Crusader Kings III

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Icon CK3b.png Crusader Kings III

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Release date / Patch
2020-09-01 / 1.0

Store: Base game

Icon CK3.png Crusader Kings III is a grand strategy game-RPG hybrid , developed by Paradox Development Studio and was published by Paradox Interactive on 1st September 2020. It is the sequel to Crusader Kings II which was released in 2012 and received content expansions until 2018 and then went free-to-play for the base game.

Game features[edit | edit source]

Icon CK3b.png History

  • 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.

Icon CK3b.png Character

  • 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.

Icon CK3b.png Warfare

  • Recruit man-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.

Icon CK3b.png Intrigue

  • 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.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Cinematic trailers[edit | edit source]

Crusader Kings III: 2 Year anniversary trailer. A quick look back at the road so far with some of the best highlights of that period of time. While we didn't get a chance to include everything, we feel this grabs the spirit of our journey together. We can't wait to see what the future holds!
Crusader Kings III: 1 Year in CK3. Happy Anniversary to the entire Crusader Kings family! Hard to believe it has already been a year since launch! Check out what we have been up to and hear some thoughts from our Community Content Creators. See the road so far and check out what we have yet to come.
Crusader Kings III: Ruler Designer. A sneak peak at the highly requested feature from the upcoming free CK3 update.
Crusader Kings III ascends to the Throne! The realm rejoices, the time has come for you to chart your own course through the Middle Ages!
Crusader Kings III: Gameplay Teaser. Watch new in-game visuals of Crusader Kings III, the upcoming sequel to one of the most beloved strategy games of the decade. Conquer new lands with your armies, your diplomacy or your guile.
Crusader Kings III: Real Strategy Requires Cunning. Guide your dynasty to earthly power and everlasting fame in Crusader Kings III. Employ swords, seduction and spycraft to keep your family line strong and secure.
Crusader Kings III: An Heir is Born. The announcement trailer. In real strategy, your greatest weapon will be your cunning. Prepare yourself to secure the throne in Crusader Kings III.

Video diaries[edit | edit source]

Ruler Designer: First Look. Join Matt and Steacy in a first look at one of the most beloved features of Crusader Kings 2, the Ruler Designer, now available to use in Crusader Kings 3. Customize and build your own character to truly step into the role of the Ruler of your people!
Crusader Kings III: July 2020 Update. The overhaul of feudal contracts, the portrait system and user research!
Crusader Kings III: June 2020 Update. Everything about decisions, stress, event scripting and audio in C3!
Crusader Kings III: April & May 2020 Update. From religions and heresies to maps and art.
Crusader Kings III: March 2020 Update. This month our team tells you everything about a plethora of subjects! On the menu: tutorials and in-game encyclopedia, governments types and raiding, declaring war and hiring mercenaries, and (finally) civil wars and factions!
Crusader Kings III: February 2020 Update. Discover the 15 Perk Trees and Focuses, as well as some of the unlockable Schemes, Bonuses and Traits that will help you flesh out and guide your ruler!
Crusader Kings III: January 2020 Update. This update will focus on one of the biggest features of the game, the Lifestyle System, which significantly increases the role-playing aspect of Crusader Kings 3.
Crusader Kings III: December 2019 Update. Schemes, councillors, personality traits, courts and much more!
Crusader Kings III: November 2019 Update. A new format bringing a summarized version of the developer diaries published throughout the month.
Crusader Kings III: Game Vision. Game Director Henrik Fåhraeus lays out his vision for CK3.
Crusader Kings III: PDXCON Berlin keynote. Live from Berlin it's the Crusader Kings 3 PDXCON2019 keynote!

Tutorials[edit | edit source]

Introducing CK3 - Characters. Welcome to our introductory series on Crusader Kings III. In this first video One Proud Bavarian will help us understand the gallery of characters that we will play and what they are made of!
Introducing CK3 - Dynasty. Our second video in our introductory series with One Proud Bavarian tackles dynasties and how to make them endure throughout centuries!
Introducing CK3 - Succession. In this third episode One Proud Bavarian will teach you everything you need to know about Succession to avoid seeing your kingdom torn to pieces when your ruler passes away!
Introducing CK3 - Schemes. In this fourth episode, One Proud Bavarian walks us through schemes in Crusader Kings 3. Understanding how to engage in cloak and dagger activities is essential to master the game!
Introducing CK3 - Vassals. Our introductory series continues with Havoc! This time around you will learn everything about vassals!
Introducing CK3 - Domains. We are back with Havoc once more to learn more about domain management!
Introducing CK3 - Money. In this new episode of our introductory series Havoc teaches you how to get more money in CK3!
Introducing CK3 - Technology. Havoc's last episode will introduce you to Technology and how you can unlock more of them!
Introducing CK3 - Military. For the last set of four videos we are joined by Pixelated Apollo. This video will be focused on military and how to make a strong army!
Introducing CK3 - War. Our latest introductory video Pixelated Apollo will cover everything tied to war: how to fight, siege, ransom characters and win wars!
Introducing CK3 - Battles. Pixelated Apollo joins us once again to tell us everything about terrain. From terrain to advantage you shan't lose another battle.
Introducing CK3 - Religion. We arrive at the end of our introductory series. In a last hurrah, Pixelated Apollo will show you all you need to know about religion. Creating your own religion will be like a walk in the park once Crusader Kings 3 launches.
Introducing CK3 - Ruler Designer. The new Ruler Designer feature coming as part of the free 1.2 update. Customize and build your own character and bring them to life!

