Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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Release Date: Feb 14, 2012

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August 25

Crusader Kings II: The Reaper’s Due available now!



STOCKHOLM - August 25, 2016 - Few things are more contagious than the stories people tell about Crusader Kings II. Tales of intrigue, piety, conquest and murderous sibling rivalry have circled the internet for over four years. Today, Paradox Development Studio adds the world’s greatest pandemic to the mix in The Reaper’s Due, the latest expansion to its best-selling medieval grand strategy-roleplaying game.

The Reaper’s Due adds a host of new mechanics centered on the Black Death and other world shaping epidemics. Lock your gates to keep the plague from infecting your court, even if it means cutting yourself off from your suffering citizens. Peace and good management will see your provinces reward you with greater wealth and manpower, but rampant disease may depopulate your countryside.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u08K9uvRM3E

The Reaper’s Due introduces many new systems and features to what is already the richest medieval tapestry in gaming:

- The Black Death: New additions to epidemic system include this super destructive disease and a new map mode that track the expansion of deadly illnesses.
- Court Physicians: This new position for learned courtiers opens up a series of events tied to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases with medieval tech.
- Hospitals: Slow down the spread of epidemics by investing in these outposts that care for the sick and infirm.
- Prosperity and Depopulation: Watch your provinces thrive under your careful attention and degrade under the pressures of diseases run amok.
- Seclusion: Take a page from the Masque of the Red Death and hide yourself away with your court as plagues ravage the countryside.

And even more: New physical traits, new events chain and a host of smaller changes.

Are you a clever enough ruler to make it through one of humanity’s darkest moments? Invest wisely and avoid the plague, or shut yourself off and take advantage of the destruction later. The choice, as always, is yours.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/449980/

Free update patch 2.6
And as per usual the expansion is accompanied by a free patch that should have been downloaded by your Steam client already. You can read the patch notes here!

The Reaper’s Due Content Pack
Also a new content pack has been released and is available . You can see a preview of the content here!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/449981/

Full Plate Metal Music Pack!
From Tobias Gustavsson, composer of Viking Metal and Guns, Drums and Steel”, five completely original compositions have been created to add intensity to your Crusader Kings experience, with inspirations drawn from Viking music, the Main Theme, Nordic culture, and – of course – heavy metal. You can get it right here!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/472070/

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August 25

Patch 2.6.1 Released!

Hi all!

2.6.1 is finally out for you to enjoy. The release of the expansion The Reaper's Due, content pack and Full Plate Metal will be within an hour.

FYI: 2.6.0 + 2.6.1 were merged together and are released at the same time (now), that's the reason behind calling the patch "2.6.1".

Important information:
Older save games should work with 2.6 but if you want to be really safe you should finish off any games in 2.5.2 before updating

How to revert patch level: Right click CK2 in Steam, choose "Properties", click "Betas" tab, select 2.5.2 in the dropdown list and let it update
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# Free Features
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- Game Rules have been added to the game - Whenever you start a new game, you can change the rules to customize your experience:
- Major Epidemic (requires 'The Reaper's Due'): Dynamic/Delayed Dynamic/Historical/Deadly
- Gender Equality: Default/Historical/All
- Mongol Invasion: Historical/Random/off
- Aztec Invasion (requires 'Sunset Invasion'): 14th Century/Random/Off
- Shattered Retreat: On/Off
- Defensive Pacts: On/Off
- Dynamic De Jure Drift: Default/Restricted/Off
- De Jure Assimilation Duration: Very Short/Short/Default/Long
- Supernatural Events: On/Off
- Culture Conversion: Default/Restricted/Faster Melting Pots/Slower Conversion/Combination
- Religious Conversion Speed: Default/Slower
- Raiding: Historical/Unrestricted/Off
- Adventurers: Normal/Rare/None
- Interfaith Marriages: Restricted/Open
- Matrilineal Marriages: On/Off
- Custom Realms (requires 'Charlemagne'): On/Off
- Story Events (requires 'Charlemagne'): On/Off
- Vassal Republics: Restricted/Unrestricted
- Vassal Theocracies: Restricted/Unrestricted
- Invitation to Court: Default/Open
- Diplomatic Range: On/Restricted/Off
- Regencies: On/Off
- Provincial Revolts: Normal/Rare/None
- Defensive Attrition: On/Tribal Only/Off
- Pagan Reformation: Allowed/Disallowed/Players Only
- Assassination: Plots Only/Direct Action
- AI Seduction (requires 'Way of Life'): On/Off
- AI Intrigue (requires 'Way of Life'): On/Off
- Provincial Revolt: Normal/Rare/None

- The old succession screen has been replaced with one that is much more elaborate!
- The graphics and layout of the screen has been improved.
- A flavorful text will tell your more of the deceased character and what they will be remembered by.
- A picture representing the characters death has been added.
- You will now hear your own death sound when dying.

