Paradox Celebrates International Women’s Day With Free DLC

By Nik Gaukroger 06 Mar 2015 0

The depiction of women in computer games is, rightly, something of a hot topic at the moment, and much e-ink has been spilled on it especially on social media. Possibly because of this Paradox are releasing an update to Europa Universalis IV to add more female characters into the game.

 

Free Europa Universalis IV Add-on Brings the Great Women of History

STOCKHOLM – The pages of history books are filled with the stories of great men – but also great women: artists, authors, councilors, and rulers. Would Tenochtitlan have fallen without the language skills of Malinche guiding Cortez? Had the reign of Edward IV not been cut short by illness, would England have still ruled the seas, deprived of the strong hand of Elizabeth I?

To mark International Women’s Day (March 8th) Paradox Development Studio has created a free update for Europa Universalis IV, adding 100 great women of history to the game. Each character can be generated through event triggers (a weak regency, a colonial empire, certain ideas, etc.). Players will then have choices about how to use this talented woman. Some may join your court as advisors, some might be suitable for riskier employment as rulers or leaders.

Thomas Johansson, the head of Paradox Development Studio, says that this DLC does something important for the company’s flagship title:

"It's no surprise that the role of women in history isn't as well known as that of men,” Johansson says. “Europa Universalis, admittedly, hasn't done a lot to foreground their contributions. We thought that International Women's Day was the best time to do a little bit to help balance the scales and introduce our audience to some very interesting people."

The Women’s History DLC is free for all Europa Universalis IV players and will be available on March 8th, 2015. The Full changelog is available here: forum.paradoxplaza.com

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