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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December 16

Crusader Kings II - Way of Life released! + patch 2.3 live!



STOCKHOLM – December 16, 2014 – Come all ye lost and prodigal rulers! Hearken unto what I say! Whatever path you are on can be changed, and whatever failings you have can be remedied. Close study, wise decisions and good counsel can help you transform yourself. Choose a new Way of Life!

Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio today announced that Crusader Kings II: Way of Life can now be purchased on digital storefronts worldwide. Way of Life, the latest expansion for the critically acclaimed strategy franchise, is available for $7.99 and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

Get a glimpse at the new Way of Life trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pntRkvu_aR0

Choose who to seduce, which people to spy on, challenge characters to a duel, and much more in this new installment for the Crusader Kings II series that bolsters the role-playing elements of the acclaimed medieval dynasty simulator. Way of Life allows conquerors of all walks to further customize their methods of intrigue by offering 10 different Focuses that players can set for their characters. These, in turn, open up new options for diplomacy and events to participate in, allowing all sorts of wonders (and mischief) to befall characters during their lifetimes. Featuring hundreds of new events and over 20 new event pictures, Way of Life aims to breathe new life into the devilish demesne of Crusader Kings II.

Alongside the launch of Way of Life, Paradox Interactive is releasing three limited collector’s editions of Crusader Kings II, each with unique offerings that diehard CK2 fans will enjoy, including the option to receive signed swag, thank you credits in the game, an invite to the next Paradox Fan Gathering, and more.

For more details on the limited collector’s editions available for Crusader Kings II, click here!

Patchnotes for v2.3 - please post feedback in the official forums

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December 12

Crusader Kings II - Open Beta Patch 2.2.1.3 out now!

http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?822982-Crusader-Kings-II-Open-Beta-Patch-2.2.1.3-Now-Available-checksum-TZDB

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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.
Helpful customer reviews
920 of 991 people (93%) found this review helpful
453.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
At the age of 16, my character developed a mad crush on a local girl. He crept into her room and banged her, then declared he loved her. 9 months later she gave birth to a child, he decided he didn't like it, smothered this child in its crib, pushed his lover off a balcony and then married a horny Greek princess and did it all over again until he commited suicide at the age of 72 because his son turned gay after coming back from a visit to Constantinople. Brilliant!
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440 of 465 people (95%) found this review helpful
118.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Determined to unite Ireland. Crazy Norse wife kills all my spymasters, poisons 2 of my sons in less than a year.

Half a year later adventurer from spain threatens me and I think "It's fine, he's no threat to me." 1 year later, 30,000 angry men attack my fledgling, petty kingdom, vassals declare independance, revolt happens and king dies from head injury in battle.

3 year old son put on the throne only to be poisoned by wife.

10/10, would play again.
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500 of 542 people (92%) found this review helpful
2,764.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Meh, the fun only lasts for a little bit, so I didn't play for very long.
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490 of 532 people (92%) found this review helpful
575.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Noticed one day that my little boy turned gay all of a sudden.

Couldn't think of any good reason for it, so I click on his "Relations" tab.

And what do I see? My uncle, listed as my boy's "Lover."

10/10, would imprison and execute my pedophilic gay uncle again.
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332 of 353 people (94%) found this review helpful
406.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
With 400 hours played, my biggest hope is that they stop releasing new DLC so that I can stop buying it.
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645 of 733 people (88%) found this review helpful
1,230.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I haven't played this game that much, but it's pretty solid.

9/10
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321 of 352 people (91%) found this review helpful
63.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I bribed the pope, murdered a whole family, including babies. Was granted the title 'the Holy'.

10/10
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490 of 558 people (88%) found this review helpful
172.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
best incest simulator of the decade

10/10 would lannister more
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453 of 513 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Married my 4 month old son to a 68 year old to improve diplomatic relations.

11/10
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285 of 313 people (91%) found this review helpful
347.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I got assassinated by a 1 year old.

10/10
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269 of 294 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,313.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I no longer see people. I only see tools that I can use to further my own ends. Friends? Pfah! They will wear a smile on their face as they twist the knife in your back. Family? All envious of my position and willing to eat eachother just for a chance at my crown. Children? More tools in my political war chest to use as I see fiUURRRRRK...

Welp, My pops is dead. Guess that makes me king now.
Sooo... Who wants cake?
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197 of 215 people (92%) found this review helpful
226.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
King of England took my wife prisoner and executed her. I killed his daughter. She was 4. Killed his son. He was 1. Killed his dad; he had pneumonia. Killed him. Married his wife. Took England. 10/10
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160 of 175 people (91%) found this review helpful
450.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
My 7 year old son was lustful after spending a year studiyng with the pope
11/10 would play again
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217 of 252 people (86%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
They killed my son, the perfect child of a 300 years of eugenics-tier breeding and conditioning...