Dev diaries[edit | edit source]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the post-release patches, patch 1.1 (aka Chevron) and patch 1.2 (aka Argent)

Patch 1.2 (Argent)
No. Title and Link Description Date
47 Happy Holidays! ..... 2020-12-15
46 1.2.2 Patch Notes Patchnotes for 1.2.2 2020-12-04
45 1.2 Patch Notes Patchnotes for 1.2 2020-11-24
44 1.2 Bits & Bobs Other Features for the 1.2 Patch: Kill List, Attach to Army, Force Realm Priest Endorsement, Tribal Walls / Tribal Holding variants, Reworked Dynasty UI, Improved Battle UI, Player Coat of Arms Graphics, Rally Point Improvements, Siberian Paganism, Improved Ugliness System, Matrilineal Game Rules, Naming Dynasty Members in Court and New Event Content 2020-11-17
43 A Ruler of Your Own Ruler Designer 2020-11-10
Patch 1.1 (Chevron)
No. Title and Link Description Date
-- Hotfix is now live! Patchnotes for 2020-10-22
-- Patch 1.1.3 is now live! Patchnotes for 1.1.3 2020-10-15
-- Patch 1.1.2 is now live! Patchnotes for 1.1.2 2020-10-01
42 1.1 Patch Notes Patchnotes for 1.1 2020-09-28

All developer diaries about Crusader Kings III (the base game).

Crusader Kings III
No. Title and Link Description Date
41 A Grand Thank You Briefly covers post-launch plans. 2020-09-08
-- Patch 1.0.3. Out now! Patchnotes for 1.0.3 2020-09-03
40 A new journey begins Covers Release and the Dev Team. 2020-09-01
39 Achievements Showcase Covers Achievements. 2020-08-25
38 Legacy Showcase Covers Legacies. 2020-08-18
37 Making Mods Covers Modding and Scripts. 2020-08-11
36 Gotta Go Fast Performance and AI changes 2020-08-04
35 User Testing Before Release How pre-release user testing and feedback works 2020-07-28
34 It’s all about appearances Detailed information about the new portrait system 2020-07-21
33 An Offer You Can’t Refuse Feudal contracts and negotiations 2020-06-30
32 Going Medieval on Audio The soundtrack and background audio of Crusader Kings 3 2020-06-23
31 A Stressful Situation An in-depth description of the pivotal Stress mechanic 2020-06-16
30 Event Scripting An explanation of event scripting in Crusader Kings 3; the possibilities for modders 2020-06-09
29 Even the Smallest Decision... An example of a possible playthrough 2020-06-02
28 Art Focus The art of Crusader Kings 3 2020-05-26
27 Cultures & Cultural Innovations The new union of cultural and technological mechanics 2020-05-19
26 Map Scope In-depth looks at parts of the map; descriptions of special building bonuses 2020-05-12
25 Map Features and Map Modes Terrain, and a look at map modes 2020-05-05
24 Fervor, Religious Hostility, and Doctrine Showcase A description of the fervor/religious hostility mechanics 2020-04-28
23 Holy Orders Updated Holy Orders: founding, hiring and fighting them 2020-04-21
22 A Medieval Tapestry Gender and sexuality mechanics, and diversity in faiths 2020-04-14
21 Custom Faiths and Pagan Reformation On creating new faiths and reforming pagan religions 2020-04-07
20 Religion and Faith Tenets, Doctrines and religious hierarchies 2020-03-31
19 Factions and Civil Wars Factions, faction management and civil wars. 2020-03-24
18 Men-at-Arms, Mercenaries and CBs Casus belli, cost of war declaration, men-at-arms and mercenaries. 2020-03-17
17 Governments, Vassal Management, Laws, and Raiding Government types, feudal contracts, inheritance and raiding. 2020-03-10
16 Tutorials and Tooltips and Encyclopedias, Oh My! Showing the tutorial system and in game encyclopedia. 2020-03-03
15 The Martial Lifestyle The three martial focus traits and trees (strategy, authority and chivalry). 2020-02-25
14 The Diplomacy Lifestyle The three diplomacy focus traits and trees (foreign affairs, majesty and family). 2020-02-18
13 The Learning Lifestyle The three learning focus traits and trees (medicine, scholarship and theology). 2020-02-11
12 The Stewardship Lifestyle The three stewardship focus traits and trees (wealth, domain and duty). 2020-02-04
11 Seduction, Torture and the Intrigue Perk Trees The three intrigue focus traits and trees (skulduggery, temptation and intimidation). 2020-01-28
10 Lifestyle Events Expands on lifestyle events. 2020-01-21
9 Lifestyles The new lifestyle system and skill trees. 2020-01-14
8 Courts, Guests, and Wanderers The augmented courtier system and wanderers. 2019-12-17
7 Characters & Portraits The revamped trait system and portraits. 2019-12-10
6 Council, Vassals, & Spouse Councillor The councilor system and vassal mechanics. 2019-12-03
5 Schemes, Secrets and Hooks The revamped intrigue system. 2019-11-26
4 Development & Buildings Explaining baronies and buildings. 2019-11-19
3 War Updated war mechanics. 2019-11-12
2 The Medieval Map Map changes from CK2 to CK3. 2019-11-06
1 Dynasties & Houses The new dynasty system, houses, renown and legacies. 2019-10-31
0 The Vision The vision for Crusader Kings 3 2019-10-24
0 An Heir Is Born! The announcement diary for Crusader Kings 3 2019-10-19

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