Paradox Interactive is celebrating International Women’s Day this year by adding a hundred women from across history into Europa Universalis IV.
They pose the question … Would Tenochtitlan have fallen without the language skills of Malinche guiding Cortez? Would Edward IV’s reign been cut short if it weren’t for the powerful forces and drive of Elizabeth I?
The free update allows players to generate each character through various event triggers (a weak regency, a colonial empire, certain ideas, etc.). You then have the choice of how to use the talents of these women. Some can become advisors, others might be suitable for leadership.
“It’s no surprise that the role of women in history isn’t as well known as that of men,” said Thomas Johansson, the head of Paradox Development Studio. “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 free DLC contains the following features:
- One Hundered new events for important women in history such as Queen Elizabeth I, Caterina Sforza and Sophie Germain.
- Female advisors can appear at your court in place of their male counterparts.
- Female portaits for all 22 advisor types in the game.