May 6, 2021

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The latest expansion of Europa Universalis IV has a 90% negative review on Steam

Europa Universalis IVThe latest expansion, Leviathan, adds new ways to enrich your historic empire. Unfortunately it seems a killing of bugs led to this being the ugliest Steam game with 90% negative reviews.

The paradox has been exposed a hotfix which addresses many issues, but not nearly all. There is a problem megathread in EU4 forum and a similar post on Reddit cataloging issues, including bugs, balance problems and missing content.

Leviathan is the first EU4 DLC produced by new studio Paradox Tinto, led by original EUIV designer Johan Andersson. In a deleted post (available at the Web Archive) on the game forum, Andersson wrote that “they have identified and corrected some issues in our production process based on what has been learned from this release and are taking concrete action – both to fix existing issues and to ensure that future releases will reach the quality you expect. ”

Sa a post on the same forum, Paradox community manager BjornB expressed similar sentiments. “Obviously we made a serious miscalculation of the state of the version we decided to release and we’re really sorry about that. But like I also said earlier: at this point there are just no words, we or I say can fix things. I can promise you that we’re working as hard as we can to remove the patches, and we’ve looked carefully at how to allow this to happen. ”

This isn’t the first time the Paradox DLC has been released to heavy criticism from its community. The previous DLC, Emperor, was a lot of paradise even less and currently has mixed review on Steam. Dharma, the DLC before that, already has most negative reviews. Prison Architect’s DLC is similarly criticized for being buggy and imbalanced.

Last year, we spoke to many current and former Paradox QA staff who said wages were unpaid and poorly treated.

“When it comes to when people talk about bugs and stuff in games, you always hear ‘QA don’t do their job, blah, blah, blah.’ But what they don’t know is that there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes in these games that they don’t know, ”someone told us. “You don’t know anything about what it is beneath the surface, because a lot of companies are very good at showing this front.”