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Tuesday - September 01, 2020
Friday - June 26, 2020
Sunday - May 17, 2020
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Sunday - March 14, 2021

Crusader Kings III - Northern Lords Announcement

by Silver, 20:53

Crusader Kings III gets new DLC March 16th called Northern Lords.

 Have a look at our Feature Breakdown video:



Are you brave enough to live the life of a viking ruler? Write your own saga in Crusader Kings III: Northern Lords, available March 16.

Tuesday - November 24, 2020

Crusader Kings III - Introducing Ruler Designer

by Silver, 23:56

The latest free update for Crusader Kings 3 introduces a Ruler Designer.


Check out community content creator Roll1D2 present the new Ruler Designer from our newest Free Update on November 24, 2020. Customize and build your own character and bring them to life!

Wednesday - November 18, 2020

Crusader Kings III - Sells 1 Million Units

by Silver, 21:15

The Interim report posted on the Paradox Interactive website states that Crusader Kings III has sold 1 million units.

Comments from CEO

Royal quarter provides new revenue records

The third quarter of the year has for us to a large extent been about the launch of Crusader Kings III. Crusader Kings III is the third edition of our success­ful Grand Strategy franchise based on a player’s personal journey through the Middle Ages. When the review embargo was released shortly before launch, the game received an aggregate score of 91/100 on Metacritic, which is a collected rating of industry and gaming media reviews. It is our highest rating ever on Metacritic and it is, of course, extremely positive, but what makes me happiest of all is that the game was received with remarkable enthusiasm by our players. Over 19,000 reviews on Steam and over 1,000,000 units sold paints a clear picture: We have created a really good game!

The successful launch of Crusader Kings III is another proof of the value in owning and methodi­cally developing our franchises. Crusader Kings III is, like most of our successful games, the result of several iterations of the game. Often the first game in a franchise is not a success, but instead lays the foundation for future sequels by building a player base, a brand, and the knowledge to gradually de­velop better games.


Friday - September 04, 2020

Crusader Kings III - Review @ NME

by Hiddenx, 19:18

NME checked out Crusader Kings III:

Crusader Kings III review: a superb sequel that welcomes new players to the joys of grand strategy

In making grand strategy accessible, Paradox has brought hours of absurd joy to a whole new generation of gamers

If there’s anything you take from this review, I hope it’s that you never neglect your children when you’re playing Crusader Kings III. In my first playthrough of the latest instalment of Paradox Interactive’s famously Daedalian grand strategy series, I’d extended beyond the tutorial as green as the hills of Munster in which I was based, fumbling my way into a surprising position of power.

I’d just formed the Kingdom Of Ireland after years of attrition, and though I sent many of my children to fight and die for the title as knights, I still had many heirs and was ready to settle into my role as a royal and preserve my precious dynasty. I did lose my wife to leprosy, but I had married my eldest daughter to the King Of England! For every cloud, there’s a silver lining.

Yet, as I turned the game speed up to its fastest notch and tabbed out for a spot of doom scrolling, I was hit almost instantly with a humbling notification: I was dead, and my reign was over. Despite theorising that I would have many comfortable years of collecting taxes and stacking levies in my future, the lack of conventional medicine meant that old age took me mere months after my ascension to the throne. What’s worse is that the title I’d worked my whole life to build was now passed to the runt of my large litter.


Our Verdict

Crusader Kings III is an amazing sequel that has finally made grand strategy accessible to the average player, and in doing so unlocked hundreds of hours of fun for players unfamiliar with this niche genre. If you play games like Civilization but are unsatisfied with the level of autonomy, then this game needs to be on your radar.

Each playthrough of Crusader Kings III feels like writing a gripping novel full of intrigue and excitement, one that is only limited by the player’s imagination. I urge you to look past its set dressing and dig into the absurd, beautiful systems that lay under the hood. Please don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.


