At the beginning of this week, Paradox Interactive announced the first expansion pack to Europa Universalis IV, and I swear, they were reading my mind on some of these features. Considering that my review only came out a few days before the announcement, I must say they have perfect timing. Conquest of Paradise is scheduled for release on the 11th of December this year, so it’s not that far off.
And it’s got the number one feature I’ve been wanting. A randomized new world. Here is a quote about the expansion’s principal attraction, the random map generator.
In Conquest of Paradise, you as a player will have the option of completely randomizing the new world. We wanted you to have the option to really explore a brand new continent. So for the first time ever in a Paradox Development Studio game, you can now choose to discover a completely randomized American continent. Therefore, when Columbus sets sails across the ocean, he might just find some nice islands that he can use as a stopover on his route to India or something completely different. –Paradox Development Team
They’ve definitely been listening to their fan base on this one. Don’t worry, fans, they aren’t just making a random world generator, but also a overhaul for native American nations which have been in need of love for sometime. But, in pure game changing scale, it is definitely the random map generator that takes the cake. No longer do we know exactly where to place our colonies to get the best benefits. Now we can do some real exploration! Continuing a trend they have set with Crusader Kings II, there will be a lot of free stuff for the owners of EU4.
In addition to the expansion, we are working on lots of completely free gameplay features (in addition to bug fixes, of course). Even if you don’t buy the expansion, you will get completely new map modes, more playable nations, colonial nations and much more. Also, don’t worry about MP: just like in Crusader Kings II, if the host has the expansion – everyone in the MP session can use the gameplay features of Conquest of Paradise. –Paradox Development Team
So if you are hosting a LAN party, only the host needs to have Conquest of Paradise and all the players can have the benefit of it and even if you don’t have the expansion you are still gonna get a lot of content. And a nice little touch is the minimap in the corner, which now starts unclearing parts of the world that you have explored.
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