Paradox Interactive has used their annual PDXCON to announce the latest installment in their grand strategy series, Crusader Kings 3, will be releasing for PC next year.
The medieval dynasty simulator will be available via both Steam and the Xbox Game Pass for PC, and will be using “new 3D character models and an even more detailed map” according to Paradox, making it “a rich setting for an infinite number of new stories”. According to Paradox’s official press release, Crusader Kings 3 will allow players to guide unique characters through history and choose lifestyles best suited to their personalities, rewrite medieval history by adapting to changes in family and politics, build a mighty kingdom, experience high drama as characters plot against you, and “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”.
Speaking about the sequel, 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.”
That comment about user friendliness has to be one of the most bizarrely-frank-yet-almost-impressively-honest things I’ve ever seen.
To celebrate the upcoming arrival of Crusader Kings 3, Paradox has made its predecessor, 2012’s Crusader Kings 2, completely free on Steam, so if you’ve never checked out the series before then grab yourself a freebie and see what all of the fuss is about.
Crusader Kings 3 will release for PC via Steam and the Xbox Game Pass for PC in 2020. No exact release date was mentioned, but we’ll keep you updated as and when that information becomes available.