatening to join the war
-No more War Capacity instead War Enthusiasm
-Modifies needed Warscore for a peace treaty
-AI has levels of importance on different wargoals like high for Core provinces and no possibility of accepting for lacklocked isolated provinces.
-Spies are replaced with diplomats
-diplomat is unavailable as long as on covert action
-Own Idea group
- Privateers: +33% embargo efficiency. You can always embargo your rivals, but this idea adds some extra bite to that policy choice.
- Vetting: +30% defence against enemy covert actions. You can’t have good espionage without good counter espionage.
- Rumourmongering: Allows Sabotage Reputation, a special covert action that will be discussed in more detail below.
- Efficienct Spies: +10% more efficient covert actions. Considering the relative scarcity of diplomats for most countries, you might want to get a little more bang for your buck.
- Shady Recruitment: 33% less relation penalty for being discovered. It’s unfortunate when your spies are found out, but some sorts of characters are just expected to be a little bit unsavory.
- Destabilising Efforts: Allows Sow Discontent, a special covert action that will be discussed in more detail below.
- Espionage: Allows Infiltrade Administration, a special covert action that will be discussed in more detail below.
-unlock bonus: +50 rebel support efficiency
- Fabricate Claims
- Infiltrate Administration
- Sow Discontent
- Sabotage Reputation
- Support Rebels
On the Emperor/HRE
-two extra free diplomatic agreements
-can declare war on any country at war with a member oft he HRE
-can liberate conquered Imperial States
-can go to war to revoke electoral status
-when fewer than seven electors, can grant electoral status
-Reforms: Emperor can call for vote and sees who votes what and why, higher authority eases vote
-Elections: new formula, dramatical dislike for vassalizing an elector
-War in the Empire: You can revoke more than one reform in war against the emperor
-Authority increases per one for each year without internal war and decreases per one for every year with less than seven electors
On Trade Routes
-There will be actual trade routes on the map, which will be static. You will send merchants along these trade routes to bring the trade your way.
-As the game progress, trade will shift from being centered on the Mediteranean toward being centered on the Atlantic.
-Controling the estuaries of navigable rivers will have an effect on your income
-Trade nodes are not located in specific provinces, so you can't control them by just controling one province.
-Trade routes will not be of different color and will be subtle outside trade map mode.
On redirecting trade
-Merchants enable you to quickly increase power in a trade node, or to build an office that gives you money from that node.
-Light ships can be sent on a trade mission to redirect trade your way, but only if you have fleet basing rights or a province in that region.
On the Budget
-All income is now monthly. There is no yearly tax.
-All money goes straight to budget; it can no longer be invested in tech or stability. Inflation will now result from loans and gold mines only.
-It will be possible to repay loans before they are due.
-There is no limit in taking loans
-Resources distribution for already-settled provinces will not be randomized, but colonizable territory will work like in Divine Wind.
-There will only be one resource per province
-Religions have highly changed effect. No more free colonists for the christians.
-Countries will play differently depending on which religion they are. Some religions have unique features and abilities.
-Religious unity, based on the percentage of your base tax that come from right-religion provinces, affect stability cost and revolt risk.
-The new relation code will avoid nations with different religion becoming arch-enemies within a few years.
-The reformation will look very similar to EU3
-Missionaries: Converting a province is now a process taking time, not working by chance
-Christians no longer get free colonists.
-Catholics will use the papacy, vying to get a cardinal they support into the curia (cardinals in the curia are locked on who they support)
-Orthodox will have to cope with patriarch authority, which range from 0 to 100%, and grant bonus to manpower and revolt risk and penalties to tax.
-Protestant and reformed have no final decision as of yet on whether or not they will get a special mechanic
-Muslims will have piety, which is earned by fighting non-muslims, and affect revolt risk, defensiveness, morale, research, manpower and tax income.
-A fully impious Ottoman nation could come close to keeping up with westerners in technology
-Muslim nations will suffer bad things if they have a regency council.
- +1 Tolerance to Own
- +100% Chance of new Heir
- +0.25 Land Morale
- +100% Chance of new Heir
-New concept Reform Desire: Rises when nations neglect the legitimacy of the Catholic Church for their own gains
-Protestantism can appear when Reform Desire is high
-Defender of Faith has lower conversion risk
-Cardinals in the Curia also lowers conversion risk
On Dynasties, Rulers and Heirs
-The game will not be using full-fledged dynastic systems, like Crusader Kings II.
