Paradox set to bring the Cossacks to Europa Universalis IV next week

By Dave Neumann 23 Nov 2015 0

I do not want to be the guy following that horse with a shovel.

Having my head stuck in the world of mobile gaming over at Pocket Tactics means that I tend to miss a lot of PC game news, even when it's about games that I love. Europa Universalis IV is one such game, and its latest expansion, The Cossacks, was announced back in October. That's not all, though, Paradox also solidified a release date a couple weeks ago. We can expect to see The Cossacks arrive on December 1.

The Cossacks expansion adds more than just well, the Cossacks. The biggest addition are Estates in which you can assign control of provinces to local factions such as nobles or priests. This will decrease your income from the province, but can improve stablity or provide you with cheaper units or manpower. The downside it that Estates can become powerful and start to think about redecorating that province with your head as the centerpiece. There's more:

  • Estates: Adds internal politics in your country, with power groupings such as the Church, Nobility and Bourgeois fighting for control.
  • Diplomatic Feedback: Adds the ability to interact much more deeply with the AI by setting your attitude and telling it what you want out of wars. 
  • Tengri: New religion mechanics focusing on Syncretism. Tengri have a secondary religion that they fully tolerate, and can change this secondary religion at will.
  • Horde Unity and Razing: Hordes must attack their neighbors to secure plunder in order to keep the tribes happy, or risk a tribal uprising. Hordes can raze territories they conquer to get monarch points and raise horde unity. 
  • Advanced Culture Change: Adds the ability to choose what culture you want to convert a province to from any neighbouring culture, or restore the original culture of the province. 
  • Native Policies: Adds the ability to set your policy towards the natives in your colonies, allowing you to focus on trade, assimilation, or subjugation.
  • Improved Espionage: Two new spy actions allowing you to study the technology of more advanced countries and agitate for liberty in your enemies subjects.

The Cossacks expansion will be available on December 1st for both Steam and direct download from Paradox.

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