- Added events through which one can get female councillors, the women can either be talented relatives, vassals or strangers
- Added a 'Release Tributary' decision
- Added a decision to Recruit prisoners
- Added a decision to ask characters to leave your court (at the cost of prestige)
- Added decisions for Hindu Merchant Republics to claim the Vaishya caste
- Added a confirmation event whenever you expel a holy order to avoid expelling them by mistake
- Added a Continue button to the launcher, which boots the game into your latest save
- Added loads of new nicknames
- Added more autosave intervals: every 10, 25, 50, and 100 years
- Changed and optimized compression to improve Ironman saving (and saving in general) times. Unfortunately this means save files are also bigger. For reference, saving my test case file went from 29s to less than 6s.
- There is now an event informing the world when a Crusade/Jihad etc ends inconclusively
- Skilled or ambitious female vassals may now demand a seat on the council
- Added an event to rename "Middle Francia" to "Austrasia" if no longer held by a Karling

Way of Life:
- Added a bunch of new events for the War Focus (Way of Life) where you can get leader traits and teach them to your commanders
- Added a bunch of events for the Theology focus where you retreat into solitude to pray and reflect upon your life
- The Family Focus can now also remove rivalries between close family members

The Old Gods:
- Added some stronger versions of the Viking trait, Ravager and Sea King, which can be gain from further raiding.
- Added targeted decision 'Appoint Shieldmaiden' for Norse pagan rulers, which grants eligible female character the trait 'Shieldmaiden' as well as access to the Commander minor title
- Shieldmaiden training events
- Combat events where a Shieldmaiden can save her liege on the battlefield
- Event chain for befriending a Shieldmaiden
- Added two decisions for defensive pagans - one to worship the ancestors, where a sacrifice can lead to different outcomes in a chosen area, and one to summon a band of devout warriors when getting invaded by religious enemies.

There is more! Much more, but they don't fit in here, so please click here to continue reading...

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Reviews

“...playing is winning, and there’s something quite satisfying about leading your house to power and glory through whatever means you can, for as long as you can.”
9,5/10 – Strategy Informer

“In short, Crusader Kings II is a majestic feudal sandbox, the greatest generator of hilarious medieval soap opera ever created and Paradox Interactive’s best title to date.”
90/100 – IncGamers

“It's perfectly possible to have made a few too many enemies, anger the Pope and find most of Europe out for your blood. That's really what makes the game so damn fun.”
9/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops - and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem... Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones...

Key features:

  • Start a game at any point between 1066 and 1337 and play until 1453
  • Pick a Christian lord and make sure his dynasty survives as you play a succession of his descendants through the ages
  • Gain Prestige for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your Dynasty
  • Expand your feudal domain - and keep it from falling apart
  • Unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each with their own opinions and agendas
  • Take up the Cross and fight the Moor, the Heathen and the Heretic.
  • Defend against the onslaught of the Mongol Horde
  • Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops
  • Relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      > 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
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Recent:
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drfitzsimons
1,334.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
My only complaint is that the Ruler Designer disables achievements. Other than that the game is perfect!
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enclavearmor
438.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Heavy is the head.
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ZaFe Fat Twat
102.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
Just finished designing my ruler!
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CATNIP
31.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Fun
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Diomedes
333.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
This game is extremely deep: you are, or manage, a family of nobles spanning generations of Medieval history. Intrigue, politics, religion, etc. take centrestage as history flows inexorably forward and you try to stay afloat. The game is fundamentally one of survival but it can also be whatever you'd like it to be. Want to rule Europe? You can! Want to have sex with your grandchildren? You can! But make sure there's grandchildren to seduce. Want to make the first Jewish State of Italy? You can! The huge an immersive world is flexible to almost any aim.

The modding community is great. I recommend browsing it for whatever you might like and for those things you don't yet know you want. Better historical gender laws? It's a mod. Deeper combat? It's a mod. Game of Thrones? There's a mod, although it might not be in the official workshop at the moment. Just google it.

