Crusader Kings 3 looks to shake up several core system but not without giving its map the attention it deserves. After all, it's what players will spend a good chunk of their time examining.
Aside from receiving a significant makeover, the Crusader Kings 3 map also features a few new territories. Here's what you can expect.
Crusader Kings 3 Map
As Crusader Kings III's Steam description puts it, its map "stretches from Iceland to India, from the Arctic Circle to Central Africa".
You'll find lots of recognizable places but also new ones like Tibet, in its entirety, and sub-Saharan Africa extended up to the Nigerian coast.
China won't be featured at release, but if you zoom all the way out, you'll notice that the right side of the paper map is frayed.
While it's possible for it to just be an artistic choice, it could also represent a foreshadowing of where post-launch DLC might take us.
When zoomed all the way out, you'll see the Crusader Kings III map represented as an actual paper map on a table, small details like ships or monsters reminding of actual medieval maps.
Zooming further in, you'll see different realms depicted, each in their own color. You'll perform a good chunk of your politicking at this level, making the gorgeous new colors and font great additions.
The third level of zoom features each barony with its associated terrain types. While you cannot play as a Baron and they cannot break away from the counties they're a part of, depicting them gives the Crusader Kings III map a more natural feel.
Crusader Kings III's map also features more impassable terrain which influences army movement quite a bit. Some spots are more easily defended than others thanks to their geography.
The different terrain types influence not just combat but also the types of buildings that players can construct in each barony.
The better looking Crusader Kings III map is just one of several improved elements that make the upcoming grand strategy RPG title look promising.
Crusader Kings III is due out on PC on September 1.