Paradox's in-house strategies are known for their size and complexity. Their official announcements about release times and demo plans, however? Those can be unceremoniously sparse. The latest Europa Universalis 4 dev update, aptly titled "a very small development diary", confirms the game's planned launch time, and teases the possibility of a pre-release demo.
"The game will go live at 9AM EST, which is about 15.00 in the afternoon Swedish time. (on the 13th of August)," writes Paradox Studio Manager Johan Andersson. That's 2pm BST.
"Demo will be released at the end of this week if the Gods smile upon us."
Hopefully, the Gods do. Paradox picked up a lot of fans with Crusader Kings 2 - a fact they're all too happy to capitalise on with the announcement of CK2 to EU4 save converter. But despite the similarities present through the engine and world map, it's a very different type of strategy. It's good that the studio plan to let potential fans give it a shot before the game comes out.