La convention PDXCON 2019 qui s’achève aujourd’hui à Berlin aura permis à l’éditeur d’effectuer de nombreuses annonces sur ces prochains titres, et particulièrement de confirmer que la série Crusader Kings va évoluer l’an prochain vers un troisième volet. Seules les grandes lignes ont été dévoilées pour l’instant, à savoir, de meilleurs graphismes, incluant des modèles de personnages en 3D, une carte plus détaillée et une meilleure interface, puis une gestion plus fine des personnages, de l’importance des modes de vie, des choix religieux et politiques, de la hiérarchie familiale dans les dynasties, et de nombreux autres aspects du gameplay. Vu l’ampleur du sujet il va falloir patienter encore un peu avant que ces nouveaux mécanismes soient expliqués en détail.
On retiendra toutefois au passage un élément important, à savoir que ce troisième volet devrait être bien plus accessible aux débutants. Ce qui ne signifie pas obligatoirement une simplification du gameplay, il faudra voir, mais au moins de meilleurs didacticiels et autres systèmes d’aides en jeu pour permettre d’appréhender plus facilement ses subtils et abstraits mécanismes.
Enfin, si le but du jeu n’est pas de simuler les guerres et batailles au Moyen-âge, espérons toutefois que cet aspect important sera lui aussi revu, le jeu y gagnerait nettement.
An Heir is Born: Crusader Kings III Announced
Paradox Announces Sequel to Classic Medieval Grand Strategy Game
BERLIN – 19 October 2019 – The security of a dynasty rests in the quality of its successors. An heir should be strong. An heir should be forward thinking. Heirs should improve on the oversights of their predecessors. But the most successful heirs are those who build on an already secure foundation.
Crusader Kings III is the sequel to the classic Paradox Development Studio game about medieval conquest, intrigue, religion and high drama. It is a firm step in the direction of a new generation of grand strategy games, with new 3D character models and an even more detailed map. Designed to enhance the experience of Paradox veterans while being more welcoming to young squires, Crusader Kings III is a rich setting for an infinite number of new stories.
Crusader Kings III is slated to arrive in 2020, available for PC via Steam and included in Xbox Game Pass for PC.
“Crusader Kings III is a grand medieval simulator where you are free to live out any plausible ruler fantasy that we could think of – but not without challenge.” says Henrik Fåhraeus, the Game Director. “Seeing its predecessor explode in popularity was very satisfying, especially considering that user friendliness was never our primary goal. Now we have a chance to address an even larger audience.”
Crusader Kings III is the ultimate grand strategy role-playing experience.
– Shape Your Dynasty: Guide unique characters through history, choosing lifestyles best suited to their personalities and your ambitions.
– Rewrite Medieval History: Dynasties will change and adapt to changes in family and politics, and religious beliefs are more firmly under your control.
– Build a Mighty Kingdom: Use your vassals’ fear of you as a weapon or call on familial obligations to persuade reluctant relatives to submit.
– Experience High Drama: Stranger than fiction stories leap off the screen, as characters plot against you and events push you to extremes.
– Learn as You Go: Guided advice to help newcomers navigate a rich medieval world. In-game suggestions tip you off to paths you might not have considered.
– The Usual Crusader Kings Fun: Keep a stubborn council in line, scheme against your overbearing uncle or marry the rich duchy…oops, I mean pious duke or duchess of your dreams.
Greater detail about the features of Crusader Kings III will be coming in the next few months.
And, since there is no better time to practice your skills as a ruler, Paradox Development Studios is happy to announce that the base game of Crusader Kings II is now free on all platforms where it can be purchased. CK2 players can also join us on The Monarch’s Journey, a series of custom challenges for the game that will unlock in-game rewards upon completion.
Prepare your trusty steed and rally your banners.The troubadours are ready to sing your songs. The splendor and intrigue of the Middle Ages returns in Crusader Kings III.
Paradox Interactive is a leading global publisher of strategy games for PC and console. The company has developed and published a world-renowned catalog stretching back to 1999, with players hailing from all around the world.
The publisher’s steadily-growing portfolio includes firmly established franchises such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, and Stellaris series created by Paradox Development Studio, the Age of Wonders series created by Triumph Studios, as well as award-winning titles such as Cities: Skylines, Pillars of Eternity, and more from a network of partner studios. Paradox is the owner of the World of Darkness IPs and is publishing Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
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