-The information about the heir will still be displayed (if any); it will now be possible to appoint your heir as a military leader.
-There is a mechanism involving random rulers after your starting one, but it's a bit more interesting than that (Johan)
-There are no plans for in-game ruler portraits of any sort.
Ruler Stats and Points
-The three old monarch stats (Adm/Mil/Dip) are still in, but now ranked from 0 to 6. This is how many ability points of that type you gain each month.
-Advisor contribute between 1 and 3 points (dependign on skill) to one specific monarch stat, but you cannot have more than one advisor per stat.
-These monarch points accumulate, allowing you to use different abilities, to a cap of 999 (higher for uncivilized nations). They do not vanish when your ruler dies.
-Getting a bad monarch will thus actually limit your options.
-Monarch Points work the same for republics
-War exhaustion can be decreased and stability risen with Monarch Power
-Monarch points allow you to perform a variety of actions, which are variable in cost.
-Capital Movement, Technological Advance and Idea selection are high-cost monarch abilities.
-Core Creation, Stability Increase and Inflation Reduction are medium-cost monarch abilities.
-Assaulting, Constructing Building and the upkeep cost for diplomatic deals and military leaders are low-cost monarch abilities.
-Other abilities include forced march and creating a leader.
-Stability will be increased by spending administrative points.
-Changing culture of a province is done with monarch power, in a province that doesn't have an accepted culture.
-It costs 50 administrative points to make a province a core.
ON GOVERNMENT AND REBELLIONS
- +10% Manpower
- +10% income from vassals
- +100% Manpower
- +100% Land Force Limit
- -50% Relations Change
- +33% Vassal Income
- +100% Chance of new Heir
- Tolerance to Own +2
- Tolerance to Heretic -2
- +0.1 Papal Influence (if catholic)
Can switch to other monarchies freely.
- 10% Cheaper Core Creation
- 10% Cheaper Unjustified Demands
On changing governments
-A monarchy will only convert to a republic if forced to by a revolution
-Upgrading government will cost 50 administrative points
-Republican Tradition is a value that represent how strongly attached to republican ways your country is. You start with 1% and gain 1% per year.
-Reelecting the same person loses you 10% tradition, and if you do it with your tradition too low (or otherwise hit 0%) you become a despotic monarchy.
-Uncontested rebellions will spread to neighboring provinces
-Rebel factions will exist even when there's no active rebellion, and you will be able to take steps to manage them, including negociation
-Revolt risk will not reduce manpower by an equal amount
-New Rebels can spawn in rebel-controlled territory
-Rebel-armies will be destroyed if defeated, except pretenders-armies
-base morale and technology depend on either home country or the if supported, on the country that supports them.
-different rebeltypes have different morale, i.e. peasants have low morale, noble higher
-No limit on negotiating with rebels
-Blockades, casualties, war taxes and attrition cause war exhaustion to increase
-War exhaustion weaken the moral of your troops and your manpower as well as your reinforcement speed in addition to increasing revolt risk
-Overextension is a new feature based on having too much tax income coming in from non-core provinces
-Overextension increase revolt risk and stability cost and lower trade income, among other things
-Overextension is directly related to the amount of basetax you earn from non-core provinces (independent from your size, i.e. 6 basetax give 6% overextension)
-Stability cost is affected by religious disunity and overextension, but no longer by number and type of provinces.
-Provinces get cored through administrative power points
-cost depends on basetax of province
-coring is not instant, but takes three years without modifiers
-each non-overseas province increases coring time by 5%
-overseas provinces core instantly and cost only 10%
ON (NATIONAL) IDEAS (& Domestic policy)
On National Ideas and Domestic Policy
-Domestic policies (the sliders) are gone, replaced by the Ideas. Ideas are divided in sixteen groups of seven ideas.
-There are up to eight idea group slots (so you can have eight at most), unlocked by tech. Ideas are bought with monarch points.
-When buying ideas, you can either get the next idea of a group you have, or if a slot is free, the first of a new group.