  • Tons of accessibility features cut through the fog of complex mechanics for new players
  • 3D-rendered animated characters breathe life into the game’s absurd stories
  • Unbelievable depth and near-infinite replayability


  • The introduction of so many new features mean it’s going to need quite a few balance patches post-launch

Thursday - September 03, 2020

Crusader Kings III - Review @ Emergent Mage

by Hiddenx, 17:23

Emergent Mage has reviewed Crusader Kings III:

Crusader Kings 3 Review: Medieval Roleplay Refined

Crusader Kings 3 is an RPG/grand strategy game in which you play the ruler of a medieval dynasty. Expand your power, land, and lineage using diplomacy, warfare, scheming, and your family bloodline.

The game simulates the medieval world of cultures, religions, and rulers across a map that includes Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.


Medieval Shenanigans For All

Crusader Kings 3 is a gorgeous refinement over the previous title with engaging new mechanics and improvements to make the complexity more accessible.

I found that hours flew by while playing Crusader Kings 3; it’s simply a blast. The game constantly gives you decisions and actions to make and allows you to direct the type of experiences you want to have, and there are many.

If you play Crusader Kings 2, you will feel right at home here. You’ll be able to interact with the overall game loop with agility and aplomb. No doubt about it. I say this because, in some respects, Crusader Kings 3 is very much an overhaul of the graphics and aesthetics. Much was put into better character portraits, user interfaces, and maps.

The features that were added or expanded upon like the hooks, lifestyles, and faith founding mechanics were carefully selected to heighten player interaction and engagement. This means making the game a little more RPG and a lot more fun.

For me, and I think for a lot of gamer’s that may have struggled to get into the Paradox grand strategy titles, the real success may be in making the game easier to understand and more accessible. New players have a decent tutorial to get them going, and an interface and messaging that provides actionable direction.

I did mention issues that I had with the preview build of the game. It’s quite likely that some of these will be fixed in a day-one patch and you’ll never experience them.

With future DLC releases and the wealth of mods we can expect in the near future, Crusader Kings 3 is a strategic sandbox toy that will continue to give you enjoyment for years to come.

A big congratulations to Paradox Development Studios for an amazing game. Well done.

Wednesday - September 02, 2020

Crusader Kings III - Review @ Polygon

by Hiddenx, 16:17

Polygon has reviewed the Strategy-RPG Crusader Kings III:

Crusader Kings 3 is one of the best role-playing games of 2020

An epic that breaks free of the strategy game genre entirely

Crusader Kings 3, the latest offering from Paradox Interactive, successfully aligns the desires of its fictional rulers with its real-world players. The player starts by controlling a single ruler, eventually leading and growing their dynastic line over hundreds of years of feudal history. Throughout, the game balances randomness with the opportunity for real improvisation on the part of the player. The result is an elastic storytelling engine that brings into focus the kinds of personal conflicts that make it so fascinating to study real history.


Regardless, after more than 40 hours with Crusader Kings 3, I still find myself learning more and more about its systems with every passing moment. I’ve restarted my playthrough of the Canossa line three different times now, and each time it feels more and more like I’m coming to grips with how Matilda — and the game as a whole — needs to be played. As with any great RPG, I can feel my grip on the storyline tightening over time. I’m looking forward to the dozens, if not hundreds, of more hours yet to come.

Tuesday - September 01, 2020

Crusader Kings III - Released

by Silver, 22:43

Crusader Kings III is now available on Steam.


Paradox Development Studio brings you the sequel to one of the most popular strategy games ever made. Crusader Kings III is the heir to a long legacy of historical grand strategy experiences and arrives with a host of new ways to ensure the success of your royal house.


  •  Choose a royal or noble house from a number of realms on a map that stretches from Iceland to India, from the Arctic Circle to Central Africa.
  •  Guide a dynasty through the centuries, ensuring the security and power of each new generation. Gather new lands and titles to cement your legacy.
  •  Be a pious king to bring the religious powers to your side, or strike out on your own, designing your own splinter religion and earning everlasting fame or eternal damnation.
  •  Knights, peasant revolts, pilgrimages, Viking raiders... experience the drama and pageantry of the Middle Ages.


