Paradox Development Studio and Europa Universalis IV have released their 8th world conquering expansion, Mare Nostrum. This expansion takes players to the waves as they compete with roguish pirates and pesky slaves. Mare Nostrum has tweaked several ideas while bringing a few fresh ones to the fore: corruption from overzealous expansion, map sharing, army rental, and the concept of individual sailors are just a few of the changes.
Also, massive areas of the map have been addressed and made to behave and feel more dynamic, e.g., Central/East Africa, Madagascar, and Ireland.
It’s not surprising that ideas of trade and spying have also been tweaked or, in the latter, completely overhauled — ” Instead of sending diplomats to carry out sustained spy actions, there is now a new ‘Create Spy Network’ sustained action, where your diplomat covertly builds up a spy network in another country. Spy networks are size 0-100, and espionage actions other than Build Spy Network are now instant actions that cost a certain amount of spy network points when used but are guaranteed to succeed (for example, Sow Discontent applies the Discontent Sown modifier to the target country for 5 years) [ Source]
- Map Sharing: This is a new diplomatic action, where you can ask other nations for their map of a certain region.
- Naval Missions: New mission system makes it easier to send your fleets to a region, and expect them to survive.
- Barbary Raids: North African Muslim states can raid the coastlines of their neighbors for gold and sailors.
- Trade Leagues: Band together and form Trade Leagues for the common defence and, more importantly, common riches.
- Condottieri: Nations can rent their armies out to fight in other people’s wars, earning valuable coin for the realm.
Even with the seemingly large changes, many of which are included for free with the 1.16 update, a sizable amount of EU4 players aren’t pleased with the $15 price tag — even garnering Mare Nostrum with a Mixed review on Steam.
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