-When you have all seven ideas in a group, you gain an additional bonus. In addition, each three idea you purchase unlock a national idea.
On Idea Groups
-The Groups are:
-Quality, Quantity, Offensive, Defensive, Aristocracy, Plutocracy, Innovative, Religion,
-Espionage, Diplomatic, Trade, Economic, Exploration, Naval, Expansion, Administrative.
-Some idea groups are mutually exclusive: you cannot have both plutocracy and aristocracy (but you can have both quality/quantity).
Administration Ideas: (Uses Administrative Points)
Patron of the Arts: Prestige Decay: -2.0%
Pragmatism: Mercenary Cost: -25.0%
Scientific Revolution: Technology Cost: -5.0%
Knowledge Transfer: Yearly Army Tradition Decay -2.00%, Yearly Navy Tradition Decay -2.00%
Organized Recruitment: Regiment Recruitment Time: -10.0%
Optimism: Monthly War Exhaustion: -0.05
Formalized Officer Corps: Leader(s) Without Upkeep: +1
Capstone: Advisor Costs: -25.0%
Unam Sanctam: Permanent Casus Belli against all other religious groups.
Missionary Schools: Missionaries: +1
Church Attendance Duty: Stability Cost Modifier: -25.0%
Devoutness: Tolerance of the True Faith: +1.00
Religious Tradition: Yearly Prestige: +1.00
Ecumenism: Tolerance of Heretics: +2.00
Capstone: Better Relations Over Time: +50.0%
Privateers: Embargo Efficiency: +33.0%
Vetting: National Spy Defense: +25.0%
Rumormongering: -May Sabotage Relations
Efficient Spies: Spy Offense: +25.0%
Shady Recruitment: Covert Action Relation Impact: -33.0%
Destabilizing Efforts: -May Sow Discontent
Espionage: -May Infiltrate Administration
Capstone: Rebel Support Efficiency: +50.0%
Bureaucracy: National Tax Modifier: +10.0%
Organized Construction: Build Cost: -20.0%
National Bank: Yearly Inflation Reduction: -0.10
Debt and Loans: Interest per annum: -1.00
Centralization: Possible Advisors: +1
Nationalistic Enthusiasm: Land Maintenance Modifier: +10.0%
Smithian Economics: Production Efficiency +20.0%
Capstone: -May reduce inflation with direct action
Organized Mercenary Payments: Mercenary Cost: -25.0%
Benefits for Mercenaries: Mercenary Maintenance Cost: -33.0%
Mercenary Recruitment: Additional Mercenaries Available: +50.0%
Bookkeeping: Interest per annum: -1.00
Administrative Efficiency: Possible Advisors: +1
Resilient State: National Spy Defense: +25.0%
War Cabinet: Cost of Reducing War Exhaustion: -33.0%
Capstone: Production Efficiency: +20.0%
Diplomatic Ideas: (Uses Diplomatic Points)
Foreign Embassies: Diplomats: +1
Claim Fabrication: Time to fabricate claims: -50.0%
Cabinet: Diplomatic Relations: +3
Adaptability: Core Creation Cost: +33.0%
Revolution and Counter-Revolution: Permanent Casus Belli versus other government types
Quill Skipped (Appears to be a diplomatic reputation increase)
Flexible Negotiation: Unjustified Demands: -33.0%
Capstone: -Lowered impact on stability from diplomatic actions.
Shrewd Commerce Practice: Global Trade Power: +10.0%
Free Trade: Merchants: +1
Merchant Adventures: Trade Range: +25.0%
National Trade Policy: Trade Efficiency: +10.0%
Overseas Merchants: Merchants: +1
Trade Manipulation: Trade Steering: +25.0%
Fast Negotiations: National Trade Income Modifier: +10.0%
Capstone: +1 Merchant
Colonial Venture: Colonist: +1
Quest for the New World: -Allows recruitment of explorers and conquistadors.
