atrician IV is the latest sequel in the top-selling historical trading simulation and strategy series. In the game, you are a merchant in northern Europe during the late Middle Ages, a time when the Hanseatic League, a powerful economic and political alliance, was flourishing. Your goal is to rise to become the most successful and influential member of the League, ultimately being elected Elderman, or leader, of the trading alliance. Begin by bargaining with common goods, then build up your own production and establish a merchant fleet. Later on, you will gain more and more political influence and even establish new towns.
However, a Hanse merchant's life can also have its dark side. On your way to power you have to hold your ground against fierce rivals, whom you have to battle via economic competition, price wars or even direct sabotage. Will you even engage in piracy?