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Europa Universalis 4 demo hits Steam

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A demo for Empire-building strategy game Europa Universalis 4 is now available on Steam for Windows PC, Mac and Linux, developer Paradox Development Studio announced today.

The demo comes shortly before its Aug. 13 release on Windows PC, Mac and Linux, and offers 28 years of play as either Venice, the Ottoman Empire, Portugal or Austria. Multiplayer modes and save and load functions are not available in the demo.

At launch, the Steam version will include Steam Workshop support and cross-platform multiplayer across Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Europa Universalis 4 can be pre-ordered through the game's official website or through numerous online retailers for $39.99 or $44.99 for the Digital Extreme Edition.

In our recent feature on the Swedish developer, lead game programmer Johan Andersson told Polygon that with Europa Universalis 4, he hopes to keep the complexity Paradox's fans admire, while lowering the level of complication to bring in players used to simpler titles.