Overseas Expansion: Colonial Trade Range: +50.0%
Land of Opportunity: Global Settler Increase: +33.0%
Viceroys: Global Tariffs: +33.0%
Free Colonies: Colonists: +1
Global Empire: Overseas Income: +10.0%
Capstone: Permanent Casus Belli against Pagans
Superior Seamanship: Morale of Navies: +1.00
Naval Glory: Prestige from Naval battles: +100.0%
Grand Navy: Naval Forcelimits Modifier: +100.0%
Seahawks: Yearly Naval Tradition: +1.00
Excellent Shipwrights: Naval Leader Maneuver: +2.00
Naval Fighting Instruction: Blockade Efficiency: +50.0%
Press Gangs: Ship Costs: -33.0%
Capstone: Ships can repair when in coastal sea zones
Additional Colonists: Colonists: +1
Additional Merchants: Merchants: +1
Faster Colonists: Colonist Travel Time: -33.0%
Additional Diplomats: Diplomatic Relations: +2
Improved Shipyards: Ship Construction Time: -10.0%
Experienced Diplomats: Diplomatic Reputation: +3
Competitive Merchants: Global Trade Power: +20.0%
Capstone: Permanent Casus Belli against less advanced nations in Asia
Military Ideas: (Uses Military Points)
Noble Knights: Calvary Cost: -25.0%
Local Nobility: Hostile Core Creation Cost: +100.0%
Serfdom: National Manpower Modifier: +25.0%
Noble Officers: Leader Shock: +1.00
International Nobility: Diplomats: +1
Noble Resilience: Cost of Reducing War Exhaustion: -20.0%
Military Traditions: Military Technology Cost: -10.0%
Capstone: Calvary Combat Ability: +10.0%
Bayonet Leaders: Leader Shock: +1.00
National Conscripts: National Manpower Modifier: +25.0%
Superior Firepower: Leader Fire: +1.00
Glorious Arms: Prestige from Land battles: +100.0%
Improved Maneuver: Land Leader Maneuver: +1.00
Grand Army: Land Forcelimits Modifier: +25.0%
Espirit de Corps: Discipline: +10.0%
Capstone: Forced March (+150% movement speed to troops)
Battlefield Commission: Yearly Army Tradition: +1.00
Military Drill: Morale of Armies: +0.50
Engineer Corps: Leader Siege: +1.00
Regimental System: Land Maintenance Modifier: -10.0%
Defensive Mentality: Fort Defense: +33.0%
Supply Trains: Reinforce Speed: +33.0%
Improved Foraging: Land Attrition: -50.0%
Capstone: +1.00 Attrition
Private to Marshal: Infantry Combat Ability: +10.0%
Quality Education: Recover army morale speed: +5.0%
Finest of Horses: Calvary Combat Ability: +10.0%
Oak Forests for Ships: Heavy Ship Combat Ability: +10.0%
Naval Drill: Recover navy morale speed: +5.0%
Merchant Marine: Light Ship Combat Ability: +10.0%
Massed Battery: Artillery Combat Ability: +10.0%
Capstone: Discipline: +15.0%
Benefits for Horse Owners: Calvary Cost: -10.0%
The Young can serve: Manpower Recovery Speed: +20.0%
Enforced Service: Infantry Cost: -10.0%
The Old and Infirm: Land Maintenance Modifier: -10.0%
Ship’s Penny: Ship Costs: -10.0%
Standardized Artillery: Artillery Cost: -10.0%
Levèe en Masse: National Manpower Modifier: +50.0%
Capstone: Land Forcelimits Modifier: +33.0%
-Each nation has a set of seven ideas: for minor nations, a generic set. For major nation, they instead have their own unique set.
-For each three ideas (not idea groups) you implement, you get a bonus idea from this set of seven.
National Tradition and Ambition
-Each nation has a national tradition, which is a bonus unique to them that they have from the start of the game.
-Each nation also has an ambition, which is a special bonus they get upon unlocking their entire set of seven ideas.
-Sweden's Tradition gives -25% Mercenary Cost, +5% Infantry Combat Ability, and its ambition gives +1 leader shock value
-Westernization will be different in EU IV (see below)
-Research is bought with monarch powers, and no longer the result of investing your monthly income.
-Technology is now split in three categories, instead of the old five, matching the three monarch values (administrative, diplomatic, and military)
-Naval and trade are now part of diplomatic tech, and government and production part of administrative technology.
-There are 33 technologies in each of the three groupes, all of them named and all of them with a clear impact.
