Europa Universalis II free on Good Old Games celebrating 20 years of the franchise

History, as written by Paradox Development Studio.

Classic Historical Strategy game Europa Universalis turns 20 today and having been one of Paradox Development Studio’s earlier games, it showcased their flair for depth and strategy that helped pave the way for proceeding titles like Hearts of Iron, Crusader Kings, and Stellaris.

Spanning the years from 1492 to 1792, players are tasked with managing the diplomacy, economy, exploration and warfare of one of the major nations in this time period. While on release the game received reasonably positive reviews, strategy competitor Civilization III outshone it in the short term. However, its deeper, more focused and realistic core has stood the test of time with strategy game enthusiasts.

To celebrate such a landmark reached for a franchise that to this day still remains, with current iteration Europa Universalis IV having released in 2013 still being updated to June of this year, GoodOldGames is making the follow up to the original Europa Universalis free for members.

Europa Universalis II invites you to a global struggle for supremacy from the dark times of Jeanne D’Arc to the flaming wars of Napoleon. As the leader of a country you have to guide domestic and foreign policies. Engage in religious struggles, set up expeditions to claim the New World, lead your country to prosperity and victory. Send your Privateers to roam the seven seas, muster mercenaries to bolster your defences, and send missionaries to convert infidels to your State Religion.

Released a year after it’s original Europa Universalis II spanned the years 1419 through 1820 and featured real-life historical events the player would need to navigate. Receiving similar critical review to its predecessor this title is also praised for the scale of its depth and strategy while expanding on religion and diplomacy.

While most can pick up and play genre-competition Civilization and after a game or two understand the ins-and-outs, the Europa Universalis franchise’s depth, focus and real-time elements ensure that mastering the game takes an understanding of true strategy, in planning or in response to the events that unfold.

You can pick up your copy of Europa Universalis II for free over at GoodOldGames.

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