There’s a little DLC coming for Crusader Kings 3, but it’s neither an expansion nor a flavor pack. This time around, we’re getting the Friends & Friends event pack, which will release on Steam on September 8th. Rather unusually, for something that’s out in a week, Paradox hasn’t said what it will charge for the DLC.
It’s causing some consternation among strategy lovers, as the reveal of Friends and FaZe heats up after Paradox’s recent announcement that CK3’s flavor pack DLC will soon double in price. The Paradox community is a little concerned that they’re usually going to pay through the nose for DLC, and what price point Paradox will put on these relatively minor expansions. Of course, they couldn’t buy it, but I’m in no position to criticize anyone for buying the unnecessary Paradox DLC.
Friends And Foes promises over a hundred new unique ‘events’, those little choose-your-own-adventure pop-ups that regularly appear during CK3 games, with the effect of “this guy likes you a little bit more”. “It happens from. “You are dead glorious and without dignity”.
New event slots throughout the game: new ones that will appear when you try to befriend or romance another character, new scenarios for your character and their rivals, and events related to the memory system of the upcoming Bastion Update, which Will remind your Emperor about past events and experiences with other characters. There are also some new tunes for the soundtrack, just to kick things up during the plot and backstab.
The event pack concept marks a departure from Paradox’s established DLC cadence for CK3. Back when the game was released, Paradox said it would pursue the strategy of releasing major expansions — which would cost $30 and add weighty new layers to the game — interspersed with smaller flavor packs costing $7 that would. Will focus on specific regional mechanics and cosmetics. A slew of issues in Pandemic Plus Paradox pay for that strategy themselves, though, and DLC results in such a more expensive flavor pack.