Paradox Interactive‘s Crusader Kings III: Royal Court will finally arrive on consoles in May 2023.
Royal Court is the first expansion for Crusader Kings III, The third entry in the grand strategy Medieval RPG video game series. It was first released for PC alongside the update 1.5 in February 2022. The Royal Court expansion adds new ways to engage with the characters in the kingdom or empire, as well as significant improvements to the game’s cultural system, bringing additional dynamism and historical fluidity to the game.
Recently, Paradox Interactive announced that the CK3: Royal Court DLC will finally launch for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles on May 17th, 2023.
There are two major main parts to the Royal Court expansion, which include the Royal Court itself or the Throne Room, and the culture system. The Throne Room is basically where the ruler’s seat, surrounded by courtiers and vassals, reflects all the accumulated majesty and prestige of the dynasty. In terms of the Culture system, Royal Court introduces significant improvements to this feature, infusing the game with dynamic and emergent cultures.
Grand courts may please vassals and attract interesting visitors, but it also gives complaining courtiers a place to easily find the ruler. As King or Emperor in the Royal Court DLC, players must make decisions that will smooth the troubled waters in the kingdom while also impressing guests with their collection of masterpieces and artifacts.
Through the overhauled Culture system provided by the Royal Court expansion, players will be able to build a genuinely dynamic melting pot by mixing and matching the distinguishing characteristics of their people with the new Hybridisation feature. Players may take on the role of a great Bedouin conqueror who merges with newly subjugated people, or they can adopt the role of an intrepid Norse ruler who came to adopt Sri Lankan customs.
After its release on PC, Crusader Kings III: Royal Court received generally mixed reviews, mostly criticizing its price point which may be too pricey for a DLC. Despite this, some players have praised it for introducing a fun twist to the game with the court intrigue, artifact system, and hybrid cultures.