EU4 - Development Diary - 26th of May 2016

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Welcome to another development diary about Europa Universalis IV. This time we talk about something that will be in the next major patch we do.

One of the parts of the game that has not changed much since eu1 is the concept of technology groups and technological development around the world. We’ve added concepts like westernising, and tweaked that one, but in the end Europe has a huge advantage from day 1, and lots of fun gameplay options are limited the further away you are.

So this is what will happen in 1.18, when it is released this autumn..

A nation’s technology group no longer affect technology research.

There is now a concept called Institutions, which will affect your technology research. There are seven different institutions that appear over the game, and if you don’t get them to spread into your country and then get embraced by your government, your technology costs will slowly rise.




Each institution will appear in a province fullfilling certain factors, and then slowly spread around the world. The nation owning that province will gain prestige and monarch power.

Every year the penalty for not having embraced an institution will grow by 1%, so there is a gradual process.

When an institution has spread to at least 10% of your development, you can embrace it in your government, removing the penalty permanently, and also giving a bonus to your nation. The cost to embrace depends on the amount of development in your nation without the institution.

All institutions spread over borders (including 1 seazone away), if relations are positive, and the spread is based on development in the province getting it. There are also lots of other factors related to the spread.

So which are the the seven institutions then?

Feudalism
This is present from the start in almost all the world, except among the hordes, new world and sub-saharan africa. It will slowly spread into neighboring lands, but it is not quick.
Bonus: Gives 1 extra free leader.
Penalty: 50%


Renaissance
This appears in Italy after 1450, in either a capital or a 20+ development province. It will spread quickly through high development in europe, particularly through italy, but can only spread into provinces that have feudalism already.
Bonus: 5% Cheaper Development & 5% Cheaper Buildings
Penalty: 20%


Colonialism
Appears after 1500 in a port province in Europe, who’s owner has the Quest of the New World idea, and have discovered the new world. And will spread very quickly through any port in countries with colonies.
Bonus: +10% Provincial Trade Power
Penalty: 20%


Printing Press
This arrives after 1550, most likely in germany, but can happen in any protestant or reformed province. It will spread quickly in Protestant and Reformed territory, but also into capitals with dip tech 15.
Bonus: 5& Cheaper Stability
Penalty: 20%


Global Trade
This arrives after 1600, in a center of trade in the highest value trade node, and will spread quicker into provinces with trade buildings.
Bonus: +1 Merchant
Penalty: 20%

Manufactories
This arrives after 1650 in a province with 30 development and a manufactory, and will spread quicker into provinces with manufactories.
Bonus: +10% Goods Produced
Penalty: 20%

Enlightenment
Arrives after 1700 in a province that either is a seat of a parliament, or is a province in europe owned by a monarch with at least 5 in all stats. Universities & Parliament Seats spread this institution.
Bonus: 25% Cheaper Culture Conversion
Penalty: 30%


What does this mean?


The progress of Europe is not guaranteed, but most importantly, a nation in Asia or Africa is no longer crippled from day 1, and forced to avoid spending power on ideas and development.

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We’re constantly tweaking the spread factors, but here are some screenshots from mid 18th century in a hands-off game from this morning.

This is the institutions mapmode, where green are provinces that have all the enabled institutions, and yellow are don’t have them all.



And here is the technology mapmode, of the same game.







Some other aspects that has changed include the following
- New World Native Reforming will give you all institutions that the one you reform from has.
- Trade Companies are available to all technology groups.
- Lots and lots of triggers on western techgroups have been changed to check for specific relevant institutions.
 
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Looks awesome :)

Very nice to see how in the printscreens the institutions had also spread in diferent areas like India, and that they are keeping up with europe in tech, should make for some very interesting games.
 
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This sounds like an awesome idea, combining nice flavour, a more realistic tech curve and much better gameplay for ROTW nations.
Am I right in assuming that this (as a side effect of the feudalism bonus) means that almost all countries start out with one more free leader? If so, neat :)
 
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Are you adding Phillipine nations or are those provinces colonized?
 
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Am I right in assuming that this (as a side effect of the feudalism bonus) means that almost all countries start out with one more free leader? If so, neat :)
yes.
 
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Looks awesome, but there one thing that's really horrible in your Diary: the fact that this will come in autumn :(

And by the way, isn't there a new icon in the menu between the government and the diplomacy ones? :)
 
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What do we pay with to get institution embraced? Monarch Points? Or money, or what?
 
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Please, the printing press must be able to appear in China!
 
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Sounds like a fantastic change. I assume since Technology Groups are of less importance, so is westernization? Will it be something different now?
 
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Well this is sure to be interesting, and perhaps controversial.

Looks like there will be more agency in getting these institutions to spread than "gank the white guy colony closest to you" or "chainsaw your way to Genoese Crimea" or "beat Ottomans to Sinai then rek some random white guy in Med" (which gets a bit tiresome the 5th or 6th time you run the exact same tentacle route) so I'm cautiously optimistic here.
 
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Will the units culture group disappear too ?
 
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So this is what will happen in 1.18, when it is released this autumn.
Does this mean this expansion will be a huge one?
 
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Each institution will appear in a province fullfilling certain factors, and then slowly spread around the world. The nation owning that province will gain prestige and monarch power.
So, only one main province for each institute?
 
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Sounds like a fantastic change. I assume since Technology Groups are of less importance, so is westernization? Will it be something different now?
there is no westernisation
 
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In that patch or the next dlc id like if you could capture trade ships and get a small monetary gain from it at the expense of the owner of those ships. thank you for your consideration.
 
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What is that new tab between government and diplomacy ? Something about laws ?
 
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