Europa Universalis set to expand...again

01 Mar 2016 0

Europa Universalis IV is a fantastic game and one of the reasons is that it has expanded more than the elastic on my sweatpants after Thanksgiving dinner. Seriously, there have been more EUIV expansions this winter than snowstorms which excites both me and my snowblower, but it makes keeping up with the renaissance Joneses harder and harder to do.

The latest expansion is the upcoming Mare Nostrum which, if you're not up on your Latin, was what the Romans called the Mediterranean. As such, this expansion will deal with the oceans and seas of the world and change up a lot of how navies work in EUIV: 

Mare Nostrum, therefore, takes its name from the major changes made to the naval game in Europa Universalis. For example, your coastal provinces produce sailors who will be needed to man and repair the warships and transports you have come to rely on. A new mission system for naval orders simplifies naval management, and the Barbary Coast nations of North Africa can now raid their neighbors for gold and sailor conscripts.

Those aren't the only additions, however:

  • Condottieri: Rent out your soldiers as mercenaries to give an underdog a fighting chance while filling your treasury
  • Trade Leagues: For merchant republics, the power of the purse is amplified by creating economic and military alliances
  • Share Maps: Instead of waiting for the world to come to you, ask your friends if they have discoveries they are willing to share.
  • PLUS changes to diplomacy, subject nation management and much more, including the usual major patch that will be a FREE upgrade to all EU4 owners.

No date on Mare Nostrum yet, other than "soon". If you haven't picked up the base game of Europa Universalis IV yet, grab it here on Steam. That should keep you busy for awhile...

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