Paradox has announced the first full expansion for Crusader Kings 3, and it goes in a very different direction from its predecessor. The Royal Court will add a new fullscreen Throne Room where you can view treasures and interact with petitioners from across your kingdom. They also bring back the character inventory from Crusader Kings 2: Monks and Mystics, including culture-specific weapons that will be displayed on your character and used in animated duels.
Most of the big Crusader Kings 2 expansions were aimed at opening up or fleshing out a specific area, and the Crusader Kings 3: Northern Lords flavor pack, released earlier this year, looked like that sort of expansion. But going in such a different direction for the first major piece of new content seemingly shows a desire to lean into the RPG aspects of CK3. Taking your eyes off the map and putting them more on the characters and physical locations in the world is a major departure from the usual Paradox instructions for use, and I think this is the bravest and most courageous path. interesting that they could have borrowed.
Kings and emperors with feudal or clan governments will have access to the royal court. Humble Dukes and Earls, as well as tribal rulers, will have to make do with painted 2D backgrounds for now. Spending money to increase the opulence of your court will increase a new stat called Grandeur, which can impress your vassals and attract characters like master blacksmiths and famous poets. But the bigger your kingdom, the more you’ll have to spend to keep up appearances, and falling behind can hurt your vassal relationships, marriage prospects, and prestige. This will allow for a new way of playing “big”, as a small but wealthy kingdom with a court much larger than its size suggests can reap many benefits.
This blacksmith who has been drawn to your court may be tasked with crafting you a special weapon, crown, or set of insignia (no armor at this time), which will go into your new inventory and can be passed down from generation to generation. in generation. However, even the best sword does not hold its edge forever. Your great-great-grandmother’s sword may need to be reforged, at great expense, to remain useful in battle. You can, of course, remove it and showcase it instead to take advantage of its ornamental value.
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You will have access to several types of courts, focusing on things like learning and diplomacy. Investing in your court will unlock things like new transplants, like a royal taster to defend you against poisoning events, or a court guardian who can help you learn new languages. Why would you want to do this, however?
Well, because the free patch that comes with Royal Court reworks CK3’s entire cultivation system. Just as religions are built in the base game, cultures will now consist of Ethos, Traditions, and Pillars. Your Ethos, such as belligerent or spiritual, will define the general theme. Traditions, each culture can have up to six, are special bonuses like being better at farming in difficult terrain or allowing women to fight as knights. Pillars define things like the type of clothing your culture wears, as well as their heritage, like Latin, which replaces the old concept of cultural groups.
DLC owners will have other opportunities to play with this system. You will be able to create Divergent Cultures, spend Prestige on mixing all of the above traits, and give your new culture a custom name and map culture. Or if you prefer, a foreign ruler in a distant land can create a hybrid culture between his own and that of the people he now rules, such as Greco-Norse, Indo-Mongolian, or perhaps cultures more rooted in history like the Norman. This will allow you to combine traits from your old culture and the new one, so that you can attack the Indus with Viking warrior monks.Crusader Kings 3 was released last year with great fanfare. In my review, I called him “the new king of historic strategy, developing and deepening the best parts of what made his predecessor memorable and unique,” with a score of 10/10. Paradox continued in April with the little Vikings-focused Northern Lords flavor pack, adding many new flavors and mechanics for your Scandinavian sailing needs.
We don’t yet have a release date for Royal Court or the associated DLC, but a little later this year would be Paradox’s regular release cycle. Be sure to check out our roundup of all the big news from PDXCon Remixed.