One Year of Crusader Kings III: 18 Million Marriages, 334 Million Children, and 4 Million Pets Petted

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Paradox Interactive celebrates the acclaimed grand strategy game’s first birthday with new player data

STOCKHOLM – September 30, 2021 – Crusader Kings III, the renowned grand strategy role-playing game from Paradox Development Studio, is celebrating one full year atop the throne. To commemorate the occasion, Paradox has today shared a set of noble accomplishments achieved by lords and ladies across the realm to date.

Since launching on September 1, 2020, Crusader Kings III players have spent over 128 million hours growing prodigious bloodlines fit for royal diplomacy and political intrigue. Within that time, saints and sinners have seen:

  • 334 million children born
  • 18 million marriages and betrothals
  • 4 million characters broken by stress
  • 4 million pets petted
  • 1 million prisoners escaped

Over the year, player habits and patterns have also begun to take shape:

  • The most popular starting region is Britannia
  • The most popular faith tenet is Warmonger
  • The most popular lifestyle is Stewardship / Wealth
  • Pagan religions have been reformed 1 million times
  • The Roman Empire has been restored 190,000 times
  • The Great Schism has been healed 220,000 times
  • Cannibalism has been adopted 14,000 times

“It’s wild to me that CK3, the game we poured so much time and passion into, has been out and in the hands of players for a full year,” said Alexander Oltner, Lead Game Designer at Paradox Development Studio. “It has been fantastic and humbling to read on Reddit and watch on Twitch the myriad ways that this community has both built dynasties and failed to get them off the ground. We can’t wait to see what else the monarchs of CK3 continue to get up to as we work to bring new features and content to the game in the future.”

Crusader Kings III launched a year ago to both critical and community acclaim, combining the depth and complexity of Paradox’ grand strategy offerings with a new level of approachability and accessibility. Fans can look forward to the game’s first major expansion, Royal Court, which will bring upgrades, improvements, and an all-new throne room to the game when it launches later this year.

For more information on Crusader Kings III, please visit the game’s website and follow its official Twitter and Facebook pages.

Crusader Kings III is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99/ £41.99/ €49.99 on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.

Paradox Interactive is a leading global publisher of strategy games for PC and console. The company has developed and published a world-renowned catalog stretching back to 1999, with players hailing from all around the world.

The publisher’s steadily-growing portfolio includes firmly established franchises such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, and Stellaris series created by Paradox Development Studio, the Age of Wonders series created by Triumph Studios, as well as award-winning titles such as Cities: Skylines, Pillars of Eternity, and more from a network of partner studios. Paradox is the owner of the World of Darkness IPs and is publishing Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Today, over four million people play a Paradox game each month, and the number of registered Paradox users is over twelve million.

Paradox’s head offices are located in Stockholm, Sweden. Our development studios are located in Stockholm, Malmö and Umeå, Sweden, in Delft, The Netherlands, in Seattle, Washington, and in Berkeley, California. We share a passion for gaming and gamers, and our goal is to provide deep and challenging games with hours of gameplay and endless variety to our ever-growing community.

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