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There are still important distinctions between PC and console games, but here’s another example of how the wall is eroding between them: Crusader Kings 3 comes to Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5 consoles.
Crusader Kings games are great strategic PC eras in which players guide medieval families through multiple generations of war, intrigue, politics, and words ending in "-cest" and "-cide." They are mosaics of menus, icons, buttons and information tips, which gives them a "PC only" feel. It’s just hard to imagine warming up on the couch with a controller as you examine the vassal traits and read the clues to the story. That’s the plan, though.
Crusader Kings 3 will launch on UI consoles and controls "that have been refined to bring this great strategy experience to a controller," host Kate Yeager said during the current Xbox Gamescom stream. In the previous ad trailer, we briefly look at a radial menu in CK3. A strange sight.
Currently, Yeager referred to the Crusader Kings 3 console version as an "adaptation, not a direct port", but a Paradox representative tells me that the changes are mainly limited to the controls and the user interface. , so of course, it's not a big redesign of the basic game. Details are scarce for now and there is more to come, but we also learned that there will be new specific features for each console.
"Xbox Series X / S players will be able to quickly switch between games and check out a YouTube tutorial on how to quell a peasant revolt," Paradox tells a blog post. "PlayStation 5 users will experience the mechanics of stress themselves, as their DualSense controllers physically react to game events as they unfold."
Other strategy games have appeared on consoles in the past with varying levels of success, including Paradox's Stellaris, which was released on Xbox and PlayStation in 2019. But Crusader Kings feels even more special for the PC, at least between the strategy players I know. We don’t have “exclusives” on their own, as no company controls PC games, but it still feels like the opposite of the Sony Uncharted games they release on PC.
Actually, it's not the only time we've seen Crusader Kings 3 being played recently with a console-like device. It was unveiled during the announcement of Steam Deck, Valve's new handheld gaming system. The Steam Deck includes trackpads that are more mouse-like than analog discs and can also be docked and used with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse like a normal desktop computer, so it’s not the same as an Xbox. However, the general message is the same: the PC gaming experience is becoming less and less associated with desktops and desktops.
Paradox has not said whether or not support for the Crusader Kings 3 driver for the console versions will come to the PC version as an update. The Lab42 studio performs the ports, and capping their functions to the existing PC version may not be feasible or planned. We have asked the question and we will let you know if we get a definitive answer.
Versions of the Crusader Kings 3 console will be released "soon." For more context, here is the 94% review of last year's PC version of Crusader Kings 3.