So I burned their Empire to the GROUND.

10/10 Eugenics Sim. Beautiful.
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254 of 301 people (84%) found this review helpful
2,009.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I guess it's a decent game. I'd certainly reccomend it.
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273 of 336 people (81%) found this review helpful
202.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Great game. I ruled the new Roman Empire as a homosexual eunuch drunk who liked gardening until I was killed by a manure bomb.
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84 of 88 people (95%) found this review helpful
98.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Just minding my own business down in the little duchy of Serbia when three royal marriages and two feasts later I get a notification that I have inherited the entire kingdom of Denmark.

This game, with all of its DLCs for its full potential, is absolutely brilliant in that it brings character customisation and character development to a whole new level. Certainly different from the other Paradox Interactive franchises but in the best way possible. Each Paradox Interactive grand strategy has their own unique focus of gameplay which corresponds accurately to the time period and Crusader Kings II has definitely nailed it with their focus on indepth feudal systems and royal relations.

10/10 - IGN
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170 of 209 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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Graphics:
+ pleasant world map
+ pretty menus
- spartan combat animations
- low-detail world

Atmosphere:
+ authentic and well-researched middle ages
+ building personal relationships is an engrossing endeavor

Sound:
+ appropriate music pieces
- no voice output
- thin soundscape

Balance:
+ five levels of difficulty
+ helpful tutorial
- initially much "trial and error"

Units:
+ countless noble personalities
+ dynasty family tree
+ conscripts and mercenaries
- few units on the map

Endless Game:
+ surprising events
+ intrigue
+ every time another course of history

Game Size:
+ around 100 hours
+ four campaigns
+ huge replay value
+ multiplayer mode

That's it though: Once be a famous king who defends his power, intrigue spins and defeated rivals! Crusader Kings 2 of Paradox offers exclusive to the medieval job now, where you have to manage your own particular family in real time. Prepares the ruling also joy? Thousands of years of warfare, culture clashes, technological advances, political upheaval and intrigue.

There are no tangible goal, be found in Crusader Kings II. Your task is simply the patchwork of feudal states, Europe and the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages, however you include and expand to take your power desired. After you choose a starting point somewhere 1066-1337 to play, like any head of state long ago absorbed from the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire to the king of a tiny area of a larger nation.
Relationships are really tricky things and in Crusader Kings II, but they are the core of the game. Like other nobles you see both in your own area as well as internationally, affects the actions you can take and how efficient you are as a ruler. You can manipulate others through a variety of methods.
In your own yard can be the people providing titles or honors and landed every character, regardless of which court they are, have their own ambitions that you can help them with. If you want to befriend the widowed King of Poland, you can offer him one of your beautiful daughters.
You will get an alliance (marriage is the only way you can to make such relations), and if they both have the ambition marriage, you're going to make them even happier. If you succeed it makes you as a puppeteer at the highest level to feel.

While you sit tight and play the role of a pacifist, the best way to build your dynasty is about to overtake other areas and expand the boundaries of your kingdom. This task usually requires a careful combination of diplomacy, intrigue and all-out military conflict.
Building an army is an expensive proposition in Crusader Kings II, so you need a robust economy before you spend money on new training structures in your various holdings. Likewise, maintaining an active army that is called up to war adds a big cost to your monthly expenses, making it easy to dip into the red and burn through your gold reserves in a hurry.

The handful of events you can cause through decisions are always the same and after you've held a couple of feasts and tournaments they stop being very memorable, they just become a way for you to potentially augment your stats. They are welcome diversions and thanks to the random nature of the game the outcomes frequently differ even if you've witnessed the event several times before, but I can't help but wish there was more variety.

But don't let that discourage you from giving it a go because even in spite of its learning curve, Crusader Kings II is absolutely worth the time investment. Playing the game against real people adds a lot of excitement, whether coordinating with human allies in a combined war effort or rubbing their noses in a failed assassination attempt.

It is that the scale and potential for an entertaining story after another, the Crusader Kings II make so captivating. There are so many small interactions to allow you to experience for a payout and so much potential, if your planning and scheming finally come to fruition. It's an incredibly dynamic game that seems to perfectly simulate the state of flux that Europe and the Middle East were in during the Middle Ages. An intense learning curve, but a unique strategy experience.

Score: 82 / 100


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89 of 98 people (91%) found this review helpful
453.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I imported Muslim and African men into France by marrying them to members of my court. In less than 200 years the Capet Kings where black.

Thank you Merchant
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135 of 165 people (82%) found this review helpful
211.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Arrested a Duke's son for trying to murder his father.
Duke gained a -50 opinion modifier towards me for imprisoning his son.
50/10
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