Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado Expansion is Revealed

Paradox Interactive is continually enhancing and expanding their strategy game, Europa Universalis IV.

A new expansion for the game, “El Dorado“, will focus on European colonists exploring South America. Players will apparently be able to find the legendary city of gold, and return its riches to their king. All that glitters is not gold, however, as there will also be many adventures and politics of the predominantly Spanish conquest of the region.

The expansion’s core features include:

  • A deep Nation Designer gives you new starting options for your games, including national ideas and custom monarchs
  • Experience the new Nahuatl, Inti and Mayan religions with blood sacrifices or Sun Worship
  • Send your conquistadors to hunt for the Seven Cities of Gold, or your explorer on exploration missions around the world
  • Gold Fleets can traffic New World wealth back to Europe, and be targeted by your privateer fleets
  • Use your trade fleets to hunt dangerous pirates
  • Maintain good relations with the Pope so you can get a corner of the world to call your own in the Treaty of Tordesillas

Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado is coming some time next month across Windows, Mac and Linux.

In case you missed our review for the game, you can find that here.



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  1. EvaUnitO2
    January 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    EUIV gets a bad rap among long time Paradox fans but I adore it and am looking forward to this expansion.

  2. Neojames82
    January 21, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I’m curious. why does it have a bad rap? Never played this game but it looks interesting.

  3. EvaUnitO2
    January 21, 2015 at 10:46 am

    A few reasons. People didn’t like how some of the game was more abstracted. Also, some folks felt the focus on multiplayer detracted from the AI, particularly since one of the designers on the Paradox forums had a bit of an outburst and said he would rather balance single player around multiplayer. He also made fun of the fans a bit by saying, “Explaining why it’s important to a bunch of players is a bit like trying to explain algebra to three year-olds.”nnnPeople also don’t like the move away from expansions and toward DLC. EUIV (and Crusader Kings II) have a metric ass ton of DLC. Most of it is cosmetic but there’s a significant number of it that fixes and enhances the game(s).

  4. Registration_Invalid
    January 22, 2015 at 12:41 am

    It has a high learning curve that can make it difficult for new audiences and stylistic choices that differ from the built-in Paradox audience of long-time fans. My only gripe is that it updates too often for my taste.nnnIt depends on your play style as to whether individual DLCs make things easier or harder (some are great for my playstyle while others I could do without), but it is overall a great game. The Nation Builder mentioned in the article makes this DLC a MUST for me.nnnGet the game when it goes on mega-sale on the Humble Store (sometimes 80% or more) if you are on the fence.