Crusader Kings II & Europa Universalis IV expansions to encourage strategy, silly names

As edutainment classic Eternal Darkness taught us, Charlemagne was murdered by a group of possessed monks with unstoppable power derived from an ineffable, ancient evil. But did you know that before being supernaturally slaughtered, he united most of Western Europe for the first time since the fall of the Roman empire, and wore a shiny hat known as a “crown”? Unlikely as it sounds, it’s true.

The newest Crusader Kings II expansion is known simply as ‘Charlemagne’, and will celebrate his part in history by adding a new century to the game. The expansion starts in 769AD, with a series of story events relating to the life of the man himself. The expansion also brings with it a whole bunch of new game options, including the ability to create your very own kingdoms with customisable names and banners. We expect this to result in a lot more kingdoms obsessed with genitalia than is historically accurate.

Elsewhere from Paradox Interactive, a new expansion has also been announced for Europa Universalis IV. Somewhat ironically narrated with a 21st Century, American voice, the above trailer reveals that this expansion is to be called Art of War (but very little else). Though this alludes to the world-famous work by Sun Tzu, only military theorist Carl von Clausewitz (who is admittedly more relevant) is briefly mentioned in the press release.

Anyway, the important thing is that this expansion will throw in a bundle of very interesting options. Allowing you to simulate the Thirty Years’ War, it will give you options such as transferring occupied lands to allies, selling obsolete ships, and – perhaps most interesting of all – eventually supporting (or crushing) revolutions.

Both expansions will be available for Windows, Linux, and Mac “in the near future”.

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Written by Luke K

Luke plays lots of videogames, now and again stopping to write about them. He's the editor in chief at Critical Gamer, which fools him into thinking his life has some kind of value. Chances are, if you pick up a copy of the latest Official PlayStation Magazine or GamesMaster, you'll find something he's written in there. Luke doesn't have a short temper. If you suggest otherwise, he will punch you in the face.

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