The Europa Universalis IV release date has finally been announced! The game is going to come out on August 13, 2013, with a simultaneous PC, Mac, & Linux launch. The sequel to EUIII looks like it has come a long way, and taken a good deal of inspiration -- not to mention the graphics engine -- from Crusader Kings II. Check out the trailer and then we'll go into what's new in EU IV.

The Europa Universalis IV release date news comes hot on the heels of the release of Paradox's latest project, the excellent Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods. The two are in many ways opposites. The Old Gods extends the Crusader Kings timeline backwards by 200 years, to 867, the earliest of the mainline Paradox games (Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Victoria, Hearts of Iron). EU IV, on the other hand, starts roughly where Crusader Kings II ends: November 11, 1444. And it continues until the late 19th century (after several expansions, EUIII ran from 1399 to 1821). As the semi-official slogan says, EUIV is about bringing "civilization out of the dark ages." That is to say, out of Crusader Kings II.

The Europa Universalis IV release date will bring a host of new features on top of the previous installment. The most obvious is the