About the game
Crusader Kings III to clarify is a grand strategy role-playing video 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). Therefore Crusader Kings III works on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5 on 29 March 2022.
Like its predecessors Crusader Kings and Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings III is a grand strategy game and dynasty simulator set in the Middle Ages. Players begin as a character in either 867 or 1066. The game map is about four times more detailed than the one in Crusader Kings II and slightly larger, incorporating Europe, Africa roughly as far south as the Equator, and Asia as far East as Tibet. Upon the death or deposition of a player’s character, they may continue to play as that character’s heir. Overall, players develop a dynasty over the centuries, with the game ending in 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 houses are responsible for legitimizing bastards.
As in Crusader Kings II, they have traits that affect their stats and behavior. Making 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.
Players’ realms may have feudal, tribal, or clan government types. Religion and culture are both aspects of the game. Leaders can advance their goals through warfare, diplomacy, or subterfuge. Gamers might go through trips and pay heavenly conflicts, and complete religions can be encouraged.
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 powerful knights.
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows® 8.1 64 bit / Windows® 10 Home 64 bit
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-2120 / AMD® FX 6350
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 460 (1GB) / AMD® Radeon™ HD 7870 (2GB) / Intel® Iris Pro™ 580 / Intel® Iris® Plus G7 / AMD® Radeon™ Vega 11
- Storage: 8 GB available space.