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Crusader Kings 3 shows off more of its RPG lifestyle system

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One of the ways you can nurture your devious little medieval ruler in Crusader Kings 3 (opens in new tab) is by exploring the lifestyle system. It's the subject of the team's February update, and Paradox has been posting accompanying developer diaries (opens in new tab) on the specifics over the last month. Check out the update video above. 

Lifestyles are how you decide what parts of the game you want to focus on. If you want to go deep into the religious system, become incredibly pious and maybe even start your own faith, the Learning lifestyle (opens in new tab) might be a good idea. If you just want to paint the map one colour and conquer the medieval world, however, the Martial lifestyle (opens in new tab) will probably be more your speed. 

Each lifestyle comes with a trio of perk trees and focuses that let you define your character further. The learning lifestyle lets you pick the Theologian focus, for instance, giving you an immediate bonus to your learning skill and piety, at which point you can start working your way down the accompanying perk tree. 

The perks can be pretty major additions to your list of abilities. Dive into the Avaricous tree in the Stewardship lifestyle (opens in new tab) and you'll be able to blackmail and extort people for cash and sell off minor titles, along with a slew of other decisions, schemes and bonuses to help you fatten up your coffers. So you're not just watching a bunch of arbitrary numbers going up.

Crusader Kings 2 offered lots of ways to specialise your character and their heirs, but the sequel's lifestyles are more overtly inspired by RPGs. Instead of just picking a focus and letting the game take over, there's a clear path for you to follow if you want to build a specific kind of character.

Crusader Kings 3 doesn't have a release date yet, but it's due out this year. 

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