Paradox has announced Victoria 3, a highly requested, nay demanded, sequel to the Victorian era grand strategy series. It won’t quite put the demands to know when Vicky 3 will be coming, but fans of the company’s titles will be glad to hear that it is coming.
Victoria 3 does not have a release date, but it will one day be available via Steam, the Paradox Store and is also confirmed to be a day one release into Xbox Game Pass for PC.
As with Victoria 2, Victoria 3 plays out between 1836-1936. Where many grand strategy and 4X games put warfare front and centre to your “diplomatic” endeavours, Victoria 3 aims to put actual diplomacy to the fore, alongside economic management and deep systems surrounding the rise of new social philosophies that emerged during the game’s time period, as more conservative and well-to-do factions resist the tide of political reform.
Pops are back from previous games, but it’s joined by a political Interest Groups system and the new Diplomatic Plays, which was inspired by the Crisis system from Victoria 2’s Heart of Darkness DLC. The economic system also now features markets for each country, as opposed to one global market, that can be expanded through customs unions with other countries.
Here’s the rundown of what Victoria 3 will offer:
- Deep Societal Simulation: Cultural, economic and ideological divisions compete for power and resources in one of Paradox’s most detailed historical worlds.
- Tend Your National Garden: Nurture your population, educating it and preparing it for the future, guaranteeing their prosperity and improving their happiness.
- Wonders of the Industrial Age: Scientific and social progress give you the chance to improve the lives of your citizens.
- Sophisticated Economic System: Import goods to keep costs low, export goods to enrich your citizens, and then tax that wealth to advance your plans.
- Challenging Diplomacy: Maintain harmonious relations with your neighbors or provoke a crisis to grab valuable resources or force open new markets.
- Political Dealmaking: Manage competing interests in your government, opening up new reforms but risking revolution if key voices are not heard.
- Detailed and Living World: Cities grow and factories darken the landscape on a beautifully drawn map of the 19th century globe. Play any nation on earth and try to claim your place in the sun.
There’s plenty more for Paradox to reveal about the game in the coming months, including how warfare works in the game.
Source: press release