Patch 1.1 introduces hundreds of updates and fixes to Crusader Kings 3 By Dom Peppiatt, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:44 GMT Paradox Interactive is pushing out a new Crusader Kings 3 patch tomorrow. Original: Crusader Kings 3's Update 1.1.3 is now live, its patch notes revealing a smaller hotfix focusing on squashing more of the grand strategy game's bugs. Update 1.1.3 fixes a crash at startup tied to CPUs with less than 4 cores that made its way into Crusader Kings 3 in Update 1.1.
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|Developer(s)||Paradox Development Studio|
|Genre(s)||Grand strategy, role-playing|
Crusader Kings III is a role-playing game and grand strategy game set in the Middle Ages, developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive as a sequel to Crusader Kings (2004) and Crusader Kings II (2012). The game was released on 1 September 2020.
The game, like its predecessors Crusader Kings and Crusader Kings II, is a grand strategy game and dynastysimulator set in the Middle Ages, players can start in either 867 or 1066 and play until 1453. Dynasties can form cadet branches that have their own heads and act mostly independently from their parent dynasty. The heads of dynasties are able to use a new resource known as Renown to assert their control over their house. For example, the heads of dynasties are responsible for legitimizing bastards.
Characters have full-body, 3D-rendered character models instead of 2D portraits. As in Crusader Kings II, they have traits that affect their stats and behavior. Taking choices that go against a character's traits will increase that character's stress. The game's genetics system allows characters to pass on some of their characteristics to their descendants. Characters are able to frighten their vassals into staying loyal by increasing their Dread, which increases when the character performs malevolent actions, such as executing or torturing other characters. Characters are able to select one of five lifestyles to follow. Each lifestyle has three skill trees that allow characters to enhance skills related to that lifestyle.
All religions and almost all government types are playable, though merchant republics and theocracies were not playable at launch. Most leaders in the game adhere to the feudal, tribal, or clan government types. Nomads are portrayed as tribal instead of having their own government type. Religions have Tenets, which are bonuses given to all practitioners of that faith, and Doctrines, which deal with the church's stances towards issues like homosexuality and female clergy. Players will be able to develop their own heresies, with the Tenets and Doctrines being chosen by the player. The more a heresy deviates from its original faith, the more Piety it will cost to create it.
The map is about four times more detailed than the previous one and slightly larger. Holdings are depicted directly on the map, meaning armies will need to move around the map to besiege each sub-holding within a county, which is a change from previous renditions. The average number of holdings per county is about three. Some of these holdings will start out undeveloped (though they will still have an 'owner') and can be built in later.
Levies are represented primarily by low-quality peasant infantry. Characters will need to hire men-at-arms in order to field higher-quality soldiers, such as crossbowmen and cavalry. Characters can make other characters from their court or realm with significant combat skills into knights, which are extremely powerful; 20 knights are roughly equal to 200 peasant levies.
Game director Henrik Fåhraeus commented that the development of the game commenced 'about 1 year before Imperator', indicating a starting time of 2015. Describing the current game engine of Crusader Kings II as cobbled and 'held together with tape', he also told that the new game features an updated engine (i.e. Clausewitz Engine + Jomini toolset) with more power to run new features.
As is the case with many of Paradox's unreleased and currently supported works, the developers publish a weekly developer diary. Each post focuses on a single aspect of the game, such as government types, user interface, governments, war, etc. and how this aspect of the game will be handled in Crusader Kings III, and how it is different to Crusader Kings II. A monthly update video is also published on the Paradox Interactive YouTube channel, summarising all of the changes which have been made in that month's Dev Diaries.
The game is available in two editions: the Base Game Edition, which includes the base game and a pre-order bonus, and the Royal Edition, which includes the base game and an expansion pass. The expansion pass contains a collection of flavour packs and the first content pack, which is not yet revealed. The game was released on 1 September 2020 and is available through Steam and Xbox Game Pass for PC.Crusader Kings III was initially rejected by the Australian Classification Board, reportedly over complications regarding the game's classification. The game was eventually cleared and released within Australia six days after its initial release, on 7 September. Because of its delayed release, the pre-order bonus window was exclusively extended to 21 September for Australian Steam users.
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The first flavor pack, Northern Lords, was released on 16 March 2021. It includes various additional content mainly pertaining to the Norse region, including the ability to form adventurer realms, access to holy warriors and shieldmaidens, unique dynastic legacies, and culture-specific events and decisions.
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Upon release, the game was met with universal acclaim according to review aggregator Metacritic.
Open .asd file. The game sold more than 1 million copies within 1 month of release and was nominated for Best Simulation/Strategy Game at The Game Awards in 2020.
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Paradox's grand strategy game Crusader Kings 3 may be a lot to handle for new players, but what other game would deliver patch notes like 'historical characters will no longer be their own parent,' or 'children can no longer be educated by hardened criminals.' The game's 1.1 patch is here and huge, offering cultural and historical corrections, bug fixes, and plenty of balancing tweaks.
Paradox's highlights from the massive list of patch notes are as follows:
- A host of bug fixes, including changes to character interactions and succession rules.
- Corrections to the historical setup in many regions.
- Key balance changes to many parts of the game, including succession rules, nation formation, and military management.
- User interface tweaks including new siege views, a bookmark screen, and a general makeover.
- Tougher Mongol invasions.
- Improved AI decision making.
- New abilities for modders.
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Many of the changes made in patch 1.1 are historical and cultural fixes, with some of the notes containing a full history lesson in themselves. Others fix some frankly hilarious bugs in the game's sprawling dynastic system, such as 'people are now less eager to marry people they are terrified of,' or 'if you instantly regret romancing someone the game will now accept that you've moved on.'
You can check out the full list of patch notes here, but be warned it is very long.
Paradox has also celebrated its first month of release by revealing some of its global statistics, including a grand total of 40,591,268 children born, 18,212,157 successful murder plots, and a whopping 1,543,790 prisoners cannibalized--including at least one Pope. That may explain why, as of patch 1.1, 'the Pope can no longer publicly accept cannibalism.'
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Crusader Kings 3 is available on PC, including support for Linux and Mac, and is included on Xbox Game Pass. GameSpot's review of Crusader Kings 3 praised it for the depth of its generated stories, saying 'strategy games can tell interesting stories as their empires rise and fall, but their procedural narratives are rarely as affecting and poignant as they are here.'