Most of the complaints on here are about the DLC. The DLC are really great but they do cost money. I recommend buying the bigger DLC on sale and, as a consequence, you'll get a huge game for the price of a newish game. I for one found the investment totally worthwhile.

The active DLC has a benefit that few reviewers remark upon: the game is always improving. Bugs are fixed, new features are added, and it's always fresh after a few months' break. Buy it, set yourself some wild goals, expect to fail and have fun doing it.
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👌 Riki Naifas Fancyman of eXe
27.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
>be me Kaiser Adolf von Nazi of the Holy Roman Empire
>Attempt to arrest already established traitors
>Fail and they revolt
>ffs.jpeg
>Sunset Invasion
>No longer a coastal empire due to revolts
>♥♥♥♥yea.png
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psvander
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
As a new player, the tutorial is 100% useless. It doesn't highlight or indicate the things it wants you to learn or pay attention to, and there doesn't appear to be any real tips or hints when you randomly go through the clickable frames in the user interface.

Further, the game options do not tell you how to pause, play, speed up, or slow down the game, let alone other important things. For the record, space, space, + and - do the above, which I had to ask someone.

Apart from the extremely rough beginning, the game seems full of promise, and I suggest to everybody to really delve into expansions, DLC, and other additions. You do not need any, let alone all of the addons, but there are more than enough things to be interesting to someone.

I have seen gameplay from someone who has put in a few hundred hours, and Crusader Kings II does look incredibly fun, once past the insane hurdle of learning how to start.
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mmoller2k
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
This game is unplayable on a UHD monitor. The user interface is sub microscopic with no way to change it. Unless you have an old sub-HD monitor lying around, give this one a skip.
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cgschmidt3169
108.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Buy me.
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thecowkingofminecraft
575.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
with over 500 hours in the game I can teell you its fun but the base game is bare bones and they are starting to lock out content to that with new dlc just so your kingdom/empire doesent all fall apart google conclave prigmototrie i love the game but there just to greedy i will lement my oipinion if they fix this greedy borking b*stards
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
63 of 71 people (89%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
180.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Started game as King Boleslaw the Bold of Poland
Had a feast every November and prepare it with the the best acts and lavish food if I could afford it.
Mayor Maslaw of Warszawa would cut the throat of one of my servants nearly every other year.
Would always imprison Maslaw for his act.
Would always ransom him to himself for 25 gold.
Contintued to leech 25 gold from Maslaw every few years at the expense of unlimited servants.
Can't wait for next year's feast. 10/10
*EDIT August 22, 2016*
Wish Romance of the Three Kingdom games had this ammount of depth. Take note, KOEI.
Would be great if there was another discount on this and it's DLC in a few weeks, particularly the week of September 15, 2016.. 950 years after the start of the vanilla game. We could wait around another 50 years for the true millenial anniversary.. NO! No we can't.
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50 of 54 people (93%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
301.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
In school you were taught vlad the impaler was an evil sadistic monster. However this game made me realise he didn't go far enough.

If you think your a good moral person, i challange you to play this game and see how long your morality lasts...
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61 of 73 people (84%) found this review helpful
92 people found this review funny
Recommended
454.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This all actually happened. I can screenshot the deaths if needed.

The curse of Tiberius:
>be me
>playing elder kings
>have a son
>son is genius and strong
>name son tiberius
>tiberius is amazing
>great stats and traits
>tiberius dies in 'accident'

This is how it all began.

>have genius son
>name genius son tiberius
>tiberius dies

At this point I laughed it off as a coincidence. Oh was I wrong.

>Playing singleplayer
>genius and vigorous son
>name son tiberius as a tribute
>tiberius lives for a while but not long enough
>tiberius dies

>have a new son
>new son is genius and strong
>tiberius pls
>tiberius dies

I start to get worried. At least one has to live, right?

>playing multiplayer
>tell friend about tiberius experiences
>friend says dont name any good children tiberius
>have a genius son
>tiberius
>he dies
>genius son
>tiberius
>dead

>today
>have a son
>genius, over 20 in every stat
>is best of the batch to date
>he is named tiberius
>tiberius overcomes sickliness and being ill at young ages
>maybe he can finally do it
>maybe he can survive
>crimson plague
>not worried, doesnt usually do anything drastic
>tiberius gets it
>tiberius dies

O Tiberius Tiberius, why has thou wrought upon me this curse?
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77 of 104 people (74%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
Recommended
6,354.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
6,349.7 hrs on record.
Well, i guess its ok...:P
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
323.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Strangely addictive game. I had this in my library for a while and never figured out how to really play it until I found a community beginner's guide. After that, I haven't put it down.

