Crusader Kings 3's first big expansion won't be out until 2022

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At PDXCon in May, Paradox announced Royal Court, a full-sized expansion for Crusader Kings 3 to follow the smaller Northern Lords DLC. Though a release date wasn't mentioned, it went up for preorder on Steam (opens in new tab) and the Paradox Store (opens in new tab) and was expected fairly soon. As Paradox has announced on its forum (opens in new tab), however, it won't be ready this year.

When it is ready, Royal Court will add a 3D throne room, in which you can hold court with your vassals and courtiers. A new grandeur system will let you spend money to keep up appearances, and an enhanced culture system will take language differences into account (and let you learn new ones), as well as each culture's varying ethos, traditions, and pillars. Artists and craftspeople, attracted by your fine court, will bring treasures and artifacts in return for patronage.

The developers aren't happy with the Royal Court expansion's current stability, and write, "There are a number of bugs we really need to iron out, and are taking more time to make sure it is in line with the standards you expect." Players should "look forward to news about the 2022 release date Soon™!" For more information, have a look at the Royal Court FAQ (opens in new tab)

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.