Billed as one of the title’s biggest features, “the Lifestyles in CK3 are very different from those in CK2,” according to game designer Alexander Oltner, and they significantly increase the role-playing aspect of the medieval grand strategy game.
Paradox announced the title at its PDXCon event in October 2019, when it said Crusader Kings 3 will “enhance the experience” of veteran players while offering a more welcoming experience to new ones.
“It 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,” it said.
Paradox Interactive game director Henrik Fåhraeus, who was project lead and game designer on Crusader Kings 2, also said of the project: “Crusader Kings 3 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.”
Crusader Kings 2 is now free-to-play on all platforms where it can be purchased.