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Release date / Patch
2021-11-11 / 1.32

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Origins is the 4th immersion pack for Europa Universalis IV. It was announced on 2021-10-19[1] and was released alongside patch 1.32 on 2021-11-11.

Expansion features

Rewrite history in a new immersion pack focusing on the empires of Africa. New mission trees trace the ambitions of rulers and nations across the continent that gave birth to humanity, and the Jewish faith is given more depth.

  • Jewish Religion: The Ethiopian Jews of Beta Israel are included, and Jewish nations can choose from nine religious characteristics to accentuate their national strengths.
  • New Missions: 7 big new country mission trees, 5 smaller and 4 regional mission trees for African nations.
    • Flag of Ajuuraan Ajuuraan: Control Indian Ocean trade and bring water to your desert provinces.
    • Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia: Ensure religious unity and prestige in the Kingdom of Solomon while unifying the nations of the African Horn. Also adds the noble Ç̌äwa regiments.
    • Flag of Kilwa Kilwa: Conquer your neighbors and expand your trade empire through colonization.
    • Flag of Kongo Kongo: Unite the peoples of the Congo River and confront the growing European threat.
    • Flag of Mali Mali: Halt the decline of West Africa’s greatest medieval empire and reassert control of former vassals.
    • Flag of Mutapa Mutapa: Build on the legacy of the founders of Great Zimbabwe and exploit the riches of South Africa to dominate trade.
    • Flag of Songhai Songhai: Develop your provinces and claim the mantles of Mali and Timbuktu as the new rising power.
    • 5 smaller Mission Trees 5 smaller Missiontrees for different countries and their formables:
      • Flag of Jolof Jolof: With an unique Goverment Reform: "Tribal Confederacy" and 3 unique Estate Privilegs.
      • Flag of Mossi Mossi, formable by the 3 nations Flag of Yatenga Yatenga, Flag of Wagadugu Wagadugu and Flag of Fada N'gourma Fada N'gourma who share the same tree. Mossi will have an unique Goverment Reform with unique decisions to reform it more.
      • Flag of Hausa Hausa, formable by the 3 nations Flag of Katsina Katsina, Flag of Kano Kano and Flag of Zazzau Zazzau who share the same tree and can later form Flag of Sokoto Sokoto with 3 new missions around the jihad.
      • Flag of Oyo Oyo, with an unique goverment Reform: "Feudal Tribe", an unique estate privileg for allowing tributary states and an unique cavalery mercenary company. The province Ife gets a fetishst modifier.
      • Flag of Adal Adal, with missions and events around the ethiopian-adal wars and the conquering of West Africa.
    • 4 New Regional Mission Trees: New Missions for minor powers in Central, East and West Africa, as well as the African Horn.
  • New Army Sprites: 4 new army sprites each for Congo, Great Lakes, Southern Africa and Bantu nations.
  • Two New Missionary Models: African Coptic and African Fetishist missionary animations added.
  • New Music: 12 minutes of new West African themed music, and 12 minutes of new East African themed music.

Free features

The free major update includes:

  • 52 New monuments (expanded feature from Leviathan.png Leviathan expansion).
  • Reworked concentrate development.
  • Tweaked catholic curia powers.
  • Updated technologies to require a fixed set of specific institutions.


Cinematic trailers

Europa Universalis IV: Origins release trailer. New historical adventures await you. Build new kingdoms out of old, forging an empire of gold and iron.
Europa Universalis IV: Origins announcement trailer. Rewrite the dynamic history of some of Africa's greatest kingdoms. New missions, new options and new glories await you.

Dev diaries

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the Origins immersion pack and patch 1.32 (aka Songhai).

Patch 1.32 (Songhai)
No. Title and Link Description Date
13 Reflections and the Future ..... 2021-11-16
12 Achievements, Monuments & Balance New achievements, balance and performance discussion 2021-11-09
11 1.32 Songhai Changelog Changelog of 1.32 2021-11-04
10 The 'Art of Africa' Theory New unit models for Origins & new advisor icons for Leviathan 2021-11-02
9 Judaism & Other African Changes New mechanics for Judaism and new missions, events and content for sub-Saharan African nations 2021-10-26
8.5 Balance Update for the Upcoming Content Various balance changes regarding content shown in previous developer diaries 2021-10-21
8 New Missions: Mutapa and Kilwa Mission trees and events for Kilwa and Mutapa. New formable nations in Africa and one in the Middle East. New estate privileges for Fetishist, Muslim and Christian nations 2021-10-19
7 New Monuments The addition of 52 new monuments, with an example for every continent 2021-10-13
6 New Missions: Kongo New Mission tree and events for Kongo. Adal missions and ideas, terrain changes and Cawa Unit and estate changes for Ethiopia 2021-10-05
5 Rebalancing Concentrate Development, Institutions, and More Change how Institutions work. Balance changes for catholic curia powers, concentrate development, favors, migration cooldowns and anew native tribes reform. 2021-09-28
4 New Missions: Ajuuraan and Ethiopia Mission trees, mechanics and events for Ajuuraan and Ethiopia 2021-09-21
3.5 EU4, No Mapchanges and Whys Reasons for the freeze on map changes 2021-09-14
3 New Missions: Songhai Mission tree for Songhai 2021-09-14
2 New Missions: Mali Mission tree for Mali 2021-09-07
1 State of the game, metrics and future plans Metrics, state of the game and roadmap 2021-08-24