Crusader Kings III was the big announcement coming from this year's PDXCON and it's possible that we'll have to wait until late 2020 before we get to create, topple dynasties and paint the map in our color.
Although Paradox didn't share anything past a broad 2020 release upon announcing Crusader Kings III, the company's most recent financial report narrows down the release window.
Crusader Kings III Scheduled to Be Released Late 2020
"We announced several expansions to be released in the next few months and revealed that our next Grand Strategy game is Crusader Kings III, scheduled to be released late 2020.", said CEO Ebba Ljungerud in the closing paragraph of the interim report for the period between January and September 2019.
Crusader Kings III will feature a slew of improvements, including detailed 3D character models, alongside a significantly more detailed map than those of its predecessors. Players can also look forward to a refreshed focus on lifestyles, which now come with skill trees through which your character progresses.
Another area that Crusader Kings III looks to improve is the onboarding of new players. A longtime issue with the company's grand strategy titles, whose menus and details can easily overwhelm unfamiliar players, guided advice will provide a steady stream of help as characters grow and new paths open to them.
Game Director Henrik Fåhraeus has also revealed that Crusader Kings III won't attempt to launch with all the DLC content in Crusader Kings II, focusing instead on specific aspects that proved popular in the previous title, while shooting for depth.
Crusader Kings III is set to release in late 2020 on PC, via Steam and the Xbox Game Pass for PC.