The latest dev diary from Paradox Development Studios for the Wealth of Nations expansion for Europa Universalis IV is the second to look at more "free features" coming in patch 1.6; they're not DLC dependent.
The 'Macro Build Interface' has undergone a "big rework" and so now it also lets us core provinces, send missionaries etc. They tweaked loans, Holy Roman reforms and calling allies.
The Macro UI let us choose to recruit units and construct buildings by selecting them from a list and then the desired province, and Paradox feel this should be expanded.
"First up is a big rework of the interface we like to call the Macro Build Interface, the interface that lets you build stuff like buildings and armies by clicking on the map. It used to be that it had to tabs that allowed you to build either units of buildings. Among all the interfaces in EU4 that was the one that added the most to making the game smoother to play and we figure we could do more with it," said Paradox.
"For 1.6 we have added the following to that interface: Make Core, Change culture, Send Missionary and Harsh Treatment. To further improve usability you of course get information per province relevant to what you are trying to build, revolt risk for Harsh Treatment for example. A minor thing is that you can now more clear how much power each building will cost."
The other changes include a new 'Repay All Loans' button so we don't get swamped in debt, checking a box to say how far we're willingly to accept reforms within the Holy Roman Empire as a member, and the ability to uncheck allies from the list of those we'd like to join us in war if we know they'd refuse or would get in the way.
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