Paradox har (fjäll)höga planer för sitt alltjämt levande strategiepos från 2012.

Crusader Kings 2 har hunnit bli fem år gammalt men tack vare både ett dedikerat Paradox och en trogen spelarbas har det historiska strategieposet fortsatt sin resa genom spelhistorien.

Därför var det lite överraskande att vi inte fick se något nytt under PDXCON. Där bekräftade den svenska speljätten bland annat sci-fi-strategin Surviving Mars och att man i fortsättningen ska släppa Harebrained Schemes Battletech. Paradox har med andra ord händerna fulla...

...Men inte så fulla att de försummar Crusader Kings 2. I det här fallet väntade man med ett avslöjande, men idag har spelets regissör Henrik Fåhraues skrivit en forumpost som vittnar om en spännande framtid – även om vi inte vet exakt när den kommer. Himalaya och Tibet väntar.

Northern Siberia and the Sahara deserve to be wasteland; it’s difficult to do anything more about that (we’ve already twisted and manipulated the map projection, etc.) However, the Himalayas and the vast Tibetan plateau are a different story… Though mountainous, the region contains many important population centers and religious sites and has a rich history of interaction with China, India and Central Asia. In essence, the only reason it’s a “wasteland” in CK2 is that we haven’t prioritized doing it justice. I’ve never been happy with the way the eastern edge of the map feels like the edge of the world when, in fact, it should be a dynamic hub connecting at least four major civilizations (China, India, the Steppe Nomads and the Islamic world.) Well, the time to do something about that is now! In our working build, we have added the necessary provinces, new cultures (Bodpa, Tangut and Nepalese), new religions (Bön and Khurmazta), and title history for the entire region.

Jorden är alltså inte platt. Det, ni! De nya religionerna verkar också, som sig bör, vara intrikata.

The Bön religion is a pagan faith which functionally has many similarities with the Romuvan and Buddhist religions: It is very hard to convert, has access to Gavelkind, and unlike other pagan faiths it can not be reformed (though this might change in the future.) Instead, it starts off with the ability to designate heirs, just like Buddhists. It has also got a Patron Deity system like that of the Hindus and the ‘defensive’ Pagans.

Stora muslimska erövrare kommer också spela viktiga roller i nästa kapitel för Crusader Kings 2.

In addition, we are looking over the great Muslim conquerors (Sabuktigin, Seljuq and Timur) to make sure they usually rise, toning down the Indian Holy Orders and making them creatable (rather than existing from the start.) We also plan to add or expand on adventurers for more generic conquests into and out of the subcontinent especially.

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