Well, we can't say we weren't caught by surprise with this announcement, with Paradox announcing The Fate of Iberia Flavor Pack to be released on May 31, out of the blue. Not that we're complaining, though!
In addition to being one of the most played regions, the Iberian peninsula is interesting because of the complexity of the geopolitical situation, and the richness of the events occurring during the time period of Crusader Kings 3. It is a good opportunity to bring more flavor to both the Christians and Muslims living there.
With this new flavor pack, Paradox want to offer players the opportunity to truly decide the fate of the whole peninsula, either by reenacting history or creating an alternative that pleases them more, and, let's be honest, we all know what we'll pick.
In order to model the complexity of the situation, a new system is being introduced, called the Struggle. It will be changing the rules and increasing the challenge for the rulers within the Iberian peninsula.
A new 867 bookmark features a revamped Iberian cast of characters, giving players the perfect place to jump in and deflect history as they see fit. The Struggle will persist into the 1066 start date as well.
The bookmark will allow players to choose between different vassals, either from the Christian Kingdoms, or Al-Andalus. Each of them offers different starting challenges and choices.
As an example, the developers point us to the south, where Emir Adanis and Ibn Marwan are both Dukes under the Sultanate of Al-Andalus. But they also are neighbors and rivals. Starting with one of them will certainly imply crossing swords and scheming against the other.