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Paradox Interactive continue building up their strategy games with both Crusader Kings III and Surviving Mars having new upcoming content releases.

For Crusader Kings III, a new free update for all owners will be releasing on May 31 bringing a new faction type to challenge your ruler, Heads of Faith that can be shared by different religions, vassal contracts for clans and a new starting bookmark that highlights interesting Iberian characters for the 867 start date.

The DLC named Crusader Kings III: Fate of Iberia that they're calling a "flavour pack" (not a full expansion) will include:

  • Struggle system: Entirely new system for historic conflict, fully moddable and customizable.
  • Decide the Fate of Iberia: Choose the path of conciliation or the path of conquest as you unite Spain or, alternately, agree to a peaceful division of spoils.
  • New content: Two new Legacy tracks (Urbane and Coterie), new Cultural Traditions emphasizing special historical characteristics of the Iberian peninsula, new friend interactions and duels over the chessboard.
  • New Events: Dynamic historical events, some related to the struggle for Iberia, and others adding greater variety for all players.
  • New Art: New character art like clothing, hair and beard styles reflecting Iberian cultures of the medieval era, as well as new unit designs and a host of new art for backgrounds, events and loading.
  • New Music: Additions to the Crusader Kings III soundtrack.
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Available May 31 for $6.99 / £5.19 / €6.99. Free for owners of the expansion pass and owners of Crusader Kings III: Royal Edition.

You can buy CKIII from Humble Store and Steam.

Meanwhile, Surviving Mars will also be getting three small DLC packs with the first being Surviving Mars: Martian Express, that gives you access to futuristic otherworldly trains. Main features include:

  • Welcome commuters! - Build your stations anywhere on the map and help your colonists get to work and back. Click on the info panel to see their reason for traveling and make sure that everyone gets their seat. Otherwise, they’ll have to wait for the next train - and be frustrated, nobody likes to miss the train.     
  • New tracks - Click and drag to create tracks that connect your stations. Tracks will be elevated allowing your rovers and drones to pass underneath together with power cables, while pipes can cross over them.     
  • Same train, different cargo - Traveling on the red planet has never been safer (and efficient!). Trains will have 2 wagons to transport colonists and resources at the same time. Don't worry: they'll travel on the same track with no risk of collision. Build your trains in the stations, assign them to the connected tracks and watch them go.
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The Martian Express pack will be available for $6.99 USD / £5.19 / €6.99.

In addition to this there will also be the Surviving Mars: Revelation Radio Pack and the Surviving Mars: Future Contemporary Cosmetic Pack, neither of which really needs to be described fully. New tunes and new cosmetics. All three Surviving Mars packs release April 28th, along with a new bundle.

Surviving Mars and various DLC are available for Linux from Humble Store, GOG and Steam

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Reading the headline, it took me a moment to realize that Crusader Kings III is not getting a content pack titled "Fate of Iberia and Surviving Mars".
redneckdrow 20 Apr
Nice, Iberia is one of those places in CK2/3 that tends to stagnate after stabilizing. Until a huge decadence crisis with the Umayyads happens around ~200 years in anyway. Any AI Reconqista in ck2 (I haven't played long enough in CK3 to test) tends to fail to do much without player intervention; then you just have the same problem again when it does. This should make things more interesting to play anyone there. I wish there was a way to roleplay El Cid, and be a loyal friend/vassal/eventual independent king with both the Christian and Muslim rulers.

Quoting: Mountain ManReading the headline, it took me a moment to realize that Crusader Kings III is not getting a content pack titled "Fate of Iberia and Surviving Mars".

Thank you, I really needed a chuckle! The local news was just too depressing tonight.
Arehandoro 20 Apr
Quoting: redneckdrowI wish there was a way to roleplay El Cid, and be a loyal friend/vassal/eventual independent king with both the Christian and Muslim rulers.

And one where there isn't an expulsion of Sephardi Jews, settling a Kingdom of the "3 cultures" with capital in Toledo.
The Martian trains pack sounds intriguing. It's still bonkers to me that the game originally launched without the dome-to-dome connector tunnels (though I only personally got it with Green Mars, after they were added in). Simulating people moving around the planet more for work and stuff sounds like it'll make things more interesting and dynamic, rather than having a bunch of insular domes that people only move between imperceptibly in shuttles.
14 23 Apr
Despite loving Stellaris, other Paradox games haven't clicked with me. My issue with Surviving Mars is the early-on pacing. In contrast, there is immediately a good amount to do and plan on doing in Stellaris. In the CKIII weekend trial I played long ago, I never felt like anything I was doing had an effect. Europa Universalis IV I simply haven't invested enough learning time to know if I like it or not.
Well, Surviving Mars was only published by Paradox, not developed by them, but even their in-house developed grand-strategy games all play quite differently despite the superficial similarities. I personally really enjoy Europa Universalis IV and Stellaris*, but have mostly bounced off Crusader Kings II and Hearts of Iron IV. Some people enjoy all of them, others find only one or two really "click".

*And Surviving Mars to an extent, though I think mostly because I got it when the Green Mars expansion came out; without that long-term reward of watching the planet get terraformed I don't think I'd enjoy it as much.
redneckdrow 23 Apr
Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: redneckdrowI wish there was a way to roleplay El Cid, and be a loyal friend/vassal/eventual independent king with both the Christian and Muslim rulers.

And one where there isn't an expulsion of Sephardi Jews, settling a Kingdom of the "3 cultures" with capital in Toledo.

Yeah, Iberian Abrahamic melting-pot for the win! I often say to youngsters, that we should all get along. We typically believe that He loves all of us, after all. Demonizing others leads to people like a certain Austrian reprobate that no sane person wants a repeat of.

Quoting: 1 John 4:10This is love: Not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

God loves us no matter how we think of him. He just wants us to get along.
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