'Europa Universalis 4' release window, multiplayer and other details revealed

Europa Universalis 4 is aiming for a 2013 release on PC and will include a multiplayer component, according to the developer.

Europa Universalis 4, the just-announced revival of Paradox Interactive's hardcore strategy game franchise, is scheduled for a 2013 release on PC and will include a multiplayer component, according to the developer.

Europa Universalis 4's multiplayer will allow up to 32 players to battle each other or to join forces and cooperate as a single nation in a timeline encompassing thousands of historical events over 300 years.

Players will choose from more than 4,000 historical monarchs from over 250 countries. With a new system called "monarch power," a nation's leader influences the personality of the nation under his or her control. "Do you have a warrior King? Then it is time to make war," Paradox said in a press release.

The game will also include a new trade system, which players can exploit by honing a nation's trading prowess or through brute force by conquering key shipping ports.

Paradox's Q3 2013 release window spans from July 1st to September 30th. The PC system requirements appear below:

  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB free hard drive space
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900 video card, 512Mb graphics memory required, resolution at least 1024 x 768
  • Direct X-compatible sound card
  • DirectX 9
  • 3-button mouse
  • keyboard
  • speakers
  • Internet connection for multiplayer

You can check out the game's announcement trailer and a gallery featuring screenshots and concept art below.

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