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As I suggested they would when setting Crusader Kings II permanently free (but not the DLC), Paradox Interactive have announced Crusader Kings III.

"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 audience."

Check out the official announcement trailer below:

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Feature Highlight:

  • Shape Your Dynasty: Guide unique characters through history, choosing lifestyles best suited to their personalities and your ambitions.
  • 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.

Since CK II is quite old now, of course CK III is going to be a lot prettier. They've confirmed it will have new 3D character models and a much more detailed world map. Not only that, it should also be a lot more welcoming to new players so if you found the previous game a bit too intimidating you're hopefully going to enjoy this one.

Once again it seems Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio will be supporting Linux too. It already has a Linux system requirements section ready to be filled out on Steam, plus SteamDB clearly shows Linux was added right away to the list of platforms. Even their own first-party store has a Linux icon, however I'm waiting for an absolute 100% confirmation on that at the moment, will update when they reply.

They will be giving out more details on Crusader Kings III over the next few months. Hopefully it won't come out half-baked like Imperator did but they're supporting it well to get it into a good state.

If you wish to follow it, the Steam store page is already up. You can also now get Crusader Kings II free to keep on Steam.

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SadL 19 Oct, 2019
Ok..I was wrong..there I said it..

Hopefully it is going to be good. It has some huge shoes to fill..

PS: CK2 DLC "The Old Gods" is free if you sign up here (this isn't a referral link - I mention this because there are some referral rewards as well)

Last edited by SadL on 19 October 2019 at 10:29 am UTC
Cmdr_Iras 19 Oct, 2019
I was late to the party with CK2 and the sheer amount of DLC is daunting, so a new fresh slate in CK3 might be a great place for me to start. And good to see that this supports Linux :)
eldaking 19 Oct, 2019
The Linux support for this is not unexpected, but I am really relieved to see confirmation. It would break my heart to have a new Paradox game, and particularly a sequel to CK2, not available on Linux.

Besides that, looking good so far. I particularly like the new skill tree for foci. The holdings being present on the map are also a natural evolution, and the interface and map look better overall (not that it is hard)... though I'll say that I don't like when they showcase map pictures showing the terrain, as in my experience I never see that when playing (always a political map or another) so it just doesn't matter how pretty it is.
Mal 19 Oct, 2019
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I'm glad to see a sequel to ck. I would have preferred Victoria but ck it's OK too.

The only thing is that due to the missteps with their last releases I don't feel like it will be a day 1 purchase for me. I want to see some 1-2 weeks reviews first. But I definitely look forward to it.

Moreover, I wish best luck to Pdx with their console and mobile efforts. But I hope that as opposed to Blizzard they find a good balance between their pc core projects and all the rest. We really need good games like ck2 and eu4 around in pc gaming future.
MisterPaytwick 19 Oct, 2019
Won't be a day1 buy for me. Maybe a year in, depending on the support/state of the linux build. I had troubles to put it mildy with EU4 games with friends (a 2+ years bug. Kinda putting off when you can finally play again the game with friends, but then pretty much everybody mostly play something else...), and to see if they finally address the DLCs rain vs fixing problems.

I definitely wish them good luck, but I won't be on board if they never even so slightly address the problems.
Kimyrielle 20 Oct, 2019
My wishes got heard! yay!
mao_dze_dun 21 Oct, 2019
Cautiously waiting to see how much of the existing content they'll cut in the new game :).
Mountain Man 21 Oct, 2019
I have a feeling that CK3 is going to feel pretty thin content wise compared to CK2 with its many expansions and years of active development. Probably a good idea to wait a couple of years for them to flesh it out. In the meantime, maybe I'll finally be able to finish a complete game of CK2 without a big update being released forcing me to restart!
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