Victoria 3's AI can be tweaked to play a balanced, lenient, or aggressive game, but if you're up for an extra challenge or need a helping hand as you tackle leading a country, its multiplayer mode might be right up your alley.
As was the case with other Paradox Interactive-published grand strategy games, Victoria 3's multiplayer component is available at launch, giving other players the chance to join your games as rivals, neutral parties, or provide some much-needed co-op support when things don't quite go your way.
Victoria 3 Multiplayer
Jumping into a Victoria 3 multiplayer game is easily done from the main menu, where you have separate buttons for hosting your own or joining other people's games.
If you choose to host a Victoria 3 multiplayer game, you can either begin anew from the one available launch start date or load an existing saved game.
You can choose whether you want your session to be public or private, give it a custom name, or pick a password that only allows players who know it to join.
- Victoria 3 multiplayer/co-op support status: Available at launch
Ticking the Auto-accept Hot join box also makes it so that you won't have to manually accept requests from players who enter your game after it begins.
The Game Info tab in the top right side of the screen then provides detailed information about available DLCs and mods.
After you've set up your game, you can select the country you want to play as or opt to take on the role of observer.
On the lower left side of your screen, you'll also find the server ID, providing another alternative to inviting specific players to your game.
Although there are no separate Victoria 3 co-op scenarios at launch, nothing stops you from teaming up with other players, aside from that burning desire to show everyone that you're the best at managing your economy and society.
If you instead opt to join a Victoria 3 multiplayer game, you'll jump straight to the country selection stage while, naturally, being unable to directly modify the parameters mentioned above.
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