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Crusader Kings III

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Paradox Development
Release Date: Sept. 1, 2020

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'Crusader Kings III' Welcoming New Players With Legends Campaign/Update In May - Trailer

by Rainier on April 3, 2024 @ 1:43 a.m. PDT

Crusader Kings III is the sequel to the classic grand strategy game about medieval conquest, intrigue, religion and high drama.

The security of a dynasty rests in the quality of its successors. An heir should be strong. An heir should be forward thinking. Heirs should improve on the oversights of their predecessors. But the most successful heirs are those who build on an already secure foundation.

Crusader Kings III is rich with new historical content and character options, it has never been easier to wrap yourself in the ermine cloaks of power, writing your own story of castles, knights, crusades, and murder.

Guide a royal dynasty through the centuries. Claim new lands through diplomacy and marriage, or use your armies to conquer your neighbors or unite a divided realm. When swords and seduction fail, however, spies and poison may still be effective.

Crusader Kings III is a firm step in the direction of a new generation of grand strategy games, with new 3D character models and an even more detailed map. Designed to enhance the experience of Paradox veterans while being more welcoming to young squires, Crusader Kings III is a rich setting for an infinite number of new stories.

Prepare your trusty steed and rally your banners.The troubadours are ready to sing your songs. The splendor and intrigue of the Middle Ages returns in Crusader Kings III.

Court and commoners hold their breath in anticipation. Jealous rivals, thwarted in their plots, sulk in the shadows, for the glorious day is coming.

Crusader Kings III has long been a favorite of newcomers to the Paradox stable of dynamic historical games. Its deft mix of deep strategy, period flavor, and character-centered role-playing appeals to a wide range of game-playing styles. Today, the Crusader Kings III team is launching a month-long activation on their channels aimed at making the game even more welcoming to curious people - with a free update coming in May. No need to be intimidated by the map, the numbers, or the sea of scowling faces.

Over the next month, Crusader Kings III will reintroduce a few familiar characters from one of the game’s most popular starting bookmarks. This campaign is designed to highlight the diversity of play options and story-telling possibilities available in the game. Even the most warlike of players must deal, from time to time, with other role-playing approaches if they want to get the most out of their experience.

"At Paradox, we're not under any illusions that our grand strategy games are immediately approachable, but we've always been proud that Crusader Kings III has been able to attract a wide range of types of players," says Crusader Kings III Game Director, Alex Oltner. "Its 'story generator' qualities have proven very effective at getting a certain type of player into the larger themes that typify our largest titles. Legends of Crusader Kings III is intended to further lower the barriers by putting the different playstyles up front, showcasing the potential variety to curious people intimidated by taking that first step into historical grand strategy."

Legends of Crusader Kings III takes advantage of the game’s most distinctive feature - rich character personalities and biographies that encourage different play styles. In Crusader Kings III, a warrior-king is encouraged to pursue different goals with different advantages than a ruler adept at managing money or scheming against their foes. Legends of Crusader Kings III revises the popular 1066 “Rags to Riches” game start by highlighting five rulers as exemplars of the five key traits of Crusader Kings III characters.

  • Diplomacy: Petty King Murchard of Munster in Ireland uses his strong relationship-building skills to anchor his drive to unite the island under one crown.
  • Stewardship: Duke Vratislav of Bohemia rules a rich land at the heart of Central Europe, helping development and construction in his realm.
  • Learning: Duchess Matilda of Tuscany promotes scholarship in her Italian lands, leading to better education and quicker research.
  • Intrigue: Emir Yahya of Toledo is at the center of scheming and manipulation in the combative arena of Iberian politics.
  • Martial: Duke Robert of Apulia has his sights set on the conquest of the rich lands of Sicily, and is just the warlord for the job.

Each leader is recontextualized with greater emphasis on their different playstyles, including a few new events for some of these characters to deepen immersion. They will have updated appearances and biographies, setting them apart from the hundreds of other possible characters to choose from.

The Legends of Crusader Kings III update will be available in May to everyone who owns the game. Meanwhile, visit the website to discover the five legends and their stories, or forge your own!

Key Features:

  • 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 Skulduggery: 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.
  • Events Inspired By History: Experience great holy wars, peasant revolts, cadet branches of dynasties, heretics, superstition, castles, knights and wars over inheritance.
  • 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.

Crusader Kings III is available for PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam and Xbox Game Pass) at $49.99/ £41.99/ €49.99.

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