Starting with version 1.3 Livy, Music Modding is now available on Imperator!
This is made possible thanks to a crucial under the hood improvement introduced by updating the Music System internally to a new version of our JominiMusicManager and also updating Fmod to version 2.x. Players won’t immediately notice any differences to the music playback, but there’s a bunch of cool stuff that this new Music System brings with it and we hope to make use of them more in the future.
The long story short is that one of our talented programmers (Will Jordan) has found a way to use the API from Fmod to playback mp3s, ogg, (or pretty much whatever audio filetype that FMOD supports) directly using just a filepath! For modders this means that if you want to add or replace music to the core game, it is as simple as adding a folder with the songs, adding a new txt file with music definitions and boom, all those tracks are now going to be available inside the game music player.
Try the Mod!
If you want to try it out yourself, a new mod has been uploaded to Steam today that adds all the soundtrack from
"Europa Universalis Rome" and changes the main track to be the one that shipped with the 2008 version. It should automatically extract itself on the “Documents > Paradox Interactive > Imperator > mod” folder, and from there you just need to enable it through the PDX launcher on Steam and then make sure the build is 1.3+ .
Also, with these new MusicManager comes new Debug Tools: Such as Music.PlayTrack nameOfTheTrack , Music.Pause, Music.Reset and Music.Weight which are all quite handy to test out specific songs, check spacing and pauses between them and so on. More info on that upon request
(These files will be added inside the game’s music folder, overwriting the main theme definition, and appending the extra songs)
When we started thinking about supporting Audio Modding for Imperator, we looked at what our community requested the most and prioritized our scope around that.
We learned then that the highest requested feature was to be able to add more music to the base game.
Also, we wanted to make it as simple as possible for anyone.
Adapting new tech and methods tends to create friction, and Fmod is an amazing tool that enables us to make our games sound even better, but from a modding perspective it definitely looks quite different to what our community has been accustomed to through all these years. Therefore, by providing a simple way that is as straightforward and familiar as it ever was, we hope Music Modding will be very well received and motivate any of you to create and share your own music mods.
So join us on a trip down memory lane and download this music mod that automatically adds an additional hour of music to the base game:
Europa Universalis: Rome Music Mod
Europa Universalis: Rome Soundtrack
Composed by: Andreas Waldetoft
- Main Theme - Legions of Rome
- Rome Goes to War
- Riding to Battle
- Rome is the Light
- The Senate
- Eagle Fly North
- The Field
- Vae Victis
- To Victory
- Barbarians Approaching
- Battle of Zama
- Elysian Fields
- All Trade Routes Lead to Rome
- Rock and Rome
- Victorious - Rome Finale
Total runtime: 70 minutes