Europa Universalis IV official artwork and logo for the Cradle of Civilization expansion

Continuing the tradition of releasing two expansions at the same time, Paradox has just announced that Europa Universalis IV's Cradle of Civilization DLC will be coming in mid-November alongside Crusader Kings 2's Jade Dragon. The upcoming expansion will bring with it a variety of improvements to the Middle East, including new mechanics and features related to government, trade policies and religion, as well as the ability to exploit a region in order to quickly gain some cash or manpower while essentially sabotaging its future.

If you would like to learn a little bit more, as well as see what all of these new mechanics might look like in-game, I'd recommend checking out the recent Feature Breakdown video. It's a little bit on the lengthy side, but it should give you a good idea of what to expect from the Cradle of Civilization expansion. Have a look:

Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization will be coming this November 16th at a €20 price tag. A bit too expensive for my tastes, but I suppose I'm not exactly the target audience here. Either way, if you would like to learn more, or just grab yourself a copy once the expansion finally arrives, you should head on over to the Paradox website. And as a final note, let me leave you with the original announcement trailer, just to help set the proper atmosphere: