Well, I’ll be the son of a horse pope, Paradox have announced Crusader Kings III, a sequel to one of their most popular and enduring grand strategy titles. It’s slated for release on PC in 2020, coming via Steam and set to be bundled in with the Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Crusader Kings III is sticking with the same medieval setting and blend of personal role playing intrigue across a grand strategy map, but are starting from scratch after seven years of evolving and expanding Crusader Kings II.
That’s a daunting challenge for any long-running strategy sequel to take on, but CK3 will have more modern foundations to grow on, with a more up to date graphics engine and new 3D character models for all the game’s characters.
Another key area the game focusses on is accessibility, with improved “guided advice” for newcomers to be able to understand the medieval world had tips to try out things you might not have considered. Of course, this won’t dilute any of the usual Crusader Kings shenanigans, with blackmail, scheming and more devious machinations than found in a Game of Thrones script. In fact, that should all be better than ever.
Game Director Henrik Fåhraeus said, “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. 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.”
More details about CK3 will be coming soon, but for those curious about the series’ quirky charms, Paradox have also announced that the base game of Crusader Kings II is now free on all stores where it can be purchased.