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Crusader Kings III sells over two million copies as it gets released for next-gen

Published: 09:44, 04 May 2022
Paradox Interactive
Crusader Kings 3 - A king staring menacingly at you.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and we may feel the weight even more, soon enough

Paradox Interactive released their quarterly report where they revealed some pretty impressive numbers for their grand strategy, Crusader Kings III.

Crusader Kings III was a hit on release, owing to the series' fame and its own quality in what are likely equal parts. CK2 fans were eagerly awaiting the new game, which came eight years after its predecessor.

Having been released in 2020, CK3 was initially available only on PC, which makes the milestone of two million copies sold all the more impressive. The number may have been helped out by the release for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, which happened on March 29, 2022.

Still, the game was available on Xbox Game Pass from day one, meaning the sales impact may now have been that big. After all, the Crusader Kings series was always PC-centric so it's not much of a surprise that the vast majority of sales originate from this platform.

The success of CK3 played a part in Paradox Interactive's growth in Q1 2022, as the quarter was generally much more successful than the same one last year.

One of the profit drivers was the Royal Court DLC for CK3, released on February 8, 2022, but it hasn't enjoyed as much success as the base game when it comes to the fans.

Paradox Interactive Crusader Kings 3 teaser of the Royal Court in 3D Royal Court was not as well-received as base Crusader Kings 3

Currently, it stands on just 48 per cent positive reviews on Steam, compared to the base game's 93 per cent.

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