Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio today announced that desktop monarchs will be able to attempt to claim vast lands in Crusader Kings III on September 1. A sequel to one of the most popular PC strategy games, it sounds like it's absolutely rammed full of content. With lots of game mechanics expanded from CKII.
This historical strategy game is directly inspired by past events including great holy wars, peasant revolts, cadet branches of dynasties, heretics, superstition, castles, knights and wars over inheritance. Check out the brand new story trailer below:
Some of the features to expect from it:
- Character Focused Gameplay: Every character you play or interact with has their own unique personality. Events and options in the game are largely determined by the type of person you are.
- Infinite Possibilities: Play as any noble house from Iceland to India, Finland to Central Africa over five centuries. Interact with wandering guests, stubborn children, devious spymasters and saintly holy men in an elaborate tapestry of medieval life.
- Waging War: Rally your vassals and raise your men-at-arms to besiege enemy castles or put down rebellions. Personal prowess on the battlefield can win you great honor, but strategic planning is the path to victory.
- Royal Marriages: Spread your dynastic DNA throughout the world, stamping your royal seal on the crests of kingdoms and duchies far and wide. Marry for power and raise children to press claims on new lands.
- Saints and Sinners: Keep faith with your religious leaders or perform great crimes in the interest of the state. When the going gets tough, you can always embrace a heresy or craft a new religion more in line with your character’s priorities.
- Schemes and Skullduggery: Learn the secrets of your courtiers and vassals so you can blackmail them for their support. Seduce your way into a superior’s good books, or plot the untimely demise of an unfortunate relative.
- 3D Character Portraits: Characters age and change appearance as their traits take a toll on their body. The higher the rank, the fancier the clothing.
- And much more: Holy Orders, mercenaries, pagan and Viking raiders, easily customized rule sets and a beautiful new map to play on.
Additionally, Paradox today also put up a new gameplay teaser. It's not long at under a minute but it's hard not to be excited about what's to come:
I'm absolutely excited for this next-generation of grand-strategy gaming. Partly because Crusader Kings II, as much as I want to love it, I find a bit too overwhelming. With their focus on easing players in thanks to a better tutorial and an expanded tooltip / help system. After watching through the Vikings TV series and now The Last Kingdom too, I feel the need to play Crusader Kings III.
Crusader Kings III is coming to the Humble Store, Steam and the Paradox Store on September 1. The price will be about $49.99 / £41.99 / €49.99 and as already confirmed it will be supported on Linux. You can also pre-order. Learn more on the official site.