Crusader Kings 3's first expansion, Royal Court, releases February 2022

Crusader Kings 3's first expansion, Royal Court, releases February 2022

Get that grandeur level up and watch your enemies go green with envy.

Crᴜsader Kɪɴgs 3 ɪs a sᴜᴘerb cᴏɴtɪɴuᴀᴛiᴏɴ ᴏꜰ Paraᴅᴏx's ʟᴏɴɢ-ʀᴜɴnɪɴg pope-em-ᴜᴘ grᴀɴd strᴀᴛegy series, ᴀɴd Paraᴅᴏx hᴀs ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ ᴀɴɴᴏunced tʜᴇ releᴀse dᴀᴛe ꜰᴏʀ ɪᴛs ꜰɪʀsᴛ ᴍᴀᴊᴏʀ expᴀɴsiᴏɴ: Royal Cᴏᴜʀt. It's comɪɴg ᴏɴ February 8 2022 ᴀɴd "ᴀʀᴍchᴀɪʀ ʀᴜʟᴇrs ᴀɴd ᴀspirɪɴg emperᴏʀs ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ accumulᴀᴛe ᴀʀᴛɪꜰᴀᴄᴛs ᴀɴd ʙᴜɪʟᴅ ɴᴇᴡ kɪɴds ᴏꜰ nᴀᴛiᴏɴs," ᴀs ᴡᴇll ᴀs ɪɴtroducɪɴg ɴᴇᴡ ᴡᴀʏs ᴛᴏ mᴀɴᴀɢᴇ ᴏɴe's cᴏᴜʀt.

The expansion features a new Throne Room, a visual representation of your court that will apparently "reflect all the accumulated majesty and prestige of your dynasty." You'll be able to hold court with vassals and courtiers who seek a Royal judgement (orf with their heads!) and you'll be able to get the grandeur level higher by buying fancier furnishings and food, which will see "higher quality" guests. Roast swan, anyone?

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Amusingly enough you can start to hire staff, which will also increase your grandeur level, with a breakdown video showing the jester in action, as well as characters like a court poet or a musician. There are also artists, craftspeople, and philosophers who will add treasures and trinkets to your court.

Cultures are now modular, in Paradox's terminology, similar to how religions work in the game. This means cultures will have a variety of traits going into how they accept and deal with other cultures, and will have traditions that feed into many aspects of how they work: A preference for a certain climate, for instance, or an agricultural lifestyle, or a very militaristic history.

With this at the core, Royal Court will let you create hybrid cultures by spending prestige in the right circumstances: Enabling you, as a respected ruler, to pick and choose the ethos on which your culture will grow in future. The system is designed to allow players to diverge when history demands it, and adapt their domain into something new that better fits other aspirations.

The release of Royal Court will be accompanied by a major update to Crusader Kings 3, free for all CK3 owners, including a new culture interface, minor court positions, and more.

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