PDXCon Remixed, the online and socially distanced edition of Paradox Interactive’s annual convention, hasn’t skimped on the big announcements. Along with the first big expansion for Crusader Kings 3 and the highly anticipated Victoria 3, we got a glimpse of what’s new for Prison Architect, Empire of Sin, and even a tease for Hearts of Iron IV. at today’s event.
Victoria 3 Announced
Victoria 3, a historical grand strategy simulation set in the tumultuous century of 1836-1936, was the star. You can read my full impressions, but in short, it looks pretty amazing. Simulating over a billion people spread across the globe, it is an era of both industrial and political revolutions. New systems like diplomatic games and interest groups are designed to divert attention from pure military conquest to areas like politics and economics. I’m a huge Paradox fan, and even with fierce competition, this is probably the most excited I’ve been for a new game in years.
Crusader Kings 3 reveals its first major expansion
Medieval Murder Sims – otherwise known as Crusader Kings 3 – also gets its first major expansion with Royal Court. By doubling down on the mechanics and flavor of the RPG, you’ll now be able to court in a fully 3D throne room where you can hear petitions from your vassals and subjects, view treasures you’ve earned and forged, and employ new ones. characters like the Guardian of the court and royal taster. And it comes with a big overhaul of CK3’s cultural system that will allow you to travel to far corners of the world to form the Greco-Bengali hybrid society you’ve always dreamed of. Check out my full impressions!
Empire of Sin is also getting an expansion
The Empire of Sin XCOM-type racketeering also gets its first major expansion. Make it Count will allow you to add loan sharking and blackmail to your criminal empire, with five new gangsters and a new historic boss. Meyer Lansky is an economics-oriented boss who was known to cook a few books for the Chicago Mob. His go-to peons, called Fixers, have been described as being like Breaking Bad’s Mike Ehrmantraut: the guys you call when you just need to fix a problem, preferably with some stealth. It will be released later this year.
The prison architect is getting nicer
Prison Architect is also getting an expansion, and it’s probably the most interesting and welcome one yet. Second Chances finally lets you focus on rehab rather than punishment, building a prison that is more about getting the lives of convicts back on track and making sure they don’t reoffend upon release. Bringing in ex-inmates to lecture and pet therapy are just a few of the tools you have available to educate, de-stress and rehabilitate. Second Chances will be released on June 16 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Switch players will have to wait a little longer, as they will get it on June 29. Yes, you can pet the dog.
Cities: Skylines Receives New Content Creator Packs
Cities: Skylines will receive two new Content Creator Packs as announced on today’s show. Bridges & Piers will add 22 new mods created by Amesto. This includes 7 regular traffic bridges, 3 one-way rail bridges, 2 pedestrian bridges, 8 new styles of platform and 2 new platforms.
Meanwhile, the Train Stations Pack adds 12 stations and 4 hubs created by BadPeanut. These are 6 metro stations, 6 train stations and 4 public transport hubs. Both packs will be available for $ 4.99.
The Soviet Union gets its due in Hearts of Iron 4
Finally, we got a really quick look at the upcoming expansion for the WWII Hearts of Iron 4 war game. No Step Back appears to be focusing on the Soviet Union, which was a poorly kept secret given that the accompanying content patch has been known publicly as “Barbarossa” for some time now. Operation Barbarossa was the big, ultimately doomed German offensive in Russia in 1941. We haven’t had a release date or gameplay details yet, but that’s good news because the USSR is currently one of the least developed major powers in HoI4.
You can watch the festivities, including live multiplayer games and developer panels, all this weekend on Twitch.