With PDXCON 2019 in full swing,
Paradox Interactive has lots of news to share today. First up is the
announcement of Crusader Kings III
, a new
installment in their medieval grand strategy series coming to PC via Steam
Xbox Game Pass
next year. This includes word that Crusader Kings II
is now free on
all platforms, correcting our recent
that this was free for just this weekend. The
for the new game is included, as are some details, and they promise to shed more
light on the plan over the coming months. Here's word:
The security of a
dynasty rests in the quality of its successors. An heir should be strong. An
heir should be forward thinking. Heirs should improve on the oversights of their
predecessors. But the most successful heirs are those who build on an already
Crusader Kings III is the sequel to the classic Paradox Development Studio game
about medieval conquest, intrigue, religion and high drama. It is a firm step in
the direction of a new generation of grand strategy games, with new 3D character
models and an even more detailed map. Designed to enhance the experience of
Paradox veterans while being more welcoming to young squires, Crusader Kings III
is a rich setting for an infinite number of new stories.
Crusader Kings III is slated to arrive in 2020, available for PC via Steam and
included in Xbox Game Pass for PC.
“Crusader Kings III is a grand medieval simulator where you are free to live out
any plausible ruler fantasy that we could think of - but not without challenge.”
says Henrik Fåhraeus, the Game Director. “Seeing its predecessor explode in
popularity was very satisfying, especially considering that user friendliness
was never our primary goal. Now we have a chance to address an even larger
Crusader Kings III is the ultimate grand strategy role-playing experience.
- Shape Your Dynasty: Guide unique characters
through history, choosing lifestyles best suited to their personalities and
- Rewrite Medieval History: Dynasties will change
and adapt to changes in family and politics, and religious beliefs are more
firmly under your control.
- Build a Mighty Kingdom: Use your vassals’ fear of
you as a weapon or call on familial obligations to persuade reluctant
relatives to submit.
- Experience High Drama: Stranger than fiction
stories leap off the screen, as characters plot against you and events push
you to extremes.
- Learn as You Go: Guided advice to help newcomers
navigate a rich medieval world. In-game suggestions tip you off to paths you
might not have considered.
- The Usual Crusader Kings Fun: Keep a stubborn
council in line, scheme against your overbearing uncle or marry the rich
duchy...oops, I mean pious duke or duchess of your dreams.
Greater detail about the features of Crusader Kings III will be coming in the
next few months.
And, since there is no better time to practice your skills as a ruler, Paradox
Development Studios is happy to announce that the base game of Crusader Kings II
is now free on all platforms where it can be purchased. CK2 players can also
join us on The Monarch’s Journey, a series of custom challenges for the game
that will unlock in-game rewards upon completion.
Prepare your trusty steed and rally your banners. The troubadours are ready to
sing your songs. The splendor and intrigue of the Middle Ages returns in
Crusader Kings III.