  •  Adopt one of five different lifestyles, perfecting your skills in military strategy or kingdom management.
  •  Acquire character traits that will guide your actions, but beware if you act against your nature! The stress from denying your truest self could bring a new host of troubles!
  •  Choose appropriate guardians for your heirs, or train them yourself. But what do you do if the legal heir is not quite up to the job?
  •  Violent characters may develop a fearsome reputation, cowering your timid subjects into obedience with the dread you inspire.


  •  Recruit men-at-arms units and powerful knights to supplement your royal levies.
  •  Research new technologies to increase the wealth and military might of your realm.
  •  Hire mercenaries and Holy Orders for your major wars.
  •  Supplement your income with ransomed prisoners or raiding parties on neighboring realms.


  •  Use your spymaster to discover plots against your dynasty and your rule.
  •  Recruit agents to assist your schemes to undermine or murder anyone who stands between you and power.
  •  Seduce other characters for love or political power.
  •  Gather information for blackmailing purposes or call in favors whenever your plans need an extra bit of influence.

Friday - June 26, 2020

Crusader Kings III - June Update

by Silver, 22:54

The June update for Crusader Kings III.


Welcome to our June Update! This month our team tells you everything about decisions, stress, event scripting and audio in Crusader Kings 3! Unfurl the description to find links to our Discord and written developer diaries!

Sunday - May 17, 2020

Crusader Kings III - Interview and Preview

by Silver, 10:28

Crusader Kings III is a grand strategy game with RPG elements that will release 1st September.

RockPaperShotgun gave its impression of how the game plays.


As it stands, CK3 is one of the few RPGs I’ve played that genuinely compelled me to try thinking like my character would, rather than just pushing for optimal outcomes. And it swiftly achieved what CK2 only managed at its best, in making me feel more invested in my pretend family of medieval gits, than I did in the nation they were ruling. And on top of all that, CK3 simply does a much better job of explaining itself than most of Paradox’s historical titles do. I think it’ll succeed in bringing previously reticent newcomers into the subgenre, but not by sacrificing complexity or depth. It is, quite straightforwardly, a well-designed game.

Before we get going, I should warn you: this post will not explain CK3’s features in exhaustive detail, or conduct a meticulous compare-and-contrast with CK2. For a start, it would take all day, and for seconds, we’ve already done loads of that, as have Paradox themselves. Instead, I want to give you a straightforward impression of what it’s like to play, that doesn’t rely on you already knowing CK2 back to front. Because if you’ve always been interested by so-called Grand Strategy games, but found them too inscrutable to really get into, Crusader Kings 3 could well be your Rosetta Stone.


Twinfinite interviewed Paradox about the game and focused on how they plan to followup on Crusader Kings II.

Giuseppe: Crusader Kings 2 has eight years of updates and expansions under its belt. How did you approach balancing between realistically finishing the game and including many of those features out of the box so that the new game doesn’t feel like two steps ahead and three back?

Max Weltz: As you say, CK2 is a game that has a long tail of content and updates post-launch, both paid and free, with tons of features that have been added. We really wanted to make sure that you get as much of that as possible when CK3 comes live.

We know that not all the features that we have put in CK2 during its lifetime were as good as we wanted them to be, so it’s not all the features that have ever been in CK2 DLC that make it at launch in CK3. we have been very clear on that since the reveal of the game.

We really try to bring all the good stuff and iterate and improve on that, of course. Some of the things we think could have been done better in CK2, we kind of mostly pinned them for later content and later updates, that’s the approach we had.


Thanks Farflame!

Information about

Crusader Kings III

Developer: Paradox Development

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Combat: Turn-based
Play-time: Unlimited
Voice-acting: None

Regions & platforms
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· Platform: PC
· Released at 2020-09-02
· Publisher: Paradox Interactive