If you’ve been paying attention to Paradox’s grand strategy games this week, you’ll have noticed that Europa Universalis IV just received its own expansion and free update. The Leviathan EU4 DLC adds new mechanics that allow you to play ‘tall’, whereas the free 1.31 ‘Majapahit’ update attempts to give some fresh content for indigenous tribes across the map.
Neither update has worked out quite as well as was intended. In the three days since it launched, several bugs and major issues have been reported – including being able to cancel AI monument building – along with some major balance issues. The expansion is officially Steam’s worst-rated launch ever, and a 1.31.1 hotfix was quickly released.
Sadly, players are now directing hatred towards not only Paradox as a company, but also specific members of the development team at Paradox Tinto, the new studio formed in Barcelona that’s now in charge of EU4’s development. Other teams within Paradox Interactive’s umbrella have noticed and voiced their own concerns regarding toxicity and feedback, specifically the Hearts of Iron devs.