Crusader Kings and it’s sequel Crusader Kings II are the only video games that will make players have complete sympathy for Henry VIII’s penchant for wife murdering. Now Crusader Kings II is getting an expansion that will give rulers a whole new group of people to interfere with their rule. The expansion is called Conclave and Paradox Interactive plans on releasing it soon.
The announcement from Paradox Interactive for Conclave has this little bit to say about the new content for Crusader Kings II,
“Conclave, the newest expansion for the game, will give your vassals some bite to go along with your bark, as the council that governs your realm will now demand some say in how you rule. Powerful dukes, regardless of competence, will require a seat at the table, and those left on the outside will be more likely to plot against you.
Keep your council happy, and the mighty vassals will resist the pull of faction and civil war. Dismiss their interests, though, and you may find yourself trying to hold together a council at war with itself.
Balance councillor skill and power to keep your dynasty safe and strong. Ignore powerful underlings at your peril, or simply buy their loyalty with favors. Conclave makes the royal council a force unto itself.”
As if Crusader Kings II wasn’t difficult enough already, now there will be a whole new wrench to throw in the royal works in the form of demanding vassals. Yet for those that have mastered the game and have their kingdoms running smoothly the Conclave expansion will shake things up. Since CK2 has more of a focus on court intrigue this expansion may help add more internal strategy to the game.
Conclave will allow council to vote on changes to realm laws. It also has a revised education system for royal children that adds new traits and events to shape future rulers. Military combat will be seeing some changes with the expansion adding an emphasis on morale and a new diplomatic system will prioritize marriage alliances, non-aggression pacts and coalitions.
New tweaks and improvements will be coming with the upcoming Conclave expansion for Crusader Kings II. Crusader Kings 2 players can look forward to the latest expansion being released sometime in early 2016.
How do you feel about the “Conclave” expansion Crusader Kings 2 players? Do you welcome the challenge vassals will bring to your kingdom or would you rather keep them out of your royal affairs? Share your thoughts in the comments below!