Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome Expansion Announced

Paradox Interactive announced a new expansion is coming to Crusader Kings II this week, and it’s all about Rome and some new features. I could expand on that, but the press release that came with the announcement says it better than I could.

Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome is a new expansion which will breathe a dose of hot, spicy, Mediterranean fresh air into the deliciously dark world of the critically acclaimed strategy/RPG, Crusader Kings II. The Byzantine Empire is receiving some tender loving care from Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio with the new expansion pack, which will add a wealth of features to the game and build upon Crusader Kings’ glory.

In the rich politics of Byzantium, you’ll find your cranky and disgruntled vassals split into factions, which will band together in revolt against your rule (they’re getting smarter)! Thankfully, your generals have improved to match them. Legacy of Rome introduces Leader Focus, with generals’ skills carrying more importance than ever before. This may prove useful if you have any generals that are (I) competent and (II) not plotting to drown you in a lake.

As for the wealth of features, let’s talk about wealth! You’ll be able to appoint your very own Orthodox patriarch instead of depending on that miserable old patriarch of Constantinople, plus you’ll have greater control over where you demand levies from your vassals, and, of course, indulge in new, Byzantine-specific events and decisions. You’ll need your regent to be at the top of their game, so it’s a good thing there are now Self-Improvement ambitions for them! It’s almost as if not everybody in the kingdom is out to get you.

The last gasp of the Roman Empire is in your hands, dear leader. Try not to screw it up.

Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome Main features:

  • New Faction System: Join a royal faction and use your allies in the party to enhance your strength and tear down rivals
  • Raise Standing Armies: You will now be able to use retinues to have standing armies in your domain: the size of which is determined by technology
  • Experience Factional Revolts: No more easily defeated rebellions. Disgruntled vassals will now band together in revolt against your rule through their faction
  • Appoint Orthodox Patriarchs: Orthodox kingdoms and empires can now control their own heads of religion and their powers, instead of being dependent on the patriarch of Constantinople
  • Streamlined Mobilization: You will always raise a single, larger levy from your direct vassal; no need to worry about the opinions of the lower vassals
  • Leader Focus on Combat: Appoint your generals wisely, their traits and skills are now of vital importance on the field of battle. More commander traits are now added to increase the importance of your choice of military leaders
  • Byzantium Comes Alive: New sets of decisions and events specifically designed with the Byzantine Empire in mind
  • Improve your ruler: You can now actively strive to improve your skills or traits through the new Self-Improvement Ambitions

Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome is projected to release across the digital sphere in Q4, 2012 with a recommended price of $9.99 (USD). Here’s some screenshots to check out for this upcoming expansion.

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