Paradox hosted its Paradox Insider event this weekend, and in case you missed it, the company has announced a plethora of game updates. There is DLC news for Stellaris, Crusader Kings III, and Europa Universalis IV. And many updates for other titles including Empire of Sin and Survive Mars.
But I’m too excited to talk about it until we get into the new subscription service for EUIV.
Paradox has started testing a EU4 DLC subscription model at least a year ago. And, while we have seen recently Crusader Kings II launch a similar service, we hadn’t seen a cache or hair from a launch date for the EUIV service so far: It will launch on Steam on March 17 for $ 4.99 per month.
As far as we know, you’ll have access to every DLC ever released for the game, to include over 40 content packs in total. To put that in perspective: A bundle containing the game and its main expansions (17 items in total) costs over $ 250 on Steam, with a 10% discount.
Membership will not be required to play the game or its DLC for anyone who already owns them. It provides an incredible entry point for new players. Rather than picking a handful of DLC or sticking to the vanilla version of the game, players can invest $ 5 and play it all. EUIV has to offer.
I love this idea. That wouldn’t make sense for a game that only has a handful of DLC offerings, but EUIV Not only does it have a huge catalog of previous DLCs: it still receives new ones.
Paradox announced Leviathans for EUIV:
On the company’s Steam page:
Leviathan introduces new diplomatic and economic tools that help small nations overcome their weight. Attract wealth and development to your capital while seeking favors from powerful neighbors. Leviathan is also making changes to colonial rule, regencies and more.
Other upcoming Paradox releases include new DLC for Stellaris in the form of the highly anticipated Nemesis add-on and the Northern Lords Flavor Pack for Crusader Kings III.
Nemesis for Stellaris contains a bunch of gameplay updates, including new ways to interact with the galactic community, but its core lies in giving players the new ability to ‘become the Crisis’.
Apparently, players will have the opportunity to become a devastating star issue destroying the galaxy. Alternatively, you may be able to declare emergency powers and take control of the resources of the galaxy in a concentrated effort to overcome the Crisis – be prepared to relinquish that control when the danger subsides.
There is a lot of buzz around Nemesis with many experts pointing out that it looks like you’ll be able to play various plots reaching the galaxy from the Star wars franchise with it.
Nemesis launches April 15 on PC.
And then there’s the new flavor pack for CKIII. Lords of the North brings new events, units, art and music to the Viking territories.
I played the Princes of darkness mod for CKIII which reinvents the game world as a dark age playground for the living dead using the lore of Vampire: The Masquerade’s World of Darkness. But, now I know what areas I’m going to be looking at for my next vanilla part.
Then, Empire of Sin arrives on Xbox Game Pass on March 18. If you’re a fan of Paradox games or want to try some out, Xbox Game Pass for PC is one of the best deals out there. Among its hundreds of titles, it features most of the most popular Paradox games, including Crusader Kings III, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron IV, and more.
And that brings us to Survive Mars. We haven’t heard much about this one lately, so it’s great to know that not only is the game being re-developed by Abstraction, but we’ll have a free update on ‘tourism’ today. ‘hui, March 15. A new building pack is also available in the game, thanks to a partnership between Paradox and modder Silva.
Paradox says we should expect full expansion for Survive Mars by the end of the year.
Finally, as COVID-19 continues to make in-person events difficult, the company’s annual PDXCON will be held virtually under the “PDXCON REMIXED” banner. The digital-only online event will run for three days and will be free to all attendees.
That sums up the main news from the latest PDX Insider. You can check out the full feed here.