-There will not be a chance of failure when researching technology
-The base cost of technology is 400 points. It can be modified by many things, including tech group, but will never be higher than 999 points.
-However, the multiplier for researching a tech ahead of time can increase the cost above 999.
-There will be a tooltip on the cost bar for new technologies informing you of the modifier to each tech's cost, including the expected research date.
-Integrated in the tech-system
-to start Westernization: Western neighbour ahead in tech and +3 stability
-when started, stability drops to -3, monarch power wiped
-Westernization is a progress, every month current stability is added
-New World nations can switch directly to Western, when the Europeans come
Countries and History Files
-There are over 250 playable countries in the span of the game. (Announcement)
-There are over 1000 leaders and 4000 monarchs. (Announcement)
-There will be thousand of historical events to guide you and provide flavor. (Announcement)
-the aim is to make each country feel different without railroading them.
-These historical events will pop up when they're supposed to, but you will be free to make your own history.
-There will be many more events unique to countries and years.
-All regular EU3 events are still in, except those that worked with a mechanism that is not in EU4.
-Many new generic events will be added.
-Thirty three nations will receive extra attention: eight primary nations, nine secondary ones, and sixteen tertiary ones.
Dynamic Historical Events
-There are dynamic historical events. These are specific historical events.
-They are tied to specific countries: the War of the Roses has will only happen to England
-They have much more specific conditions than in EU2 : the War of the Roses require you to have no heirs before 1500.
-On average, these events will be focused on European nations.
-The Protestant Reformation is NOT a DHE: it will happen much like in EU3.
Specific Event Chains
-The Protestant Reformation is handled as it was in EU3.
-The War of the Rose is a DHE chain unique to England.
-The old Time of Troubles event has now gotten a new generic name, so that Time of Trouble can now be a Russia-specific event
On history and determinism
-The game is not going back to the determinism of EU II (Captain Gars)
-History will play a larger part (Captain Gars)
-Burgundy continuing to exist after 1477 is not seen as a problem by Paradox. They want plausible, not determined (Johan)
-EU 4 will have the same open outcomes as EU3 (Johan)
-Formed nations have different sets of national ideas depending on what the forming nation picked before formation.
Modding in general
-The game will be very moddable (Announcement)
-The modding language is based on EU3, but expanded, more constant and more flexible (Captain Gars)
-Adding many provinces and tags to the game will always cause lag (Johan)
-The game will be optimised for how many tags they need, expecting about a 10-20% increase in tags. (Johan)
-The map will be very moddable (Besuchov)
-The game will not be compatible with old (EU3) map mods due to a few changes made.
ON OTHER GAMES
Compared to EU3
-There will be some things in EU IV very similar to EU III; these are the parts the developers felt worked and were popular. 4
-Population seems to be removed
Features Removed from EU3
-Features not included in this list are probably still in the game (though they could be modified)
-The daimyo/Shogunate system
-Centers of Trades, Trade Rights, Trade Leagues, Trade Agreements, Open Markets
-Automated core gains
Features from other games
-There will not be a Victoria-style pop system in EU4. (King)
-There will not be a Rome-style pop system in EU4 (King)
-It's too late to change this (King)
-There will not be multiple settlements inside one province ala CK II (Johan)
-There will be an Crusader Kings II to Europa Universalis IV Savegame-Converter
-It will be free for pre-order-buyers, otherwise cost 9,99 $/€
-It can convert savegames of any date and also any startdate of Crusader Kings II
-creates a dynamic modification for a converted savegame for created nations/religions and so on
-Pagans get converted to Shamanism or Animism, reformed Pagans become normal religions
-The game will not integrate features from Magna Mundi (Strategy Gamer interview)
-The game was well advanced in planning before the MM cancellation decision was made. There is no connection whatsoever between MM and EU4.
General mutiplayer stuff
-The multiplayer will include hotjoin
-The game should include cooperative multiplayer where multiple players control a country.
-The multiplayer will include support for stand-alone servers
-A chat feature, with chat channels and whispering
-Multiplayer only via Steam
-The only (MP) options will be Difficulty, AI Aggressivness, Lucky Nations, Hotjoin, Coop and Ironman (No Re-Loading/Console), all others were scraped