Crusader Kings III joins Xbox Game Pass for PC in September

By Heidi Nicholas,
The much-anticipated strategy RPG Crusader Kings III will join Xbox Game Pass for PC as a day one addition when the game is released on September 1st for Windows.


Crusader Kings III is set in the Middle Ages. The Xbox wire post explains how you'll be guiding "a royal dynasty through centuries of war, romance, and intrigue, always staying a step ahead of enemies, rivals and troublesome relatives". Game designer Alexander Oltner elaborates on the changes implemented in the newest Crusader Kings, such as 3D portraits, "improved" character DNA, and a more detailed map.

The map ranges "from Iceland to India, from the Arctic Circle to Central Africa", covering "knights, peasant revolts, pilgrimages, Viking raiders" and more. You can choose from five lifestyles — diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue, and learning — with abundant character traits, but forcing these characters out of their normal behaviour will stress them out and cause more problems. You'll be looking after your whole dynasty, arranging the lives of your heirs, watching out for plots, making alliances, planning murders, waging war, and generally engaging in some Middle Ages-themed meddling. Normally priced at £41.74/$49.99 on the Microsoft Store, Crusader Kings III will be included with Xbox Game Pass PC from release on September 1st.

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Crusader Kings III
Crusader Kings III

Crusader Kings III is the latest version of Paradox Development Studio’s beloved role-playing Grand Strategy Game of medieval conquest and royal court intrigue. Lead one of hundreds of noble or royal families through the Middle Ages, as you acquire power and prestige across the generations.


Crusader Kings III: Royal Edition
Crusader Kings III: Royal Edition

The Royal edition of Crusader Kings III is the obvious choice for aspiring nobles looking to create a dynasty that lasts throughout the ages. It includes Crusader Kings III, an Expansion pass covering the first three upcoming expansions and the Expansion Pass bonus Fashion of the Abbasid Court.

Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!