In 1488, the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope, discovering a sea route to India and opening up the Indian Ocean for European trade. Over the succeeding centuries, merchants and adventurers would follow this route to lands rich in spice and silk. Diamonds as big as your fist decorated the thrones of dozens of princes ruling over millions subjects. The foreign traders would make themselves masters of this land. Will you?
Paradox Development Studio is happy to announce the release of Europa Universalis IV: Dharma, the latest expansion to its celebrated grand strategy game of exploration and high politics in the early modern era. Dharma brings a host of new systems and game options to EU4, with a focus on the Indian subcontinent.
But even non-Indian nations will see dramatic changes to the game. The new Government Reform system allows you to customize how you rule your lands, choosing bonuses that will strengthen your kingdom. Will you protect the nobles in return for more manpower or crush their independence so more taxes fill your coffers? Do you want a parliament or an absolute ruler?
Other features in Europa Universalis IV: Dharma include:
- Reworked Policy System: Policies get a new look in the free update, but Dharma will include special bonuses that make this system even more attractive.
- Trade Company Investments: Upgrade and improve the provinces tied to your trade companies, conferring bonuses both to the European master and neighboring Indian nations.
- New Indian Mission Trees: Unique mission paths for the most important Indian sultanates and kingdoms.
- New Indian Estates: Alongside a free update to the estate system, India gets five new castes. Raise the brahmins to reduce unrest in a province or install Jain governors for a boost to income while reducing manpower..
- New Mughal Culture Bonus: The Mughal Empire can assimilate and accommodate newly conquered cultures with ease.
- Charter Companies: Europeans can buy a foothold into trade charter zones in Africa and Asia, if they can find a prince that trusts them.
- Upgraded Trade Centers: Invest in the development of your Centers of Trade
- And more, including: new ways to suppress rebellion, the monsoon season, new uses for colonists in non-colonial development, scornful insults, multiplayer teams, new art, and a host of new achievements.
A new Content Pack is also available, adding new Indian army models including war elephants, dozens of new advisor portraits and over ten minutes of new original music.
Dharma’s release coincides with the Mughals update, free for all Europa Universalis IV players. This update includes a more detailed map of the Indian region, a renewed Estate system, and a new approach to Policies.
Europa Universalis IV: Dharma is available now on Steam and the Paradox Store.