Its challenging, fun, but not at all a game you can really get through in an evening. Not at all for the casual "I'll pick this up, skip the tutorials and master the game" style of gamer. Spend some time, learn the game and if you like strategy mixed with RPG mixed with the desire to conquer the world, this game is for you.
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104 of 168 people (62%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Don'y get me wrong, CK2 is a great game BUT this DLC policy must be discontinued.

For Christ shake some years old content still cost 15 euroes which is ridicilous!
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87 of 141 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
827.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Loved this game, I considered it one of the best games I ever played. I also liked some of the major DLC such as The Old Gods, Rajas of India and Charlemagne. Even DLCs that added things I felt should have been there at the start such as Sword of Islam did improve the game. Hell I even liked Sunset Invasion because it made gameplay more interesting in the west even if it is nonsensical. A few of the DLCs did make the game better. There's also some enjoyable mods such as the GOT mod and the Elder Kings mod. I also love many of Paradox's games. It should have been impossible for them to turn me into an annoyed customer.

That said the devs have simply made to many changes with patches and DLC that have just made CK2 a lot less fun and they're going to continue changing it. At a certain point all their changes were doing was make everything take longer and be more frustrating to do. The changes to the council, shattered retreats and coalitions for example just make the game more tedious. If the changes you're adding don't make the game fun but just make it last longer then what is the point? All you're doing is annoying the people that are playing and buying your products; you get sick of them changing the game for the worse. That's all without mentioning waiting for them to fix bugs in their new updates, DLC and the ton of cosmetic and sound DLC for the game.

The other fact is it must be so offputting for someone thinking of buyng the game fresh. There's just too much DLC. I cannot imagine how offputting all the DLC must be to a new player I mean what is there like 50+ now? I don't get how Paradox don't get that seeing a £30 game with 50+ DLCs with a price of £122 is extremely offputting especially to new players or players that didn't keep up with the DLC.

I love CK, EU, HOI and like Victoria but I'll not buy another paradox game. They seem to enjoy releasing DLC after DLC that eventually just end up changing the core gameplay for the worse by making the games more frustrating and take longer. On top of that a lot of the DLC seems to change minor things yet are priced the same as the stuff that makes significant changes.

They've ruined EUIV imo, CK2 isn't ruined YET but they've definitely made the game worse than it was and since they're apparently going to be releasing even more DLC for it at this point I've basically braced myself for the game to go more and more downhill. So basically I'll never by another one of their games because I know they'll release DLC after DLC that will eventually suck the fun out of the game I liked.

They change things that don't need changing and add things the game was better of without and it's frustrating watching a game you like become worse. If it ain't broke don't fix it would be a good principle for Paradox to start following :(.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
334.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Feels great when you're playing as the King of Abyssinia and Nubia but need the kingdom of Egypt to create the Abyssinian Empire and you set up the proper marriages and your heir inherits the Byzantine Empire from your wife and your heir's heir likewise inherits the French Empire, allowing the expansion of the rightful world Empire of Great Abyssinia, stretching from Iceland to Sri Lanka. Next game, you play as a Croatian duke and grow to take over basically everything from the Greek borders to Northwestern Spain, becoming the most powerful man in the Byzantine Empire (despite not actually being the emperor) and eventually declare independence because these "laws" are for lesser men.

Next game, you decide to change it up and play the Game of Thrones mod and play as the Reynes of Castamere and see if you can beat the mighty Lannisters (instead of having Tywin wipe out your entire house). After years of carefully setting up marriage alliances, you realize you may have overdone it as the combined armies of the North, the Riverlands, the Reach, and Dorne all join you to defeat the Lannisters. But hey, as long as you have alliances with all but two of the Lords Paramount of Westeros, why not just take the Iron Throne and rule them all?

Oh, don't forget the incest, murder, and seduction for seduction's sake!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I just bought this game recently, and it has already absorbed nearly 20 hours of my life.

I can forsee myself playing this for a number of hours that makes people question my sanity.



If you are looking for a generic civilization game, this isn't for you. If you like the idea of micromanaging a dynasty and making strategic marriages...then get this game immediately.

My only honest complaint is that so much of the map is unplayable unless you buy DLC. They aren't super expensive, but it is a bit irritating.

Still, for what the game is and the uniqueness of it...I'll give it a 10/10.
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27 of 46 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
211.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Paradox and their DlC..... Again.
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